COVID-19 — Information for Research Participants

Are you taking part in research during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, please read this before coming onsite. 

When you and your family take part in research, you are helping us:
  • Improve treatments and find cures
  • Transform care with breakthrough technologies
  • Gain new insight into child health and development
  • Build healthier communities through improved prevention, policy and practice

Current Research Studies

The following studies are led by BC Children's Hospital investigators and are currently recruiting study participants. Click on the study title below for more information. 

Nutrition Research Study with Children

Nutrition Research Study with ChildrenA lot of plant based proteins are staple foods around the world. They are a good source of many nutrients, except lysine. Lysine is an essential amino acid needed for growth and development. We want to measure how much lysine is available from plant based food, like corn and black beans, that children eat.

Learn more here.

Navigating the healthcare, school and community systems when your child has DCD
Girl walking to schoolIf you are a parent of a child with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), our researchers would like to hear from you about navigating the healthcare, school and community systems when managing the challenges arising from your child’s motor coordination difficulties.  The outcomes from this study will help inform government about the service needs of children with DCD and their families. 

Learn more here.
Developing and evaluating a mental health self-assessment tool for post-secondary students
Student looking up at cloudsMore than 50% of post-secondary students experience a mental health concern. Our researchers are inviting post-secondary students to participate in focus groups to help them develop a mental health tool that will help students assess their mental health needs and link them to resources. 

Learn more here
Folate in Pregnancy Study 
PregnancyResearchers at UBC and BC Children's Hospital are inviting pregnant women to participate in a nutrition study to determine if natural folate is as effective as synthetic folic acid in increasing serum and red blood cell folate concentrations during pregnancy.

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Evaluating Virtual Reality as a Procedural Preparation for MRI
VR Virtual reality has been shown to benefit individuals preparing for clinical procedures such as sedation, medical imaging, and surgeries. Researchers at BC Children's Hospital are seeking children between the ages of four to 13 to participate in a study to explore if virtual reality can be used to prepare children for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

Learn more here

P2RISM Study - Help improve care for moms and babies in BC
mom and babyAre you pregnant and planning to deliver at BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre? Our researchers are studying healthy pregnant women and babies to help health care providers better interpret lab test results. This study will help providers identify and manage health problems that could impact moms and babies.

Learn more here

Optimizing the Management of Pain and Irritability in Children with Severe Neurological Impairment
Optimizing the Management of Pain & Irritability
Photo credit: Mavreen David
Is your child experiencing pain and you don't know why? Our researchers are looking for children between the ages of six months and 18 years with neurological problems who cannot communicate verbally about their pain. The study aims to improve the management of ongoing, unexplained pain and irritability in children with severe, neurological impairments. 

Learn more here

Development and validation of the Understanding Your Physical Symptoms and Emotions Questionnaire
iStockDo you have physical symptoms that get in the way of your life? Researchers at BC Children's Hospital are looking for families of youth (11-18 years old) with any type of physical symptoms to help them develop a questionnaire to understand the relationship between stress and physical symptoms.

Learn more here

Help researchers understand what information matters to pregnant women making treatment decisions

FallMaternityPregnant volunteers are needed for the UBC study "Navigating The Grey Zone." Researchers will conduct a 15 minute interview with volunteers to find out how to help pregnant women decide if they should take steroids to help their babies' lungs when faced with the possibility of an early delivery.

Learn more here

Away We Grow! Improving nutrition for toddlers

Away We GrowDo you have a toddler under 18 months old? This study will compare the effect of drinking regimens on toddler growth and development from 18 - 24 months of age. 

Learn more here.

BC Children's Hospital BioBank

Biobank frozen samplesAre you or your child being cared for at either BC Children’s Hospital or BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre? You can further medical research in a wide-range of areas by donating samples, such as blood, to the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank. A single biospecimen could fuel many research projects, any one of which might lead to an important medical breakthrough.

All samples are collected through routine medical procedures. You will not be asked to make appointments for additional procedures to donate to the BioBank. Patient confidentiality is protected by the BioBank, and personal information will never be released to anyone outside of the BioBank.

For more information visit the BioBank website or contact 604-875-2000 ext. 6423 or