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Current Studies

Researchers at the IWK Health Centre are currently recruiting participants for the following research studies:


 

Do you have a child with autism spectrum disorder?

We are recruiting parents/guardians of youth with autism spectrum disorder, born between January 1st 1992 and December 31st 2005 to participate in focus groups.

Participants will receive $100 as a thank you for their time and as a partial reimbursement for expenses associated with participation (e.g., costs associated with childcare and transportation).

To learn more about participating, please contact us at the Autism Research Centre by email at arc@iwk.nshealth.ca or by telephone at 902.470.5093.

This study has been approved by the IWK Health Centre Research Ethics Board.

 



Seeking 6- and 12-month-old infants who have an older sibling

The Autism Research Centre, at the IWK Health Centre, is conducting a study to identify early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

For this study, we will be following two groups of children:

- Children who are 6 or 12 months of age and have an older sibling with ASD

- Children who are 6 or 12 months of age and have a typically developing older sibling (and no family history of ASD).

Children will be seen starting at 6 or 12 months of age and will be followed until they are 3 years of age, for a total of 4-5 visits (depending on the child’s age at enrollment).

We will use a variety of play situations to learn more about how the children use toys, think, communicate and relate to others.

During some of these play activities, small sensors will be attached to the children’s feet and chest to monitor heart rate, breathing activity and skin temperature.

If any developmental concerns arise, we will help parents obtain appropriate care.

Families will receive $15 per visit to help cover the costs of transportation.

Please email stacey.macwilliam@iwk.nshealth.ca or call 902-470-7275 to find out more about this study! 

This study has been approved by the IWK Health Centre Research Ethics Board.


 

The Role of Siblings in Pediatric Pain

Do you have two children who are both between 8 and 12 years old?

We are looking for siblings between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, and one of their parents to take part in a fun research study at the IWK Health Centre about how children act when they are in pain.

This study involves visiting our Centre at the IWK for about 75 minutes, at a time that is convenient for you (including evenings and weekends). 

Your children will each receive $20.00 and a Junior Scientist participation certificate, and parents will receive $10.00 for participating and $5.00 to help with transportation costs.

Please call, 902-470-6906 or email CPPRWest@iwk.nshealth.ca to find out more about the study and to see if your children are eligible!

You can also visit our website at www.pediatric-pain.ca This study has been approved by the IWK Health Centre’s Research Ethics Board."

 


 

Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV)

For information about participating in vaccine research at the CCFV, please click here.

 


 

Other Studies:

 

Parent/Teenager Communication and Social Media

iPhone Headache Diary Study 

Looking for teens with asthma, arthritis or diabetes

Maritime Early Literacy Team Project (MELT)

Crohn's Disease Study (GEM Project)

Sexual Pain Study

 

Parent/Teenager Communication and Social Media

This study is looking at the relationship that using Social Media has with how well parents communicate with their teenagers. If you are a parent or teenager and are interested in participating, please send an email to: charlie.macleod@dal.ca   

This study will be done entirely online. If you say you’d like to participate via email, you will receive a response with a link and an ID number. Simply follow the link and fill out the questionnaire. It will take only minutes of your time. Participants will be entered in a draw for an iPad mini! Thank for your interest. 

 

iPhone Headache Diary Study 

Centre for Research in Family Health

Do you have headaches? If so, do you want to learn more about your headaches? You can now from anywhere in the world with this new iPhone application!

The app has a pain diary that allows you to conveniently track your headaches whenever they happen and provides helpful reports to help you to identify your headache patterns.

Our study is entirely electronic, so you can participate no matter what country you are from. Follow this link if you would like participate in our research study to test out the application: http://crfh.ca/whi

Participants will be reimbursed with a $20.00 CAD gift card for their time.

If you are interested in participating in this research, please e-mail Wireless.Headache@gmail.com.

 

Looking for teens with asthma, arthritis or diabetes

We are doing a study on Global Self-Worth in Adolescents with Chronic Illness and are interested in learning about teens in grades 9-12 who have been diagnosed with asthma, arthritis or diabetes. You will be asked to fill in some questionnaires on a computer. All your answers will be kept confidential. Parents are required to authorize participation in this study.

To thank you for your time, you will be entered into a draw to win one of ten $20 VISA gift cards and a chance to win the grand prize of an 8GB ipod Touch!

For more information, contact marcie.balch@unb.ca , or go to the study directly at https://survey.psyc.unb.ca/selfworth.aspx   

 

Maritime Early Literacy Team Project (MELT)

Are you expecting a baby in the next 2 months?

We would like to know how you plan on spending time with your baby. This study involves completing an online questionnaire that takes about 15 minutes.

Visit our website at www.unbf.ca/nursing/child/MELT.html

For more information, call 1-888-538-6988 or email Jennifer at jap@unb.ca

There are no out of pocket expenses to you if you participate in this study. All information will be kept confidential.

 

Crohn's Disease Study (GEM Project)

Do you have Crohn's disease?

or

Do you have a brother or sister who has Crohn's disease?

We are doing a study looking at people who have Crohn's disease (of any age) and their brothers and sisters (siblings) between the ages of 6 and 35.

The IBD GEM Project is looking at things that may cause Crohn's disease. Why does Crohn's disease affect some family members but not others?

If you are interested in taking part, or want more information, contact the GEM Project Coordinator at 902-470-6595 or refer to the GEM Project website at www.gemproject.ca .

* GEM =  Genetic, Environmental, and Microbial

  IBD = Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

 

Sexual Pain Study

Gynecological Pain Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and the IWK Health Centre

Do you suffer from painful sexual intercourse?

We are presently recruiting couples where the woman experiences vulvo-vaginal pain.

Inclusion Criteria: 

Women suffering from vulvo-vaginal pain

Women aged 18 to 45 years, partners 18 years or older

Co-habitating for at least 6 months

Daily Internet Access

**Other eligibility criteria may apply.

Women will undergo a gynecological exam. Both members of the couple will complete questionnaires at an orientation session as well as brief, web-based questionnaires for two months.

Individuals will receive $20 for orientation and $12/week ($232 total per couple) as compensation and will receive valuable information about their pain condition.

For more information please contact: 

Dr. Natalie Rosen

(902) 470-6532

sexualpainstudy@gmail.com

 

 

The IWK Health Centre is respected for its world-class research into disorders and diseases affecting women, children, youth and families and is home to many leading research centres. 

Learn more about our research centres by visiting one of the links below.