KidsCAN PERC Innovative Pediatric Clinical Trials (iPCT) Network

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The iPCT combines comparative effectiveness with implementation research and presents an integrated set of four innovative multi-centre clinical trials in pediatric emergency medicine, supported by core methodological expertise, data management, and network coordination. Our goal is to demonstrate that the proposed iPCT methods will allow the generation of evidence that will have an immediate impact on pediatric clinical decision-making. This initial step will lay the groundwork for a national network called “KIDSCAN” – a Canadian coordinating and advisory network and infrastructure to ensure best therapies for children.

The Network Coordinating Centre (NCC), located in Winnipeg at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, is composed of several key positions throughout the network. The NCC provides leadership, oversees network operations, establishes and increases infrastructure for more efficient clinical trial administration.  This will include supporting researchers through their research project’s lifecycle, with a focus on contract preparation and facilitation, regulatory preparation and submission, development and establishing for adoption standardized study documents, templates and communication processes.

Network Coordinating Centre

Terry Klassen, Nominated Principal Investigator
Tannis Erickson, Executive Director, CRU, CHRIM
Geert ‘t Jong, Medical Lead, CRU, CHRIM
Chelsea Bowkett, Project Coordinator, CHRIM


Lead Sites

NO OUCH, Dr. Samina Ali, University of Alberta
BIPED, Dr. Amy Plint, CHEO
INK, Dr. Naveen Poonai, Western University
DOSE AGE, Dr. Stephen Freedman, University of Calgary

Methods Core     

Martin Offringa, Lead
Petros Pechlivanoglou,
Anna Heath,
Chris McCabe,
Trial Methodologist
Gareth Hopkin,
Health Economist
Jeff Round, Health Economist


Data Coordinating Centre

Lawrence Richer, Lead
Tanya Voth, WCHRI Program Officer
Rick Watts, Lead Research Informatics
Maryna Yaskina, Biostatistician

additional Participating Sites

  • Winnipeg Children’s Hospital

  • CHU Sainte-Justine

  • McMaster University Medical Centre

  • Starship Children’s Hospital, New Zealand

  • Kidz First Middlemore Hospital, New Zealand

  • Waikato Hospital, New Zealand

  • Perth Children’s Hospital, Australia

  • Monash Health, Australia

  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Australia



  • KidsCAN Trials

  • Pediatric Emergency Research Canada

  • Maternal Infant Child Youth Research Network

  • Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba

  • George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation

  • Women and Children’s Health Research Institute

  • SickKids Research Institute

The iPCT project is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Innovative Clinical Trials Multi-year Grant

The iPCT project is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Innovative Clinical Trials Multi-year Grant