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Research Studies Now Recruiting

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

Canadian Center for Vaccinology

The Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV) is looking for volunteers of various ages on an ongoing basis.

Volunteer opportunities at CCfV may include clinical trials for new vaccines, surveys or focus groups to learn about your experiences with vaccination or public health measures, or challenge studies (inpatient studies that expose healthy adult volunteers to a disease in a controlled and contained environment). Reimbursement differs from study to study and may include travel and parking costs as well as reimbursement for your time.

Are you or someone you know interested in being a part of vaccine or infectious disease research? View a full list of recruiting studies at or visit to find out more about CCfV challenge studies. If you don’t see a current study you are eligible for, we would love to add you to our mailing list. You can contact us at


The IBD GEM Project

Do you have Crohn's disease? Or do you have a brother or sister who has Crohn's disease? We’re doing a study looking at people (of any age) who have Crohn's disease 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? (GEM = Genetic, Environmental, and Microbial; IBD = Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

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

REB #1004947


PRIMeR - Autism Research Study

Does your preschooler with autism use less than 10 words? Do they not show interest in playing with toys? Are you looking for ways to help your child?

Some services help many children with autism and their families a lot—but a few children don’t gain as much. With this research study, we want to learn how to help young children with autism who have the lowest levels of speech and play skills.

A research coach will talk you through the steps of a play-based approach (toys provided) for building your child’s skills. You will have 10, virtual one-on-one sessions with your coach over 8 weeks.

Participants will receive compensation.

To learn more about participating, please contact Kathryne at

REB #1027196


The Social ABCs - Autism Research Centre Study

The Autism Research Center is working to develop an innovative approach to increase access to an early intervention program for toddlers who show signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This program, called the Social ABCs, teaches parents ways to help their children connect and communicate with their caregiver. In this study, we'll examine how well it works to teach this program virtually to a group of parents/caregivers.

What’s involved?

  • Filling out questionnaires 
  • Attending virtual workshops with other parents of toddlers showing early signs of ASD
  • Weekly one-on-one virtual meetings with a Social ABCs Parent Coach over 6 weeks (sessions will be video recorded to measure learning).

You may be eligible if:

  • Your child is between 12-42 months.
  • Your child has social communication challenges or a diagnosis of ASD.
  • You have access to a webcam and computer with high-speed internet.

Please email or call 902-470-7275 to find out more about this study.

REB # 1026965

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    IWK Health Research & Innovation Advancement (RIA)

    5850/5980 University Ave.
    PO Box 9700
    Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 6R8

    If you are looking for a specific individual from one of our departments or facilities please visit our Research Team (RIA) page.

    If you have a general question about research, our services, facilities or programs, please email us. You can also sign up for our weekly IWK Research E-Bulletin by contacting us via the email below.

    Research & Innovation Advancement (RIA)