Children & Families (CALIPER)jorge2022-05-26T14:29:49+00:00
Children & Families
Children & Families
Are you interested in participating in CALIPER?
There are many sick children across Canada and around the world. CALIPER offers one way for you to provide your support. By donating a small blood sample to the CALIPER program, you’ll be helping doctors worldwide diagnose and treat sick children.
Healthy children (determined based on questionnaire responses)
Children who are 0 to 18 years old
Who cannot participate?
Children with a history of chronic illness or metabolic disease
Children who have had an acute illness within the past month
Children who have taken prescribed medication in the past month
What does participation involve?
Schedule a study visit
We’ll arrange an appointment for you at SickKids or at a local school or community organization as part of a CALIPER clinic.
Complete a consent form and health questionnaire
You (and your parent or guardian if you are under 16 years of age) will complete a brief health questionnaire and informed consent form. A member of the CALIPER team will discuss the program with you and answer any questions you may have.Copies of these forms can be viewed at the links below.
CALIPER aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of children across Canada. We are trying to determine what is normal and healthy when a child is screened for a disease. Our findings are used by doctors in order to compare healthy and normal blood levels to those of their sick patients.
In a case where we find something of concern or abnormal with your child’s blood, your family physician will be contacted. They are able to share that information with you and choose the appropriate action to take.
This varies with each child. Some say it feels like a mosquito bite and others say it feels like a pinch. We use a needle called the butterfly needle, which is used on babies when treated at hospitals. It is the smallest type of needle and pain is minimal.
Most children do not feel sick after donating, since only a small amount of blood is taken. However, some children may feel anxious, scared, and nervous and sometimes feel faint or nauseous after donating. These reactions usually only last minutes and rarely occur. Generally, children are able to return to their normal daily activities immediately after donating blood.
We have fully trained phlebotomists who are a part of the CALIPER team and employed by SickKids Hospital that will draw the blood. Our staff are experienced with children and are professionals in their field.
Yes, of course. We take blood from any child who wishes to donate. However, their blood may not be used towards our paediatric reference database since it is not “normal” but may be used in future tests to help other children with illnesses.
So far, we have tested hundreds of markers within the blood. This includes hormones, vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, etc. These levels ultimately look at serum chemistry, enzymes, proteins, and lipid analytes.
This is an ongoing project that is expanding throughout Canada. We are trying to obtain information that is representative of the Canadian youth population. Having as many children as possible participate will increase the accuracy of our results.