It Doesn't Have to Hurt

Can a robot help kids with their blood test?

Introducing B-Positive!

Blood tests are a common and necessary part of  children’s healthcare experiences. Unfortunately, they are also a source of pain and distress. In this study we are looking at whether introducing a robot into the waiting room of the blood clinic at our health centre can be done in an feasible way and help children with getting blood tests.

If your child is between the ages of 4-15 years and they are having a blood test at the IWK Health Centre, watch for our Research Assistants in the waiting room and your family may be eligible to participate!


Featured News

Announcing our robot's new name....

October 4th, 2017

Thanks to Global Halifax for having two members of our team, LeAnne Revell (Research in Medicine student) and Dr. Jennifer Parker (Research Associate) on the morning news to announce our robot’s new name live, as chosen and voted on by...

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The Sheldon MacLeod Show

July 26th, 2017

Sheldon MacLeod from News 95.7 learns more about the IWK Health Centre's new robot and how it will help children getting a blood test in an interview with Dr. Christine Chambers. Click here to listen to the interview.

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IWK researchers introduce robot helper for blood collection clinic in Halifax

July 25th, 2017

Global News recently visited our lab at the IWK Health Centre to learn about our new robot helper, funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Click here to read more and watch the video.

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We need your help! Our new friend needs a name!

July 25th, 2017

Check out our Facebook page to meet our new friend who will be spending time in the blood collection lab at the IWK Health Centre. There is bit of a problem… our friend doesn’t have a name! We need YOUR help to...

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Research Team


Dr. Christine Chambers

Scientific Co-Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Leota Dickey

Administrative Co-Principal Investigator

IWK Health Centre

Dr. Katelynn Boerner

Co-Investigator

BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Alfhid Larson

Co-Investigator

Dalhousie University

Chantal LeBlanc

Co-Investigator

IWK Health Centre

Heather MacNeil

Co-Investigator

IWK Health Centre

Dr. Jennifer Parker

Co-Investigator

IWK Health Centre

Kristen Higgins

PhD student

Dalhousie University

Perri Tutelman

PhD student

Dalhousie University

Funding

IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University