The Kids and Families Impacting Disease through Science (KIDS) Georgia Chapter is co-led by the Georgia CTSA's Pediatric Research Center (PRC) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston. KIDS is a collaboration between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology, local AAP Chapters, children’s hospitals, universities, private pediatric groups, and local schools.

KIDS is an advisory group of children, adolescents, and families focused on understanding, communicating, and improving the process of medical innovation for children. This program pairs acute or chronically ill children (and families), children and families who have participated in research, and healthy children who are interested in science/medicine to form an advisory group. This group provides ideas and feedback on how to improve the research process. Read More


Madison Darsey

President

Senior / Wesleyan School

  • Age: 18
Madison is on the leadership team for marching band, and is on her school’s servant team where she does local service projects for the community. As the President for KIDS Georgia, she is responsible for speaking at meetings, reviewing  any communications projects, as well as approving all public documents prior to publication.

Lydia El-Sayegh

Vice President

Junior / Norcross High School

  • Age: 15
Lydia has strong interest in pursuing a career in the medical field. KIDS provides her with many wonderful opportunities to learn and sparked her interest in Biomedical Engineering. Apart from her love for science, Lydia also enjoys playing guitar, learning languages, and running. She is deeply involved in her church youth group as well as a leader in her school, participating on the Student Council Executive Board and as a Norcross Senior Ambassador. She hopes that in the future she will be able to serve as a doctor in other countries where people are in need.

Teagan Thompson

Historian

Senior / St. Pius Catholic School

  • Age: 18
Teagan enjoys taking honors and AP classes through high school, such as AP World History, AP and Honors English, Honors Geometry and Algebra, AP and Honors Biology, and Honors French. For her senior year she will take AP English, AP Psychology, and AP French 5. She also plays soccer at the high school and club levels. She played Varsity soccer for her high school since she was a Freshmen, and won the State Championship her Freshmen and Sophomore years. She plays a club season year round for the #1 ranked team in Georgia and played for the Olympic Development Team, making the Region pool two years. She is also interested in biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and art. She likes to be outdoors and loves to paint and create things.​

Matthew Plunk

Treasurer

Sophomore / Wesleyan School

  • Age: 15
Matthew was born in Colorado to two amazing, smart parents, and moved to Virginia, where he was diagnosed with autism. Moving back to Georgia was hard, but with the help of specialized education, a decent dose of life in the real world, and parents, a sister, and friends who never gave up, he reassimilated. Matthew is thankful to iCAN for giving him the opportunity to learn more about himself and how he can help.

Paige Meisner

Communications Liaison

Freshman / Lakeside High School

  • Age: 14
Paige is a competitive swimmer at Dynamo Swim Club year round. She also participates in the Scientific Tools and Techniques program at Fernbank.

Hunter Darsey

Photographer

Sophomore / Wesleyan School

  • Age: 15
Hunter is interested in all aspects of science and looks forward to serving KIDS Georgia.

Hampton Woods

Technology Officer

Sophomore / Mt. Paran Christian School

  • Age: 15
Hampton is the co-founder of Haygood and Woods Co., LLC. He and his partner, Jake Haygood, attended PEDS 2040 on behalf of iCAN where they participated in the Young Innovators Workshop and Innovation Beach. They presented their medical device at Innovation Beach and won the popular vote award. The team also presented at the Emory-Children's-Georgia Tech Pediatric Research Alliance Molecules for Minions Conference at the Georgia Aquarium, and is in the process of obtaining a patent for their device. Hampton was a keynote speaker for the Pediatric Pharmacy Association's annual meeting, and participated in the International Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI) roundtable discussions at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Pediatric Technology Center at Georgia Tech. Recently, Hampton had the privilege of representing KIDS Georgia at the iCAN summit in Barcelona, Spain, and the International Congress of Pediatrics in Vancouver, British Columbia. When Hampton was four months old, he was diagnosed with idiopathic cirrhosis, necessitating a non-related living donor liver transplant. Hampton is currently enrolled in a clinical research study called iWith in conjunction with Emory University. In addition to Biomedical Engineering, Hampton enjoys playing the baritone, hanging out with his friends, competing in swim team, and leading a middle school boys' small group at Woodstock City Church.

Jake Haygood

Technology Officer

Sophomore / Mt. Paran Christian School

  • Age: 15
Jake is the co-founder of Haygood and Woods Co., LLC. He and his partner, Hampton Woods, attended PEDS 2040 on behalf of iCAN where they participated in the Young Innovators Workshop and Innovation Beach. They presented their medical device at Innovation Beach and won the popular vote award. Jake and Hampton also recently demonstrated their device at the Emory-Children's-Georgia Tech Molecules for Minions Conference held at the Georgia Aquarium. Jake was previously a part of the AnemoCheck team in the role of app development and served as the technology chair of the iCAN international board. Since the age of nine when he received a book on Python, programming has been his passion. He is a self-taught programmer fluent in a variety programming languages including C, C++, Arduino, Python, Vb.net, C#, html, R, Swift, Java, JavaScript, VBScript, and VB.net. Also, he has an understanding of how computers work at a hardware level and has experience with micro controllers. Currently, Jake uses these skills to mentor a younger student. He is knowledgeable in computer architecture and how electrical components interface to form logic modules and complex electrical systems. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, programming, playing football, playing the ukulele, designing circuits, and hanging out with his friends.​