“Advocate for Your Health” is the underlying theme for CISCRP’s upcoming AWARE for All – Clinical Research Education Day at Johns Hopkins’ Turner Auditorium on April 17. This three-hour program from 5:00pm – 8:00pm will feature free health screenings including HIV and Hep C, mental health, dental and oral, flu vaccines. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with research professional and clinical research study volunteer panelists from around the Baltimore area, and a diverse selection of community organizations exhibiting in the Information Alley.
This is a particularly special program to kick off the 2019 event repertoire as CISCRP is dedicating AWARE – Baltimore in honor of former advisory board member, Christine Pierre. Since our founding, Christine has been a passionate supporter of our mission: she served on our advisory board, was involved in our planning team for numerous events, and also personally encouraged industry professionals to support CISCRP’s programs and initiatives. She organized annual study volunteer appreciation events and donated proceeds to the AWARE for All educational initiative. A Medical Hero herself, she contributed tremendously to empowering patients as partners in the clinical research process.
Christine was passionate about and dedicated to communicating the essential role of investigative sites in the clinical research process and in every study volunteer’s experience. Christine and Ken Getz often shared the podium to advocate for this critical relationship. In an interview with PharmaVOICE back in June 2013 that shared the impetus behind launching the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS), Christine stated, “The sites are the closest to the nucleus of this industry – with the center being the volunteers. Without sites there are no subjects, no data, no research, and no advancement of medicine…sites are the only place in the research ecosystem that have the responsibility and privilege of interfacing with volunteers.”
The AWARE for All event and grass-roots outreach campaign focuses on what sites are doing to ensure that patients feel like they’re a part of the team. It also empowers the public with educational resources and tools to advocate for their health. We miss Christine greatly and are grateful for her tremendous contributions to the clinical research enterprise.
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Turner Auditorium at Johns Hopkins University (720 Rutland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205)
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- Free health screenings
- Free dinner
- Presentations by researchers, medical professionals, and study volunteers
- Networking opportunities among patient advocacy groups, community organizations, research centers and sites, academia, CROs, and sponsor companies
Written by Ellyn Getz, Senior Manager of Development and Community Engagement