Letter from the Editor, July 2017

Dear Readers,

I hope you are all having a wonderful Summer and enjoying the warm weather!  I’m excited to share some updates and information about what’s been going on at CISCRP and what we’re looking forward to in the coming months.

In this edition of our newsletter we are honored to be interviewing Rhonda Monroe in our Medical Hero Spotlight.  Rhonda is an advocate for women’s heart health and shares her personal story of participating in a clinical trial for her heart disease.  We are also featuring two leading organizations, Biogen and TransCelerate, in this quarter’s Supporter Spotlight.  You can read more about their contributions to our latest Clinical Trials Supplement that appeared in the May edition of USA Today.

We are also including an article on CISCRP’s 2017 Perceptions & Insights Study to give you an in-depth look at how we conduct the study and analyze the results.  This study, done in 2013, 2015, and now again in 2017, is a staple of CISCRP’s Research Services and has become an essential tool for gaining a better understanding of public and patient perceptions of clinical research to improve trial participation and experience.

In other news, we are honored to thank and recognize WIRB-Copernicus Group® (WCG) for its recent support of CISCRP’s Medical Heroes 5K Run & Walk, held last month in Chicago.  Additionally, on Tuesday, June 20th, a day after the 5K, WCG held a reception, “Discovering New Depths of Clinical Research with WCG,” at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, in honor of CISCRP.  During the reception, WCG presented CISCRP with a generous donation to support CISCRP’s many patient education and outreach programs and initiatives.  We are so thankful to WCG for their continued support of our programs and initiatives.  You can read more in our press release about the donation and support.

In upcoming events news, CISCRP is gearing up to host several AWARE for All Clinical Research Education days in Jacksonville, FL, Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC this Fall.  These free community events are a chance for patients and the public to learn more about clinical research through presentations, exhibits, and access to free health screenings, food, and giveaways.  Be sure to check our Upcoming Events page for new AWARE for All city and date announcements, coming soon!

And if you’re a researcher or site looking for educational materials about clinical trial participation be sure to check out the CISCRP Store for brochures, posters, and videos that you can use to educate your patients about clinical research.  Interested in co-branding our brochures for use at your sites?  Contact me at rminnick@ciscrp.org for pricing and options.

I wish you all the best and hope you will keep CISCRP in your thoughts.

Thanks for Reading,


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