This fall, CISCRP will be hosting three AWARE for All events: its first ever program in New York City on Saturday, October 3 at St. John’s University in Queens, its third AWARE event in Chicago on September 28 at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and a fifth program in the Triangle, NC on October 22 at the William and Ida Friday Center. All programs will panel discussions and overview presentations to provide insight into the clinical research process—what it is, what it’s like to participate, what we learn from studies and why it’s important for many different people to get involved.
In addition to providing valuable educational information, the events provide food and free health screenings to attendees. At each AWARE event, CISCRP also recognizes and honors “Medical Heroes” – members of the community who have participated in clinical trials – in a special ceremony.
The AWARE programs aim to bring the research community, patients, and the public together to support dialogue and understanding about clinical research participation and the important role of study volunteers. AWARE events also put a face on the local clinical research community and raise awareness about clinical trials being conducted locally.
Jill McNair, CISCRP’s Director of Education, Outreach, and Community Support, describes AWARE events as a vital piece to the organization’s mission to engage the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. “There is a need for general education about the clinical research process including the risks, benefits, and the rights of participants. Bringing the AWARE program to major cities like New York and Chicago helps spread these important messages about clinical research to a large and diverse community,” says McNair.
Registration for attendees is now open for the Chicago, New York and Triangle events. Register online for free at www.awareforall.org. Please contact CISCRP at 617-725-2750 if you would like to volunteer to help organize and support the AWARE programs.