The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) announces AWARE for All – Miami, a free bilingual (English and Spanish) event to educate the Miami community about the clinical research process and to connect patients and the public with health and clinical research professionals.
The event will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Miami on Thursday, October 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. This evening program will offer more than 15 free health screenings – including breast health/risk/self-exams, COPD and memory screenings, flu vaccines and anemia testing, informational exhibits from local healthcare organizations, informative presentations from prominent Miami-based medical professionals and researchers about various health conditions, and local patients involved in clinical research, as well as dinner and raffle prizes. Funding for this event is generously provided by EMD Serono, the Lupus Research Alliance, INC Research, Segal Institute for Clinical Research, Clinical Research of South Florida, Clinical Trials of Florida, LLC (subsidiary of Marquez Clinical), and other local and national health and advocacy organizations.
Two separate and simultaneous presentations will educate attendees in both Spanish and English – exploring a broad range of topics including: why clinical trials are conducted, the risks and benefits of clinical trial participation, and the informed consent process. Panels of medical research professionals and local clinical trial participants will share their experiences and invite questions and discussion.
“This event is a valuable opportunity for the Miami community – patients, the public, medical and research professionals – to come together to learn about clinical research and the role it is playing in advancing public health and answering questions about disease conditions and evolving treatments,” explained Ken Getz, Founder and Board Chair at CISCRP. “AWARE for All is also an ideal opportunity for patients and the public to personally interact with physicians and nurses actively conducting — and study volunteers who have participated in — clinical research studies throughout the greater Miami area.”
Since 2003, CISCRP has held more than 50 AWARE for All Clinical Research Education Events in cities around the world. The upcoming Miami event will be CISCRP’s second bilingual program. The first bilingual event was held in Houston, TX and attracted more than 300 community member attendees.
“Even after 18 years of managing clinical trial sites, we have found that there is still a lack of awareness regarding clinical trials in our community. Research centers along with other stakeholders need to work together to find solutions that will address these challenges,” said Bonnie Segal, Co-founder and Vice President of Segal Institute for Clinical Research. “CISCRP has done an incredible job promoting clinical trial awareness around the country, and we are honored to be one of their trusted partners to educate, help reduce social stigmas and help mitigate trial safety concerns.”
AWARE for All is a free event open to the public; however, advanced registration is strongly encouraged through www.awareforall.org or by calling 1-877-MED-HERO (1-877-633-4376). Para inscribirse en español, marque el 786-417-6115.
The Center for Information and Study (CISCRP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. CISCRP provides free education and outreach to the general public and to patient communities. Visit www.CISCRP.org for more information and to learn about supporting CISCRP’s educational initiatives.
Community partners include: Alzheimer’s Association, Brain Tumor Society, Bridging Research on Anxiety, Innovations & Neuroscience Group at University of Miami, C.A.R.E. for Crohn’s, ClinEdge, Clinical Research of South Florida, the COPD Foundation, CTSI UMiami, Debbie’s Dream Foundation, JDRF – South Florida Chapter, Diario Las Americas, The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation, Clinical Trials of South Florida, The STARR Coalition, Florida Council for Community Mental Health, ALPHA-1 Foundation, JScreen, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National Kidney Foundation of Florida, Nova Southeastern, Quintiles, Walgreens, The Segal Institute for Clinical Research, the Lupus Research Alliance, and the University of Miami – Department of Psychology.