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Aware For All Clinical Research Education Day to be Held at USciences on March 2
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Contact:  Brian Letourneau, CISCRP
Contact Email:  617-725-2750
Contact Phone:  aware@ciscrp.org

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) is holding its annual Aware for All Clinical Research Education Day event at USciences’ McNeil Science and Technology Center (45th St. at Woodland Ave.) on Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event is designed to educate and inform the public and healthcare professionals about the clinical research process.

This year’s event will feature a distinguished speaking faculty including Michael Wolf, acting secretary of health, and Dr. Richard Stefanacci, associate professor health policy and public health at USciences and board president of the Go4thGoal Foundation. AWARE will also feature educational programs, an exhibition area featuring local organizations, and free breakfast and lunch. The AWARE program includes workshops and lectures focusing on diabetes, cardiovascular issues, HIV/AIDS, and other conditions.

Additionally, there will be free health screenings for blood pressure, Body Mass Index, HIV, vision, and others (screenings run from 9 a.m. to noon), a clinical research educational handbook, and access to a nationwide database of clinical trials. Advanced registration is encouraged through aware@ciscrp.org or by calling 1-877-MED-HERO.

“Public and patient awareness and knowledge about clinical research is very low,” explained Ken Getz, founder and chairman of the board at CISCRP. “Most people are uncertain about the process and unsure of what to expect.

“The AWARE for ALL program is a terrific way for the public and patients to learn about why and how clinical research is conducted and where research is being performed in their community. Ultimately, CISCRP hopes to empower patients and the public to make more informed decisions about clinical research.”

CISCRP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide outreach and education to improve clinical research literacy among public and patient communities. Visit www.CISCRP.org for more information or to donate support.

Community partners include USciences, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Delaware Valley Stroke Council, Wills Eye, American Lung Association of Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, and more.

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