A free health education forum on clinical research in November in Atlanta

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“Access to clinical trials is access to care. To ensure the comfort level of diverse communities in clinical research, we need to increase the diversity of people working in all facets of healthcare as a whole, ”said Melissa Hardman, Founder and CEO of Faces of Research LLC.

The Clinical Research Participation Information and Study Center (CISCRP), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and informing the public about the clinical research process, announced today his AWARE for All-Atlanta forum. This is a free virtual event that is open to the public and will be held Nov. 16-18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST each evening. The forum is designed for the Atlanta community, featuring local clinical trial participants, healthcare professionals, and organizations.

With the goal of reducing health disparities and increasing demographic diversity in clinical trials, the forum brings together a unique consortium of health educators and clinical trial participants who will share the benefits of clinical research and the important role that trials play in advancing health care. To register for the Atlanta event, visit: https://www.ciscrp.org/event/aware-for-all-atlanta-virtual-event/.

The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial and ethnic minority communities, combined with decades of mistrust and misinformation about clinical research, has heightened the urgency of expanding the scope to reach more than participants in clinical trials. The AWARE for All forum aims to increase the participation of historically marginalized communities that have long been absent from research into treatments, vaccines, medical devices and therapeutic drugs.

“Research should be the next step in the health care process, not a daunting process. Access to clinical trials is access to health care. To ensure the comfort level of diverse communities in clinical research, we need to increase the diversity of people working in all facets of healthcare as a whole, ”said Melissa Hardman, Founder and CEO of Faces of Research LLC.

AWARE for All – Atlanta is supported by local research teams, advocacy groups and a consortium of biopharmaceutical companies and service providers. The program will answer key questions about the clinical trial process, what to expect as a participant, and the benefits and risks of participation. This 3-night webinar series will feature several panel discussions, including perspectives from clinical trial participants and healthcare professionals:

Tina Berry, Breast Cancer Trial Participant

Terp Varin, Mental Health Trial Participant

Glenn Bachman, Lymphoma Cancer Trial Participant

Ashley Nealy, COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Participant

Phyllis Kaplan, Type 1 Diabetes Trial Participant

Mary Slomkowski, Otsuka

Leah Szumita, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Meghan McKenzie, Genentech

Adaline Kumar, CureQuest LLC

Zach Mitchel, iResearch Atlanta

Tamara Wakhisi, Northside Hospital-Central Research Department

Melissa Hardman, Faces of Research, LLC

Yolanda Little, Novartis

The AWARE for All event series has been pivotal in bringing attention to clinical research through common medical conditions, with the goal of reaching a diverse population to advance research and the quality of care. This is the fifth of the AWARE for All 2021 programs.

As part of the virtual event, an information exhibition center will feature more than 30 organizations sharing resources, a health and wellness pavilion and a theater with short educational videos on clinical trials. . Exhibitors include Pfizer, Biogen, Janssen, Otsuka, IQVIA, CSL Behring, EMD Serono, WCG, Novartis and Genentech. Visitors can also connect with Atlanta-based organizations such as SisterLove, RedMoon Project, iResearch Atlanta, Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Diabetes Association of Atlanta, and many more.

To access recorded webinars and AWARE for All information exhibition centers prior to 2021, visit http://www.awareforall.org.

About CISCRP

The Clinical Research Participation Information and Study Center (CISCRP) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. clinical research. The CISCRP provides free education and awareness to the general public and patient communities.

Visit http://www.CISCRP.org for more information or to participate in CISCRP educational initiatives. For any additional questions about AWARE for All, contact knowforall@ciscrp.org or call 877-633-4376.

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