Clinical trials begin and end with participants. People – mostly volunteers – are at the heart of our industry and directly impact the success of every trial. However, among the general public, there continues to be a lack of awareness and understanding about clinical research. In fact, only 27% of people in North America report that they are confident in finding an appropriate clinical research study.
To increase understanding about clinical trials and empower individuals to learn about local opportunities, we are shining a light on the ongoing efforts of our friends at the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP). The nonprofit organization, dedicated to educating and informing the public on clinical research, created the AWARE for All event series back in 2015 to provide free health screenings, informational exhibits that feature community groups and research centers, and local physician and patient speakers.
As part of the 2021 AWARE for All events, CISCRP transformed the series to take place virtually for the first time, which allowed for the expansion of efforts to all regions across the US – with a particular focus on diverse communities. The first event, AWARE for All – Northeast kicked off in April with a 90-minute user-friendly webinar that invited attendees to hear personal stories from clinical trial participants and research professionals. Participants could also visit CISCRP’s Informational Exhibit Center, featuring local organizations focused on health and wellness, and discover the importance of diverse representation in clinical research. The next two events were very similar: AWARE for All – Northwest in May and AWARE for All – Midwest in July.
Good news for those who are interested in joining or spreading the word! CISCRP will host AWARE for All – Southwest on October 21. They’ll then wrap up the series with an in-person event in Atlanta.
For more information on how you can get involved or attend, visit ciscrp.org/events/aware-for-all.