AWARE for All – Baltimore
Free event to help educate public about importance of research studies
Stacy M. Brown | 4/12/2019, 6 a.m.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), along with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research will host AWARE for All – Baltimore, a free event that aims to educate the public about the importance of their participation in research studies.
Sponsored by EMD Serono; the Chase Brexton POWER Project; Susan G. Komen; the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Alzheimer’s Association; and others, AWARE for All – Baltimore is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Turner Auditorium at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus at 720 Rutland Avenue in East Baltimore.
Attendees will be treated to health screenings, informational panels and speeches, healthy bites and giveaways.
“There is a need for general education about the clinical research process including the risks, benefits, and the rights of participants. This is an important opportunity for the Baltimore community to work together to address this need and to recognize those who give the gift of participation,” said Ellyn Getz, the association director of Development & Community Engagement at CISRCP.
“A very high percentage of the public cannot name a place where clinical trials are conducted and most say they wouldn’t know what to do if they needed to find and evaluate clinical trials to aid in their decision to participate,” Getz said. “Through AWARE for All – Baltimore, CISCRP and our local collaborators are working to build greater awareness and understanding of the clinical research process and the important role diverse participation plays in advancing public health.”
CISCRP is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering people to make informed decisions about clinical research participation.
Since its founding in 2004, officials said the organization has been an international leader in promoting public trust of the clinical research enterprise and raising public awareness of clinical research’s role in improving public health.
“The goal of the ‘AWARE for All’ event is to help diverse communities understand all their treatment options so that they can make the best decision for themselves and for their families,” Getz said. “We’ve been moved by the number of advocacy and research teams joining in the movement to raise awareness about clinical research and share free educational resources with the Baltimore community.
“This is an important milestone in building awareness about both clinical research participation and the crucial role that clinical research volunteers play in advancing new medicines.”
To register for the free event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aware-for-all-baltimore-2019-registration-53654046698?aff=sarahroseoutreach