Free Community Health Event Promotes Clinical Research Participation

On Tuesday, December 5, the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) hosted “AWARE for All,” a health education event for the local Jacksonville community, where attendees had access to health screenings, dinner, prizes, and information about clinical research. The forum billed itself as a free health education forum and a chance to bring educational health information directly to patients and the public within local communities. Attendees of the event interacted with local researchers, clinical trial participants, health care professionals and advocacy groups to learn about clinical research and clinical trial participation. Attendees had access to health screenings, blood pressure, BMI, glucose, vision screenings, as well as free dinner and prizes. The first 100 people that registered received a Walgreens gift card and those who registered a friend or family member was entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Kindle. The event is produced by CISCRP with support from Mayo Clinic and other local and community sponsors. “The AWARE program is a unique educational event helping people learn about the clinical research process and what it means to be a participant in a clinical trial,” says Ken Getz, CISCRP’s Founder.  Shown are Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinical research advocates Cynthia Knoche and Tiana Deas. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Take a look! For more visit www.ciscrp.org

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