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Unique Free Online Event to Educate Public About Clinical Research Set for July 16

After decades of distrust and misinformation about clinical research, a unique group have planned a free event for public about clinical research participation.

CHICAGO, IL, USA, July 13, 2020 / -- Contact: Lena Parsons, for CISCRP
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International Organizations, Nonprofit Advocates and Local Partners Providing Education and Information on Clinical Research and Role in Health Care

Following decades of distrust and misinformation about clinical research and its role in the development of treatments and healthcare, a unique consortium of health educators are coming together on July 16 for a free event to educate the public about clinical research participation.

AWARE for All is a free program that aims to educate and empower the public in making informed decisions about clinical research. Led by the nonprofit CISCRP and supported by local research teams, advocacy groups, and a consortium of biopharmaceutical and service provider companies, the free event about clinical research will be held online Thursday, July 16. The event is open to the public and will take place from 4 - 6 p.m. CST.

This event includes virtual health assessments, informational presentations that feature community organizations and research centers, local physician and patient speakers, a ceremony to honor clinical research volunteers, and prizes. The goal of the unique event is to educate and empower people to make informed decisions about participating in clinical research opportunities.

"There continues to be a sentiment of distrust in some communities about medical research," says Rabih Dahdouh, a clinical research associate at the Center for Health Equity Transformation at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, who will join the virtual panel of speakers on July 16. "It is important we expand the conversation about clinical research to include all people."

Most people who take part in clinical trials are white or Caucasian. Non-white minorities make up less than 10 percent of all clinical trial participants. This is a problem because some minority groups get certain diseases more often. For example, African American men are twice as likely as white men to die from prostate cancer. However, African American men only make up 4 percent of men in prostate cancer clinical trials. Because of this, treatments for prostate cancer may not work as well for African American men.

Other panel speakers are Steve Satek, President & CEO of Great Lakes Clinical Trials; Paulette McDaniels, study volunteer, Northwestern; Jim Butler, study volunteer, Great Lakes Clinical Trials; and, Racquel Bruton, senior manager, clinical operations, of Biogen, a biotech firm specializing in neurological diseases and volunteers from oncology and lupus studies.

"Clinical trials are pressing forward in the age of COVID-19," says Satek, a long experienced medical researcher and founder of Great Lakes Clinical Trials, an Andersonville-based firm with a second location in Arlington Heights. "The emergent virus has highlighted the need for new treatments, and it's time clinical trial participants are recognized as the medical heroes they are."

The July 16 virtual event is an opportunity for anyone curious about or considering participating in a clinical research study to learn more. The event includes an online virtual health fair that opened on July 10,, and view educational resources from local health and research organizations including Drugviu, Equal Hope, Georgia Doty Comprehensive Health, Renewed Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center, LLC, Sisters Working It Out, Susan G. Komen, and University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Within the virtual health fair, visitors can navigate from room to room and visit vendor booths within each room. The virtual health fair simulates a live event further with background chatter, individualized avatars, unique booth appearances, and the Loop Theater to watch a selection of clinical research educational videos. It was custom developed for CISCRP for the Chicago event. The Chicago AWARE event is the first one CISCRP has done virtually.

Anyone can register for the free online event on Eventbrite and learn more at or by calling 877-633-4376 toll-free.

The AWARE event planning committee and local supporters include the AWARE Industry Consortium, Peer Plus, Rush Institute for Translational Medicine, Allergy and Asthma Network, Aurora Advocate Health, Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative, Force Medical, Great Lakes Clinical Trials, JDRF, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lupus Society of Illinois, , NUCATS, SOAAR/Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research, Susan G. Komen, and UIC Cancer Center.

Lena Parsons
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