Clinical trial participation event
Participants at a recent Journey to BetterHealth | AWARE for All event. Courtesy CISCRP

San Diegans are invited to a free event on Thursday, Oct. 6, to learn about the importance of clinical trials in advancing medicine and the benefits of participating in them.

The Journey to Better Health | AWARE for All event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will offer health screenings, clinical research information, refreshments and a complimentary boxed dinner at the Scottish Rite Event Center, 1985 Camino Del Rio South in Mission Valley.

The event is hosted by The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation, a Boston-based nonprofit advocating for clinical trial education and participation. The organization has scheduled a series of events across the country.

In San Diego, local clinical trial participants and healthcare professionals will take part in a panel discussion, and exhibiting organizations will provide information and resources on clinical trials and research. People attending can expect to:

  • Learn what clinical research is and its role in public health
  • Understand the benefits and safeguards in place to protect study volunteers
  • Receive information about how to find clinical trial research opportunities
  • Meet local healthcare professionals and research participants
  • Get a free memory screening courtesy of Sharp Research Institute and health information from various local organizations

“We’re inviting the community to hear directly from San Diegans who have participated in clinical trials and the doctors who have led them,” said Joan A. Chambers, CISCRP’s senior director of marketing, communication and education.

“From the latest health advances to the medicines lining shelves at pharmacies, we so often take for granted what we have access to,” she added. “This event helps people take control of their health and the opportunities for treatments that may be available to you and others now or in the future.”

Participating organizations include the Alzheimer’s Association, American Liver Foundation, Community Health Improvement Partners, Excel Research, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Liver Foundation, Pacific Research Network, San Diego County Immunization Unit, Sepsis Alliance, Sharp Research Center, The Scleroderma Foundation of California, VA San Diego Medical Center and Velocity Clinical Research.

You can register online for the free event.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.