UTHSCT to host AWARE National Clinical Research Education Day on Saturday, Nov. 6

Thursday, October 28, 2010

If you take medications to control chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you likely have benefited from clinical research.

But many people don’t realize that the development of new drugs depends on people who volunteer for clinical research trials.

To learn what clinical trials are and why they are so important, come to the “First Annual AWARE for All National Clinical Research Education Day” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Hudnall Auditorium on The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler campus, at the intersection of U.S. 271 and Texas 155.

UTHSCT is sponsoring the free event, which is coordinated nationwide by the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP). CISCRP is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people to make informed decisions about participating in clinical research.

“Clinical trials of new drugs, procedures, and devices are crucial to developing effective treatments for serious illnesses. We need to remember that people who participate in clinical trials are heroes. They give of themselves without any guarantee of personal benefit,” said Laurie Macleod, director of UTHSCT’s Center for Clinical Research.

At the AWARE day, you will hear a national webcast with information about clinical trials, as well as the stories of people who have participated in these trials. Find out:
  • What a clinical trial is and how it works
  • Why we need clinical research
  • What you need to know about informed consent
  • What are the risks of participating in clinical research
  • What kinds of questions to ask before participating in a clinical trial
Each person who attends the AWARE day will also receive a canvas bag with information about clinical research that they can share with their family and friends.

Light refreshments will be served and those at the event will be eligible for door prizes.

Seating is limited and registration is recommended. To register for the Nov. 6 AWARE day, please call (903) 877-7753.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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