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SJU Hosts Event Honoring Community Medical Study Participants

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

One of only three universities nationwide to be selected as a host site, St. John’s University welcomed 225 guests to D’Angelo Center for  Aware for All: Clinical Research Education Day, a program presented by the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP).

Held on Saturday, October 3, in D‘Angelo Center, the event was designed to raise awareness of the importance of research trials, as well as to provide information about the associated risks, benefits, legal rights, and protections. “The objective is to ensure that participants are able to make informed decisions about being involved in medical research,” said Simon G. Moller, Ph.D., vice provost for graduate education and research, and professor of biological sciences.

Highlights included free medical tests such as blood pressure, glucose, and cardiovascular screenings, as well as panels featuring doctors who discussed the symptoms and prognoses for various diseases. “The most moving and interesting part of the day was the panel comprised of volunteers, many of who are patients,” said Moller. “It was inspiring to see how passionate they were about being part of this process.”

Ken Getz, founder and chairman of the board at CISCRP, thanked St. John’s for hosting the program. “To continue to improve healthcare,” he said, “we need to attract more clinical trial participants to do further studies.” Prior to this October, the event had never been held in the New York metropolitan area.

“It is fitting that St. John’s present this event,” he added. “Paying respect to local medical heroes, without whom, new treatments and medications would not be possible, aligns directly with our mission of helping the needy,” said  Moller.