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DIA ‘fun run’ to honor clinical trial patient participants

By Jenni Spinner contact

- Last updated on GMT

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The June 20 Medical Heroes Appreciation 5k Run and Walk, scheduled during the DIA Global Annual Meeting in Chicago, salutes contributions of trial volunteers.

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) and the Drug Information Association (DIA) have collaborated to produce the Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run and Walk in Chicago on June 20. The event (taking place during the DIA Global Annual Meeting​, June 19-23) is being held as a tribute to patient-participants and their contributions to the advancement of medical treatments.

The run/walk is scheduled Monday, June 20, at Burnham Park on the Chicago Lake Front Trail, from 6:30 to 7:45 am. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register here before spots run out.

Medical heroes are the millions of people who take part in clinical trials in an effort to help advance public health and the future of medicine​," according to Ken Getz, CISCRP founder and board chair. “The goal of our 5K event is to raise public awareness and appreciation for these individuals, and to celebrate and honor them for giving the gift of participation in clinical research​.”

DIA attendees, supporters, patients, research professionals, and Chicago-area running and walking enthusiasts are invited to take part. Proceeds from the run/walk will be used to support education and outreach programs to people interested in learning more about clinical research, learn about public perceptions, and provide resources to help make study participation more accessible.

Emily Daniele, DIA’s associate director of marketing, said, “We are hopeful that many of our members and other clinical research professionals attending DIA 2022 will participate in the 5K in appreciation of the clinical trial participants who help make new treatments possible​.”

Event sponsors include:

  • Amicus Therapeutics
  • Horizon Therapeutics
  • IQVIA
  • Javara
  • Ora
  • SDC Clinical
  • Synteract
  • Veristat
  • WCG

Check-in for the event begins June 20 at 6 am CST; the event kicks off at 6:30 am CST. Racers receive race bibs, shirts, certificates, and the opportunity to win prizes. Visit the event page to learn more about registration, volunteering, or sponsoring.

The DIA Global Annual Meeting is scheduled June 19-23 in Chicago. Read here for more information or to register for the event.

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