CISCRP Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Event Will Bring Together Research Professionals and the Public to Honor Clinical Trial Volunteers

PHILADELPHIA, PA., May 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), an independent non-profit organization, is excited to announce its upcoming Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Fun Run & Walk in Philadelphia, PA to honor the volunteers who give the gift of participation in clinical research and to raise awareness about the importance of clinical research in advancing public health.

The event will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 6:30-8:15am, in conjunction with the DIA 2016 meeting. The start/finish location is at 1 Boathouse Row. Participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited. To register, visit On behalf of every 5K registrant, the Greater Gift Initiative will also donate one vaccine to a child in need.

"Through their participation in clinical trials each year, millions of people are Medical Heroes, helping to advance public health and knowledge about disease and new treatments," said CISCRP's Founder and Board Chair Ken Getz. "With this special event, we continue to recognize their gift of participation, raise public awareness, and express our gratitude and admiration."

Event sponsors and supporters see the 5K as a unique opportunity to celebrate clinical study volunteers for their participation. "We're proud to partner with CISCRP on many of its public and patient serving initiatives including the Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K, which gives us the opportunity to put our best foot forward in recognizing and expressing gratitude for clinical trial volunteers," said Paulo Moreira, VP - GCO, Head of External Innovation at EMD Serono, which has served as a Champion supporter for each Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K since the initiative's 2014 inception.

Early check-in will be hosted throughout the day at the DIA 2016 registration area in the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Sunday, June 26. Check-in on the day of the event begins at 6am, and the 5K will begin at 6:30am. For more information about the event, to volunteer, register or become a sponsor, visit or call toll free 1-877-MED-HERO (1-877-633-4376). Questions about sponsorship opportunities can go directly to


CISCRP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. CISCRP provides free education and outreach to the general public and patient communities. Visit for more information or to support CISCRP.

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Source: CISCRP