Celebrating Clinical Trial Participants: Citizen Scientists®
The Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (GAP) created a first-of-its-kind award to celebrate Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial participants. The only way to find treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s is through clinical trials and these volunteers make that research possible.
The Need for More Clinical Trial Participants is Significant
Alzheimer’s trials over the next few years are estimated to need more than 25,000 participants. According to a 2016 Harris Poll undertaken by GAP, 60% of Americans are willing or would consider participation in Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, but far fewer than 10% do so. There is a systemic need to educate Americans about the availability of clinical trials and to encourage participation.
GAP Citizen Scientist Awards® Overview
GAP established GAP-Net (GAP-Net), a growing network of of more than 80 leading private and academic clinical trial sites. All GAP-Net sites can nominate up to three Citizen Scientists® in each of the four award categories for a total of up to 12 nominees per GAP-Net site. Each site will celebrate these nominees at local site and regional events. A final awardee will be selected in each award category. Each nominated individual will be presented with a certificate for being named a Citizen Scientist Award® Nominee. Four selected honorees will be recognized at the annual National Alzheimer’s Summit in Washington, D.C., held in the fall of each year.
GAP Citizen Scientist Awards® Categories
A clinical trial participant who has personally made extraordinary efforts to support local research and participate in a trial.
A clinical trial participant who fights for a cause and is an advocate for trial participation in the community.
A clinical trial participant who acts as a stimulus in bringing about or hastening a result through creative, new, and novel approaches to encourage clinical trial participation.