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, a growing network of more than 70 leading private and academic clinical trial sites. All GAP-Net sites can nominate up to three Citizen Scientists® in each of three award categories for a total of up to 9 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. Three selected honorees will be recognized at the annual National Alzheimer’s Summit in Washington D.C., held in the fall of each year.

Cornerstone Award

A clinical trial participant who has personally made extraordinary efforts to support local research and participate in a trial.

Champion Award

A clinical trial participant who fights for a cause and is an advocate for trial participation in the community.

Catalyst Award

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.

Clinical Trial Participant Spotlight

Clinical trial participants are on the front line in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. These heroes are making a difference both being part of research and encouraging more people to volunteer for clinical trials.


The Citizen Scientist Awards® are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors:

GAP always welcomes sponsors committed to supporting the Citizen Scientist Award program.

To find out more, please contact Joni Henderson at joni@globalalzplatform.org (571) 355-3371