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Thyroid Cancer Awareness

Written by guest blogger, Sydney Beason September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness month. Over 50,000 people are diagnosed with Thyroid cancer every year, and Thyroid Cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women. The statistics are important, but the 50,000 stories are much more transformative. In 2017, I was one of those 50,000 new cases.…

Value of Immunization

Written by guest blogger, Sydney Beason What would a world without vaccines look like? As a young child, I grew up going to the doctor every year for a checkup and receiving a few shots followed by a sticker because I was brave. At the time, I was so focused on the sticker and the…

The Value of an Internship

Written by guest blogger, Sydney Beason As my summer internship comes to an end at Greater Gift and I transition into my first year of college at Furman University, I can now spend some time reflecting on my time as the Program Coordinator Intern. The reflection is a process that is just beginning, and the…

The Future of Clinical Research Lies Within Our Youth

This past Tuesday, Greater Gift had the opportunity to make an impression on young, curious summer campers about the importance of clinical trials and giving back. Summit School of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, brought a group of middle school summer campers to tour and learn about the Innovation Quarter and broaden their perspective of our community…

Embedding Clinical Research into the Continuum of Care

Editors Note: This article was originally published by ACRP Clinical research is the frontline of medical innovation. Through research projects, scientists and physicians make medical breakthroughs that directly impact the lives of patients and their families. However, what many patients and physicians don’t realize is that when clinical research is integrated into the continuum of…

Effective Communication Leads to Empowered People

Thirty million American adults are below a basic health literacy level1. As a professional I often ask myself when I am speaking about clinical research to friends, family or the community, “How are my communication skills?”. Am I clear and understandable to the point where a person with no prior knowledge can understand clinical research?…

What’s Your Story?

Throughout history, storytelling has been a prominent mechanism of communicating information across cultures. Increasingly, storytelling is used to communicate messages related to health and even more recently to convey the importance of clinical trial participation. Whether the story is from a patient or a professional who is contributing to the advancement of medicine, the expression…

Magnitude of Gratitude: Gratefulness

The common denominator in every aspect of this article series is the patient. Every patient, healthcare consumer and clinical research participant is part of a community, a community of our family members, friends, neighbors and countless others. They are the reasons doctors, scientists and researchers put on their white coats every day, spend countless hours…

Magnitude of Gratitude: The Face of Clinical Research

Much of my early career was spent as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Myself and the rest of the study staff were responsible for ensuring the trials that came to our site were conducted ethically, the data was collected and the patient experience was positive. Through the world of Clinical Research Coordinators, great strides are made…

Magnitude of Gratitude: Providing Service to the Clinical Research Ecosystem

As a child, I enjoyed playing with pinwheels, running through our backyard with my favorite cousin on a warm spring day—stretching out my arm and watching the wheel turn by the wind. Reflecting back to those days as an adult, I now see how much they resemble turbines (windmills). The blades on the turbines use…