URI Ryan Institute to mark International Clinical Trials Day with virtual clinical trial experience, educational speakers

Media Contact: Dawn Bergantino, 401-874-4147 |

WHAT: George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island will mark International Clinical Trials Day, May 20, with a “virtual clinical trial experience” and learning event to educate the community on what it means to participate in an Alzheimer’s clinical drug trial and why volunteers are crucial to research progress. The event also includes guest speakers on aging and brain health topics.

WHO: Scheduled speakers include Dr. John Stoukides of the Rhode Island Mood and Memory Institute, who will discuss “Advances in Alzheimer’s Research;” elder care specialist and registered nurse Charlotte Senno to present “Healthy Aging: Why Didn’t Someone Tell Me?;” and clinical trial participants who will share their own perspectives and experiences. In addition, URI student filmmaker Justine Mirek ’19 will offer a screening of her short film “A Man’s Life,” based on her grandfather’s experience with Alzheimer’s.

WHEN: Monday, May 20.
The virtual clinical trial experience will be available from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The speaker schedule includes:
3 to 4 p.m. “A Man’s Life” screening and filmmaker Q&A
4 to 5 p.m. “Talk to the pros” session with clinical trial participants
5 to 6 p.m. “Healthy Aging: Why Didn’t Someone Tell Me?”
6 to 7 p.m. “Advances in Alzheimer’s Research” with Dr. John Stoukides

WHERE: The Social Sciences Research Building, 130 Flagg Road. Parking is available in Lot 16 at the corner of Flagg and Butterfield Roads.

REGISTRATION: Seating is limited. To attend any portion of this event, please RSVP at 401-874-5650.

For more information: https://ryaninstitute.uri.edu/clinical-trials-day/