Improved public perception and participation in clinical and translational research is one of the goals of the VCU’s Project CRESST: Enhancing Clinical Research Education for Science Students and Teachers.
Project CRESST is designed to enhance understanding of the clinical trials process in the local community through a partnership among clinical and translational scientists, faculty in the schools of Education and Pharmacy, the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and middle and high school science teachers, students and parents.
Targeted to urban and rural schools that have been traditionally underserved, the project features inquiry-based curricular tools for teachers to introduce students to the clinical research process, using research on childhood obesity, health and wellness as a model.
The project includes an innovative, weeklong, on-campus professional-development workshop on clinical research practice and concepts for secondary science teachers.
Project activities will be extended to families and the community by engaging parents and caregivers in take-home classroom exercises and inquiry.
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Project CRESST is supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number R25 OD010983-03.