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Latino Daily News

Tuesday January 25, 2011

Disparity in Medical Research Participation Amongst Hispanics Persists

Amid concerns over recent research highlighting that clinical trial participation among Hispanics and Latinos is disproportionately low compared to their percentage of the U.S. population, community and industry healthcare leaders will come together on Feb. 12 in Dallas to participate in Todos Juntos por la Salud (All Together for Health), a forum hosted by global patient recruitment and retention company MMG.

The moderator of the forum will be Dr. Elena Rios, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), a participating advocacy group, which represents over 45,000 Hispanic physicians across the U.S.

Although Hispanics and Latinos represent 16 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 3 percent of the approximately 260,000 Americans who volunteer to participate in medical research each year. With the U.S. Hispanic population expected to triple by 2050, steps are needed now to achieve greater Hispanic and Latino representation in medical research.

At the forum, MMG will collaborate with community leaders and industry stakeholders, such as the NHMA, to gain a better understanding of the reasons for the disparity in clinical research participation in the U.S. Hispanic and Latino populations. The goals of the forum are to identify barriers that prevent these populations from participating in clinical research and to develop strategies to increase their access to and representation in medical research.