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Demystifying Clinical Trials for Indigenous People

Thursday 14 Dec, 2023

Democratizing Clinical Trials Access

Demystifying Clinical Trials for Indigenous People : A Look at Dr. Alireza’s Webinar

In collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society, Dr. Alireza hosted a comprehensive webinar aimed at empowering Indigenous communities with knowledge about clinical trials for brain tumors, particularly glioblastoma. This informative session covered a wide range of topics, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding clinical trials and their potential impact on brain tumor treatment.

Part 1: Unveiling the World of Clinical Trials

The webinar began with an introduction to clinical trials, explaining their purpose and how they differ from regular research. Dr. Alireza emphasized the importance of ethical considerations in clinical trials, highlighting key historical milestones like the Nuremberg Trials and the Belmont Report. He also delved into the complexities of launching a clinical trial, outlining the regulatory processes and the role of platforms like in ensuring transparency and participant safety.

Part 2: Democratizing Clinical Trials Access

The second part of the webinar focused on glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Dr. Alireza provided a clear explanation of the disease’s symptoms and discussed the landmark Stupp Trial, which established a standard treatment regimen for GBM. This section equipped participants with essential knowledge about the disease and its current treatment landscape.

Part 3 & 4: Facing the Challenges, Embracing the Hope

The final parts of the webinar tackled the challenges associated with brain tumor clinical trials, both for researchers and patients. Dr. Alireza acknowledged the unique barriers faced by Indigenous communities in accessing healthcare and participating in research. He encouraged open communication and collaboration between researchers and Indigenous communities to address these challenges and ensure equitable access to potentially life-saving clinical trials.

A Beacon of Hope for Indigenous communities

Dr. Alireza’s webinar stands as a valuable resource for Indigenous communities seeking to understand and navigate the world of clinical trials for brain tumors. By providing clear explanations, addressing ethical considerations, and acknowledging the challenges, the webinar empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their healthcare and potentially contribute to the advancement of brain tumor treatment.

Watch full presentation:


Additional Resources:

Canadian Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute


  • Always consult with your healthcare provider before making any decisions about your health.
  • Clinical trials may not be suitable for everyone, and it is important to weigh the risks and benefits carefully.

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