Each year International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or the 20 May. That was the day in 1747 that , a Scottish physician and pioneer of hygiene in the Royal Navy, started the first ever clinical trial.
Lind's experiments were run under very different conditions to modern clinical trials. He was serving as the Surgeon on HMS Salisbury and his involved just 12 men, grouped into pairs and given a variety of dietary supplements from cider to oranges and lemons. The trial only lasted six days but, within that time, there was a noticeable improvement in the group eating the fruit, providing Lind with vital evidence of the link between citrus fruits and overcoming scurvy.
Clinical trials have developed a great deal since Lind's discovery, but today we remember his work and the importance of research in healthcare.
Research Matters: Get involved, make a difference.
Wednesday 23 May, 5.30-8.30pm, St Bartholomew's Hospital
Our flagship event for International Clinical Trials Day this year event aims to bring together patients, families, carers and staff to showcase some of the very best examples of how Barts Health NHS Trust and QMUL’s School of Medicine and Dentistry works together with patients and the public in the design, development, delivery and dissemination of our research.
This event will comprise of a series of short talks from researchers and lay advisory group members, group discussions and interactive exercises, highlighting the many ways the patients and local residents are making a difference to our research activities. Speakers include members of the Diabetes Research Lay Panel and Trials Connect, whilst members of our recently formed Barts Young People’s Research Advisory Group (BYPRAG) will be setting the scene by performing a short play they have written themselves about their experiences of taking part in clinical trials.
There will follow an informal reception where attendees will have a chance to meet researchers from different medical specialties and find out more about local research and how they might get involved. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about, and sign up to be a Barts Health ‘Patient Research Champion’.
To register your place please click here
Other activities for International Clinical Trials Day
In addition to our flagship event, researchers will be hosting activities across Barts Health hospitals in the weeks surrounding International Clinical Trials Day (20 May). Look out for pop up stands where you can talk to our research teams, take away more information and have some fun learning about how clinical trials work!
Newham University Hospital activities
Wednesday 17 May (10am-2pm) St Andrew’s wing entrance, Stroke Research team pop-up stand with blood pressure readings
(Staff only) Monday 21 May (12.30pm-1.30pm) Lecture Theatre, Education Centre (ground floor) - Grand Rounds with a talk on ‘Patient Engagement in Diabetes Services’ from Desiree Campbell-Richards. (No registration required)
Whipps Cross University Hospital activities
Wednesday 16 May (9am-4pm) Children’s outpatients, Children's Health Research roving trolley/pop-up information stand with science experiment activity
St Bartholomew’s Hospital activities
(Staff only) Wednesday 16 May (4pm-7pm), Pathology Museum - Innovations Awards Ceremony (open to all Barts Health and QMUL staff) For more information, and to register to attend, please click here
Monday 21 May (10am-2pm), King George V Building, ground floor - Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, Barts NIHR BRC pop-up stand
Friday 25 May (10am – 3pm) ground floor entrance to King George V building, Barts Cancer Institute and Cancer Research UK pop-up stand with table top activities
The Royal London Hospital activities
Friday 18 May (10am-4pm), Antenatal clinic, ground floor - Women's Health Research pop-up stand with grape trial activity
Wednesday 23 May (9am-4pm) 8th floor - Children’s Health ward, Children's Health Research roving trolley/pop-up information stand with science experiment activity
Wednesday 23 May (9am-3pm) Stepney Way entrance, Emergency Department research team, pop-up information stand with toffee trial
Wednesday 23 May (11am-2om) Stepney Way entrance, Renal team, pop-up information stand