20 May was International Clinical Trials Day
International Clinical Trials Day commemorates the day James Lind started his study to determine the cause of scurvy. By dividing 12 sailors into separate groups and testing the effect of providing different treatments to each group, Lind was able to provide evidence of the link between fruit and preventing scurvy. This is the first recorded controlled clinical trial and changed modern medicine. Around the world International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare.
The following activities occurred to celebrate 2016 International Clinical Trials Day.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DoIIS) launched enhancements to the AustralianClinicalTrials.gov.au website including the ability to subscribe, save searches and receive alerts when new trials are registered. NHMRC and DoIIS also launched video clips from clinical trials participants and researchers talking about their experience of clinical trials on AustralianClinicalTrials.gov.au.
- Media Release from NHMRC International Clinical Trials Day – clinical trials participants share their stories
The Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) together with Medicines Australia, AusBiotech and Research Australia held a Clinical Trials Breakfast and presented the inaugural ACTA Trial of the Year award. Further information
Access CR launched the #WhyClinicalTrialsMatter social media campaign in Australia.
The Andrew Love Cancer Centre at Barwon Health held a randomised controlled trial to see if you have to sacrifice taste for calories morning tea! Further information
Cancer Council Victoria highlighted the importance of clinical trials and acknowledged the contribution of the countless medical staff and patients who further advances in cancer treatment and care by promoting International Clinical Trials Day on social media.
The Centre for Eye Research held a poster and hand-out session at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Further information
Chris OBrien Lifehouse celebrated by using social media and digital screens throughout Lifehouse to let patients know the strength of their clinical trials activity.
Food for Life celebrated International Clinical Trials Day by offering tours of their clinical trial and laboratory facilities at La Trobe University, Bundoora. Further information
Peninsula Health had an information stand in the main foyer of the Frankston Hospital.
The Ingham Institute in the South Western Sydney Local Health District had an information stand located at the main entrance of Liverpool hospital. Further information
The Kolling Research Office in the Northern Sydney Local Health District had an information booth in the main foyer of Royal North Shore Hospital during the morning and held a seminar outlining clinical trial activity in the North Shore Local Health District along with an example investigator-initiated clinical trial presented by the Intensive Care Unit. Further information
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, in conjunction with Austin Health, hosted Dr Hugo Stephenson, Executive Chairman of DrugDev Innovation lab discussing ‘Technology and its Future in Research’. Further information (PDF, 44KB)
Novartis released a media release highlighting the essential contribution of researchers and patient volunteers in finding safe and effective treatments for disease through clinical trials. Further information (PDF, 160KB)
Q-Pharma held a sausage sizzle.
The Cancer Care Services Department at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital held a sausage sizzle at the entrance to the Joyce Tweddell Building. Further Information (PDF, 349KB)
Melbourne Health celebrated International Clinical Trials Day on social media and had an information stand in the main foyer of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Library.
Sydney Local Health District celebrated International Clinical Trials Day by holding a Clinical Trials Showcase in the RPA Hospital main entrance foyer. Further information and Registration
TRI attempted to demystify clinical trials and provide information as to what to expect when participating in a trial. Further Information
Wesley Medical Research (WMR) celebrated International Clinical Trials Day by providing free coffee and cake and raising awareness of the presence and work of WMR within the Wesley Hospital.
Did you hold an event, look at new ways to increase participation, set up an information stand or have a morning tea? Let us know what you are did to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day by emailing email@example.com and we will publish the details on the Australian Clinical Trials website.
@AustCT Tweeted on the day using the #clinicaltrialsday.
If you are holding an event in the future, NHMRC can provide copies of the Consumer Health Forum – Consumer Guide to Clinical Trials fact sheet and AustralianClinicalTrials.gov.au branded pens for distribution. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details, and NHMRC will arrange for these resources to be sent to you.