20 May is International Clinical Trials Day. What are you doing to celebrate?
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 trial, a research method that has gone on to change modern medicine. Around the world International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare.
Are you holding an event, looking at new ways to increase participation, setting up an information stand or having a morning tea? Let us know what you are doing to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day by emailing AustralianClinicalTrials@nhmrc.gov.au and we will publish the details on the Australian Clinical Trials website.
NHMRC are able to provide glossy copies of the Consumer Health Forum – Consumer Guide to Clinical Trials fact sheet and AustralianClinicalTrials.gov.au pens to any institution wishing clinical trials material. Please email AustralianClinicalTrials@nhmrc.gov.au with your contact details, postal address and number of copies and/ or pens requested and NHMRC will arrange for these to be sent to you in late April/early May.
See below how Australia has celebrated in previous years