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 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.
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.
The following activities have been planned to celebrate 2018 International Clinical Trials Day.
The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, will announce the 2018 ACTA Trial of the Year at the Clinical Trials National Tribute and Awards ceremony on Friday 18 May 2017. This event is being held by Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) together with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Medicines Australia, MTPConnect, Bellberry and supported by Research Australia, MTAA and AusBiotech. Registration and Further information can be found here.
The QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Herston, together with Q-Pharm, are planning a morning tea and a clinical trials bake-off. For further information.
The Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation at the Mackay Hospital and Health Service are celebrating the International Clinical Trials Day with a morning tea personally inviting every department within hospital.
The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc are hosting a special breakfast event with guest speakers in attendance. For more information and to register for this free event.
The Radiation Oncology Clinical Trials & Research Unit at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital will be hosting an information stand for their patients coming to the Comprehensive Cancer Centre on the Day. Further information www.health.wa.gov.au or www.healthywa.wa.gov.au
Monash Clinical Research are launching their Clinical Research Website. Further information.
Goulburn Valley Health are promoting Clinical Trials Day to their local community and staff. More information.
The Telethon Kids Institute are hosting a lunchtime discussion and speaker for International Clinical Trials Day. For further information.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital will be celebrating International Clinical Trials Day across two campuses with an information booth highlighting how PA Hospital is involved in Clinical Trials including the number of trials being conducted and the number of patients involved across the multiple disciplines of Haematology, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology. Cupcakes, pens and an information guide to Clinical Trials will also be available to members of the public. For more information www.metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au
The Medical Oncology Clinical Trials Unit at the Metro North Hospital and Health Service will be hosting a cake stall with all proceeds going to the Cancer Care Services Fund which supports research, new initiatives and the purchase of special items to assist with patient care. For more information.
Clinical Trails Support Unit, SWSLHD Research and Ethics Office, South Western Sydney Local Health District will celebrate Australian Clinical Trial Day by thanking the clinical trials coordinators and research staff for all their hard work and dedication. South West Sydney in collaboration with the Ingham Institute are hosting a breakfast/morning tea on the 14th May.
Royal North Shore Hospital will be celebrating International Trials Day with a presentation, and by displaying a window in the main foyer of the hospital. For more information.
Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group will be making the announcement and educating the University of Melbourne Department of General Practice about Clinical Trials Day and discussing the PC4 clinical trials that they have developed and assisted at the team morning tea on Friday 19th May. For more information
Holdsworth House Medical Practice (Sydney) will be celebrating on Friday 18th May with a stall promoting their research and providing information to their patients across the day – Cupcakes will be provided for all! For more information
Peninsula Health will be celebrating International Clinical Trials Day with a display in the foyer of Frankston Hospital on Monday 21 May 2018.
To celebrate International Clinical Trials Day, the Medical Oncology Clinical Trials & Research Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital will be hosting an information stand for their patients coming to the Comprehensive Cancer Centre on the Day for more information
The Gallipoli Research Foundation will celebrate International Clinical Trials Day by hosting a staff event in the Cyril Gilbert Cancer Centre and distributing a pamphlet to highlight what GMRF Clinical Trials Unit does. For further information
The Office of Research Ethics at the University of Queensland are holding a seminar on Thursday 17 May for researchers wishing to undertake clinical trial research. The Australasian Kidney Trials Network will share important learnings for successfully completing a clinical trial. The event will be held at UQ Centre for Clinical Research
MSD Australia and New Zealand are celebrating International Clinical Trials Day with a morning tea for staff in Sydney and Auckland, where they will share what MSD is doing to promote, support and conduct clinical trials. Through Twitter and LinkedIn, they will shine a light on the importance of clinical research to the Australian health landscape and acknowledge the investigators, Study Coordinators, site staff and pharmacists who help the company conduct more than 100 global clinical trials involving more than 2000 patients across ANZ. For more information please visit www.msd-australia.com.au
Griffith University's Clinical Trial Unit will be celebrating International Clinical Trials Day with a presentation and tour on Thursday the 17th of May, as well as holding a morning tea for staff, clinicians and clinical trial researchers on Monday the 21st of May. For more information email email@example.com or visit https://www.griffith.edu.au/health/clinical-trial-unit
See below how Australia has celebrated in previous years