International Clinical Trials Day

International Clinical Trials Day - Sunday 20 May 2018

Every year on the 20 May, International Clinic Trials Day is celebrated in acknowledgement of the first randomised clinical trial conducted in May 1747 by James Lind on board HMS Salisbury.  

More than 270 years later, clinical research professionals and those whose lives have been improved as a result continue to appreciate the importance of clinical trials and the benefits for all those involved with them.

 It is an opportunity to acknowledge the impact that clinical trials have made on improving world health and enhancing the quality of those who suffer from ill health. Diseases have been eradicated. Improved quality of life and hope of a better health for future generations exists today.   

 All of this is a direct result of the day-to-day work of clinical research professionals. It is a testimony to all those involved who are dedicated to medical innovation and improving health for all that milestones have been achieved.

Most importantly, patient participation is crucial to studies. Recruiting and retaining volunteer patients and helping create a better public awareness about the benefits of clinical research and greater patient participation will help give hope to many.

Research carried out today will enhance learning to provide a legacy of better medical outcomes to public health and the wellness of generations to come.  Be proud and celebrate the difference that all those involved in clinical research have contributed in the past, present and in the future, remember we are dedicated to working towards a healthier future for all.

In 1747 on board the HMS Salisbury, James Lind took 12 men with scurvy, divided them into six pairs and experimented with different remedies. The two treated with citrus fruits made an impressive recovery and James Lind was credited with organising the first clinical trial 270 years ago. Clinical trials have developed a great deal since Lind's discovery and are of vital importance in medical research.

James Lind (4 October 1716 – 13 July 1794)