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Please note that despite current IT disruptions, these events will still take place as scheduled.

International Clinical Trials Day 2017

Each year, International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near the 20th of May in order to celebrate the day that James Lind started his famous trial on the 20th of May 1747

Lind's experiments in 1747 were run under very different conditions to today. He was serving as a surgeon on HMS Salisbury. His trial consisted of 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 evidence of the link between citrus fruits and 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.

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Research Matters: changing lives in east London and beyond

Our flagship event for International Clinical Trials Day 2017 will be ‘Research Matters: changing lives in east London and beyond’, which will be held on Wednesday 24 May, 5pm-7.30pm. This programme will feature talks from award-winning academics and clinicians, patients and others, to showcase the high quality clinical research taking place within Barts Health hospitals.

Confirmed speakers:

Alwen Williams, Chief Executive, Barts Health NHS Trust (Opening and closing address)

Jahnavi Daru, Clinical Research Fellow, Women’s Health Research Unit, QMUL

Anju Sahdev, CAG Director for Research and Education, Clinical Support Services, Barts Health

Alison Thomson, Lecturer in Public Engagement and Patient Public Involvement, QMUL

Rakesh Uppal, Director of Life Sciences, Whitechapel Development, Barts Health

Professor Karim Brohi, Professor of Trauma Sciences, QMUL, and Consultant Trauma and

Vascular Surgeon, Barts Health

There will be a drinks reception following the presentations (6.30-7.30pm)

This event is open to all and free to attend. To reserve your place click here

Research Matters 2016 presentations

Alwen Williams

Dr Shanti Vijayaraghavan

Jo Morgan

Professor Nick Lemoine 

Dr David Collier and Trials Connect

Dr Johann Grundlingh

Dr Natasa Levicar

Professor Charles Knight

Other International Clinical Trials Day activities

It 's OK To Ask

There will also be a number of additional activities taking place in May in support of International Clinical Trials Day.  Look out for information stalls at our hospitals, where you will have a chance to talk directly to research staff and learn more about ways you can get involved in clinical research. 

Activities at The Royal London

19 May - Women’s Health Research Team: Information stall in the Antenatal Clinic waiting room, 8th floor (10am-4pm)

25 May - Children's Health Research Team: Roving information stand moving between Children's outpatients clinics and wards (9am-4pm)

26 May- Children's Health Research Team: Information stand and 'Compare the effect of coffee versus energy drink on reaction time' mock trial activity, in Whitechapel entrance of Royal London Hospital.

Activities at Newham

18 MayStroke Research Team: Information stall with blood pressure readings in St Andrew’s Wing reception area, ground floor (9am-12.30pm).

23 May - Children's Health Research Team: Roving trolley with activities for children, Rainbow Centre (9-5pm)

Activities at Whipps Cross

19 May- Women’s Health Research Team: Information stall and ‘The Grape Trial’ (10am-4pm)

22 May- Children's Health Research Team: Roving trolley with activities for children, Children's Outpatients (9-5pm)

24 May – Clinical Research Unit – Rheumatology and Clinical Research Unit information display (all day) and tours available of the CRU (11am and 3pm).

Activities at St Bartholomew's

19 May- Cancer Research Team: Information stall

31 May- Building Research Partnerships workshop (10am-4pm), The Great Hall, St Bartholomew's Hospital. This workshop will comprise of members of the public and research staff and explore how the public can get involved and work with professionals in the research process. For more information, including how to register your place, click here

NB: Please note that our email account is not currently accessible due to IT disruptions, so please email:

Activities external to the Trust

24 MayLet's Talk Hearts seminar, Idea Store Whitechapel (3-4.30pm). To register your place contact: 

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