International Clinical Trials Day

Each year, the 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.

Research matters

Research Matters: Get involved, make a difference.

Wednesday 23 May, 5.30-8.30pm, St Bartholomew's Hospital

Our flagship event for International Clinical Trials Day this year event aims to bring together patients, families, carers and staff to showcase some of the very best examples of how Barts Health NHS Trust and QMUL’s School of Medicine and Dentistry works together with patients and the public in the design, development, delivery and dissemination of our research.

This event will comprise of a series of short talks from researchers and lay advisory group members, group discussions and interactive exercises, highlighting the many ways the patients and local residents are making a difference to our research activities. Speakers include members of the Diabetes Research Lay Panel and Trials Connect, whilst members of our recently formed Barts Young People’s Research Advisory Group (BYPRAG) will be setting the scene by performing a short play they have written themselves about their experiences of taking part in clinical trials.

There will follow an informal reception where attendees will have a chance to meet researchers from different medical specialties and find out more about local research and how they might get involved. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about, and sign up to be a Barts Health ‘Patient Research Champion’.

Find out how to register your place

Other activities for International Clinical Trials Day

In addition to our flagship event, researchers will be hosting activities across Barts Health hospitals, in the weeks surrounding International Clinical Trials Day (20 May). Look out for pop up stands where you can talk to our research teams, take away more information and have some fun learning about how clinical trials work!

Newham University Hospital activities

Thursday 17 May (10am-2pm) St Andrew’s wing entrance, Stroke research team pop up stand with blood pressure readings

Whipps Cross University Hospital activities

Wednesday 16 May (9am-4pm) Children’s outpatients, Children's Health research roving trolley/pop up information stand with science experiment activity

St Bartholomew’s Hospital activities

Monday 21 May (10am-2pm) King George V building (ground floor) Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, Barts NIHR BRC pop up stand with power point presentation

Friday 25 May (10am – 3pm) ground floor entrance to King George V building, Barts Cancer Institute and Cancer Research UK pop up stand with table top activities

The Royal London Hospital activities

Friday 18 May (10am-4pm), Antenatal clinic, ground floor - Women's Health research pop up stand with grape trial activity

Tuesday 22 May (2pm-5pm) Children's asthma clinic (clinic 4, 7th floor), Improving asthma control, roving trolley with games and peak flow metre tests.

Wednesday 23 May (9am-4pm) 7th floor - Children’s Health ward, Children's Health research roving trolley/pop up information stand with science experiment activity

Wednesday 23 May (9am-3pm) Stepney Way entrance, Emergency Department research team, pop up information stand with toffee trial.

Wednesday 23 May (Time and location TBC), Renal team, pop up information stand with toffee trial.

NB: There will also be a number of staff only events taking place at this time.