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20 May 2015

International Clinical Trials Day

ICT day

International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world each year on 20 May. It commemorates the first ever clinical trial carried out by James Lind, a surgeon in the British Royal Navy in 1747 comparing different agents (including vinegar, seawater and lime juice) for their effectiveness in treating scurvy. 

Clinical trials have come a long way since then, and are the best way of proving whether a new treatment is effective. Today clinical trials can involve thousands of participants, and are subject to strict regulation to ensure patient safety.

We will be celebrating ICT Day this year with interactive stands throughout the Trust, where staff will be on-hand to explain how research is having an impact on patient care, and offer the opportunity to take part in some of our example "trials" on the day.

Save the date poster  |  More information and a programme of events is  available on our website