Celebrations for International Clinical Trials Day 2018

Celebrations for International Clinical Trials Day 2018

The 20th May 2018 was International Clinical Trials Day. This date is chosen to celebrate the life changing work of Dr James Lind - who is credited with organising the first clinical trial in 1747 - in an attempt to discover the best treatment for scurvy.

To celebrate International Clinical Trials Day this year, our Clinical Trials Unit (CHaRT) set up a display and information stand at the rotunda entrance of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for the whole week.

Posters and information highlighted the importance of clinical trials.  There was also information for patients and relatives to take away about local clinical trials, alongside information from the Scottish Cancer Research NetworkSHARE and NHS Grampian Research and Development Unit.

Patients were surprised and interested to hear about the wide variety of Clinical Trials currently being conducted in CHaRT.

The poster highlighted that

  • Our clinical trials unit (CHaRT) runs clinical trials in hospitals, dental practices and GP practices all over the UK, and even abroad
  • CHaRT is based in the Health Services Research Unit on the University’s Foresterhill Site
  • Most of the clinical trials we run are funded by the NHS
  • Over the last 10 years over 25000 participants have been involved in CHaRT studies (around 4000 in the last year).
  • There are currently 37 clinical trials being conducted in CHaRT
  • Most importantly - a big thank you to all our participants, clinical teams and colleagues who make our clinical trials possible!

To find out more about our current clinical trials please visit CHaRT current trials

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