International Clinical Trials Day
International Clinical Trials Day - 20 May
If you've ever taken aspirin or paracetamol then you
have directly benefitted from a clinical trial
Have you ever thought about what a clinical trial is? Or how,
where, or, why they happen?
Each year the world celebrates International Clinical Trials Day
on the 20 May. On this day in 1747, Scottish naval surgeon, James
Lind, started his famous trial that made the important link between
citrus fruit and the prevention of scurvy.
International Clinical Trials Day provides a focal point to
raise awareness of the importance of research to health care and
highlights the critical partnerships between patients, healthcare
practitioners and researchers.
The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC), based at the University
of Sydney, is the oldest and one of the largest Australian academic
research organisations dedicated to the conduct of investigator
initiated clinical trials. Since 1988, CTC has specialised in
running trials in collaboration with research groups and health
practitioners to translate research evidence into improved
treatments for patients.
CTC's research themes include diabetes, cardiovascular disease,
cancer and neonatal disorders. With over 65,000 patients recruited
into more than 150 trials, nationally and globally, in
collaboration with over 800 clinical investigators, CTC is a
powerful research driver and collaborative partner.
In addition, CTC staff conduct systematic reviews, undertake
health economic analyses, provide biostatistics consultancy,
incorporate biomarker research and clinical trials in translational
research, and operate the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials
Registry (ANZCTR) which currently lists over 10,000
publicly registered clinical trials.
CTC strengthens and builds Australia's clinical trial research
capacity through its extensive education and training program
offerings. Scholarships, research PhDs, postgraduate courses and
other educational opportunities are available to Australian and
This year the CTC will be holding a small morning tea for its
staff, to thank those that are part of this important research.
What will you be doing?
If you would like to learn more about us or help us meet our
goals explore our website further: www.ctc.usyd.edu.au
19 May 2016