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 overseas candidates.

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?

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 19 May 2016