International Clinical Trials Day 2020 takes place in extraordinary circumstances
20 May 2020
The clinical trials community finds itself at the forefront of the global news cycle as the 2020 edition of International Clinical Trials Day gets underway.

An ACRP-led initiative intended to educate and inform the wider public about research carried out in the world of clinical trials, the event's focus this year centres on the work being done to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Barts Health NHS Trust is joining proceedings and encouraging members of the public to get involved. The trust, like many others across the UK, is running a number of Urgent Public Health Studies, and has provided guidance on how those who are interested can aid the effort.   

Officially, the day marks the 270th anniversary of James Lind’s famous study aboard HMS Salisbury, which began on 20 May 1747 and resulted in the use of citrus fruits as a treatment for scurvy, something considered by many to be the first randomised clinical trial.

At the CR UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre, a portfolio of clinical studies continues as teams adapt to working in line with government advice. For more details on the work being done at the CTC, see our trial pages.


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