Celebrating International Clinical Trials Day 2020

May 20 2020

Wednesday May 20 is Clinical Trials Day, a day when we celebrate our researchers and the volunteers who participate in our clinical trials. This day has been chosen to commemorate James Lind’s scurvy clinical trial which commenced on May 20, 1747 and laid the foundation for all modern clinical research which followed.

A clinical trial is the key step in bringing better treatments and cures to the community. At HMRI, we consistently have multiple clinical trials taking place at any time. As a multi-disciplinary medical research Institute, our researchers undertake a broad range of research – from exploratory science in the labs, qualitative research in public health – and clinical trials to translate science into health solutions into health benefits for our community.

HMRI Institute Director Professor Tom Walley says that Science serves the community, and clinical trials are science delivering better health and wellbeing solutions.

Clinical Trials play an essential role in ensuring that people receive the safest, most effective and best treatment options to improve their health.

HMRI researchers are always looking for people to participate in clinical trials, from people with pre-existing conditions, to healthy controls. Some of our studies have return participants who dedicate their time to helping our researchers in a range of different trials.

The HMRI Clinical Trials Unit was established in late 2019 to deliver focussed and streamlined clinical trials which improve patient experience and healthcare. Working with other professional teams at HMRI in Clinical Research Design and Statistics and Health Research Economics, the HMRI Clinical Trials Unit provide a portfolio of services across the clinical research pathway.

2020 has been a challenging time for researchers during COVID-19 as face-to-face clinical trials have had to be suspended. However, many of our teams are adapting and working out how to keep working as usual in the ‘new normal’. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing information about some of the trials that are taking place at HMRI so you can learn more about the exciting research that’s taking place.

You can find out more about participating in clinical trials here