Today is International Clinical Trials Day 2020. The day commemorates the day James Lind started his study to determine the cause of scurvy. By dividing 12 sailors into separate groups and testing the effect of providing different treatments to each group, Lind was able to provide evidence of the link between fruit and preventing scurvy. This is the first recorded controlled clinical trial and changed modern medicine. Around the world International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare.
Today we hear from Christine Zahren Co-Founder and Director of White Coats Foundation about the importance of clinical trials and involving the patient in the protocol design, to ensure success from “lab bench to bedside”. She also references where information on clinical trials can be found, through government sites, healthcare professionals and also ClinTrial Refer where she works as business development manager.