International Clinical Trials Day highlights importance of research

19 May 2017

Staff at The Royal Marsden are celebrating International Clinical Trials Day and showcasing the importance of research and clinical trials.

Every year, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) promotes International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May. This is a special day to celebrate clinical research all over the world, and highlight the important impact research has had on medicine to date. For the NIHR, this day is an opportunity to showcase the diversity of health and social care research, how you can get involved and the benefits it brings to patients and the public.

International Clinical Trials Day celebrates the anniversary of the first clinical trial by James Lind in 1747 into the causes of scurvy on board the HMS Salisbury. 

2017 is a particularly exciting year, because the NIHR are launching a new national campaign called ‘I Am Research’. 

The Royal Marsden was founded in 1851 as the first hospital in the world dedicated not only to the treatment of cancer, but the research into the causes. This work continues to this day, with a focus on research into the latest cancer treatments and techniques, ensuring our patients have access to pioneering clinical trials.

See The Royal Marsden website for the history of clinical trials at The Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research and information on patient's experiences.