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: International Clinical Trials’ Day Sheds Light on Impact and Importance of Clinical Research

International Clinical Trials’ Day Sheds Light on Impact and Importance of Clinical Research

Every year on May 20,the European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN) hosts a celebration in a designated European city to draw attention to and spread awareness of clinical trials; they invite any and all health care advocates, professionals, and patrons alike to participate. The goal is "to make International Clinical Trials' Day a focal point for international communication events, meetings, debates, and celebrations of clinical research."

Traveling on a ship 267 years ago today, James Lind conducted the first recorded clinical trial, setting out to prove that citrus could cure scurvy. Although the standards and procedures in seeking cures for diseases have evolved, one thing remains unchanged--the necessity for clinical trials to advance medical science.  

Now more than ever, clinical trials not only serve as viable options for many, but also as medical science mile markers. Each new drug, treatment, and medical device that becomes publicly available for patient use is one step forward for public health. Clinical trials are the only method in which new drug and medical device treatments can safely be introduced to the public. To prioritize clinical trial participant safety, clinical trials are conducted under the close eye of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and are thoroughly monitored by organizations such as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). Additionally, groups such as the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) and the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) serve as resources for patients and medical professional looking to become involved in clinical trials.  

As a stakeholder in clinical trials, not just as head of a patient recruitment organization, but also as a father, a husband, and a patron of the health care system, it is my personal goal for clinical trials to continue to evolve for the betterment of future generations' health and well-being. 

Today and all days, I challenge you to learn more about clinical trials--how they have shaped our current medical practice, what they might be able to do for you or your loved ones, and why they are so important. For information about how clinical research works and to get information about studies that may be an option for you or someone you know visit www.mytrialspot.com or www.clinicaltrials.gov.

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