International Clinical Trials Day 20th May 2018

International Clinical Trials 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 trial, a research method that has gone on to change modern medicine. Around the world International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare.

There are numerous clinical trials being sponsored by the University by talented MMS researchers. For example the ROCKet Study, that was awarded the largest NHMRC Project Grant, seeks to study whether using the drug ketamine as part of a patient’s anaesthesia, and for post-operative pain relief, can help prevent them developing chronic pain after major surgery.

If you have ideas or concepts please contact MCATS to help guide and support your clinical research.