Clinical Trials Day at UCLH 

13/05/2014 00:00 
A series of activities for patients and the public will be held across UCLH and UCL on 20 May to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day.
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Clinical research plays a significant role in helping improve our patients’ healthcare and the services we provide. On the day, a series of drop-in information stalls will enable you to find out more about healthcare research, including clinical trials undertaken within specific disease areas such as stroke or cancer.

Doctors, nurses and researchers will be on hand to answer your questions about research and how you can get involved. Stalls will feature a variety of activities and information for you to take away.

Come along and see at the following locations:

  • University College Hospital atrium, 235 Euston Road,NW1 2BU (1.30-4.30pm)
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre reception, Huntley Street, WC1E 6AG (10am-4pm)
  • Heart Hospital main entrance, 16-18 Westmoreland Street, W1G 8PH (10am-3pm)
  • Clinical Research Facility,Ground floor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing, 235 Euston Road, NW1 2BU (2-4.30pm)
  • Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, Palm Court, 330 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8DA (10am-4pm)

Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre, Ground Floor, Albany Wing, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, WC1N 3BG (10am-3pm). Contact Manoj Maistry at manoj.maistry@uclh.nhs.uk  to arrange a tour of the centre

International Clinical Trials Day is held on 20 May each year to commemorate the day that James Lind began his trials into the causes of scurvy, a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C.
Lind's experiments in 1747 were run under very different conditions to today. He was serving as a surgeon on HMS Salisbury and his trial consisted of just 12 men, grouped into pairs and given a variety of dietary supplements from cider to oranges and lemons.

The trial only lasted six days but, within that time, there was a noticeable improvement in the group eating the fruit, providing Lind with evidence of the link between citrus fruits and scurvy.

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