Your chance to experiment with research! 

12/05/2017 00:00 
UCLH is celebrating International Clinical Trials Day on Friday 19 May with information stalls, tours and activities across its hospital sites.

Patients and the public will be able to find out about clinical research, including trials happening at UCLH.

This year’s event will highlight a new campaign from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the government body that coordinates and funds research for the NHS, called I Am Research.

The campaign aims to give patients, the public and health and social care research professionals an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of research and the positive impact it can have on people's lives.

UCLH is opening its doors at the following locations – why not come along?

  • University College Hospital, Ground floor atrium, 235 Euston Road, NW1 2BU (10am-12.30pm) Have a go at research experiments and games, including a “make your own clinical trial” game complete with plastic figures and a UV torch; and testing your taste buds to find out if you are a “super-taster”. Plus, find out how to join UCL BioResource, an initiative that has already gathered 10,000 DNA samples from volunteers and patients to help find out how genes influence disease.
  • Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre, Ground floor, Albany Wing, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, WC1N 3BG (12.30-4pm) Do a tour of this state-of-the-art facility and meet the clinical research staff. Hear keynote speeches on subjects including dementia and motor neurone disease from 2pm in The Old Boardroom.
  • UCLH Clinical Research Facility, 4th floor, 170 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7HA (1.30-3.30pm) Take a tour of this brand new facility, meet the staff, take part in interactive clinical demonstrations and ask any questions about early phase clinical trials at UCLH. Tours will start at 1.30 and 2.30pm and places must be registered in advance. To book a place email or call 020 3447 2929/2930.

International Clinical Trials Day celebrates the day that James Lind, a Scottish naval surgeon, started researching the causes of scurvy on board the HMS Salisbury.

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 the evidence required of the link between citrus fruits and scurvy.

The work also marked the start of clinical trials research as we know it today.

To see what trials are currently recruiting at UCLH visit the Research Gateway.

For guidance on how trials work and more information on how you can connect to researchers running trials, visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway

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