London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) will be celebrating International Clinical Trials Day on Thursday 18 May with a series of interactive promotional stands.
The stands, which will be hosted by staff from the Trust’s research and development team, will be located in the main entrances of Northwick Park, St. Mark’s, Ealing and Central Middlesex hospitals from 9.30am.
As well as answering your questions, staff will be on hand to provide further information about clinical trials. An interactive trial taster session will also be available for people to understand how research works.
Dr Alan Warnes, Assistant Director of Research and Development at LNWH, said: “Research is a fundamental part of the Trust’s work. Without research there would be no new medicines or tests, improved treatments, or better ways of providing healthcare through evidence based knowledge.
“We hope the information stands will engage patients and visitors in our research successes, and highlight the benefits involvement, engagement and participation in research can bring.”
Last year (2016/17) more than 5,000 people took part in 117 clinical trials at LNWH in areas such as stroke, cardiology, cancer, infectious diseases and inflammatory bowel disease.
International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated each year to commemorate the first ever clinical trial carried out by James Lind aboard the HMS Salisbury. This year marks the 270th anniversary of Lind’s first clinical trial.
This trial was used to compare different methods of treating scurvy; a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. The success of this and Lind’s successive trials paved the way for clinical research as we know it today.
To find out more about research at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust and how you can get involved, please visit www.lnwh.nhs.uk/research.