Happy International Clinical Trials Day!

Did you know that Clinical Trials have their own international holiday?

The commemoration goes all the way back to the year 1747 when Scottish physician James Lind created what is now regarded as the first clinical trial, by attempting to prove that the disease scurvy could be cured by eating oranges and lemons. His ‘trial’ consisted of dividing infected sailors into six groups, each of which received a different treatment.

Each year the European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN) commemorates International Clinical Trials Day in a different European city. This year’s events will take place on May 18th right here in Ireland. Historic Dublin Castle will provide the backdrop for a variety of lectures, discussions and seminars centering on the practice of clinical research around the world.

The full programme can be found at: www.ecrin.org/index.php?id=34