According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the definition for a clinical trial is;
‘any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes’.
International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near the 20th May each year. The objective of Clinical Trials Day is not only to celebrate James Lind’s study, but also to improve public health awareness on the various challenges confronted by scientists and other professionals when conducting clinical trials. It also celebrates the patients and professionals that make clinical research possible.
Clinical trials are beneficial to all parties involved (i.e. patients volunteers, physicians, sponsors, etc.). Without clinical trials, medical science cannot progress. Clinical trials play a vital role in taking research out of the laboratory and into the lives of patients, testing new ways to diagnose, treat, prevent and in some cases even cure medical conditions.
We particularly welcome the news in Ireland this week, where Dr Mairead O’Driscoll, interim HRB chief executive is quoted as saying “between now and 2020, it is planned to spend a further €54 million to maintain and expand Ireland’s capacity to conduct clinical trials”. This will ensure that Irish centres are selected in global studies and Irish patients will have the opportunity to access innovative treatments.
The team at Java Clinical Research are proud to have the privilege of managing trials since 1999 here in Ireland and the UK on behalf of our clients, both in academia and in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. We are particularly grateful to all patients who volunteer to participate in Clinical Research Trials, as without their participation medical advancement would not be possible.
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