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Clinical Trials Day

Join the movement and make a difference on Clinical Trials Day - support medical research and help save lives!
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Get ready to honor the amazing medical professionals and volunteers who make clinical trials possible on Clinical Trials Day on May 20! This day commemorates the first recorded clinical trial in history, conducted by James Lind in 1747. Since then, clinical trials have played a crucial role in advancing medical research and improving healthcare for people all around the world. It's also a day to acknowledge and thank those who have participated in clinical trials, as their bravery and contribution has led to countless breakthroughs and treatments. So let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible impact of clinical trials on our health and well-being.

History of Clinical Trials Day

Clinical Trials Day Dates

Clinical Trials Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1747</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Recorded Clinical Trial</div><div class='timeline-text'>James Lind conducted the first documented clinical trial, investigating treatments for scurvy among sailors..</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1940s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Modern Clinical Trials</div><div class='timeline-text'>The antibiotic streptomycin was tested in a clinical trial, marking the start of modern randomized controlled trials.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1962</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>FDA Requires Clinical Trials</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to mandate regulated scientific trials for drugs seeking approval.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>FDA Modernization Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The FDA Modernization Act was passed, introducing significant changes to the regulation of medical products, enhancing FDA's ability to oversee clinical trials.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Launch of</div><div class='timeline-text'>The online database was launched to provide the public with easy access to information about clinical studies.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Clinical Trials Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Clinical Trials Day was celebrated on May 20th, 2016 to honor those who participate in and conduct clinical trials.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Clinical Trials Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a clinical trial</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The best way to celebrate Clinical Trials Day is to participate in a clinical trial! Not only will you be helping advance medical research, but you may also benefit from new treatments and therapies.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a clinical trial awareness event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many organizations and hospitals host events to raise awareness about the importance of clinical trials. Attend one of these events to learn more about how clinical trials impact medical advancement and how you can get involved.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Thank a clinical trial participant or researcher</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Clinical trials wouldn't be possible without the participation of patients and the dedication of researchers. Take the time to thank someone who has been involved in a clinical trial or is currently conducting one.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your clinical trial experience</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you have participated in a clinical trial, share your story on social media or with friends and family. This will help spread awareness and may encourage others to get involved in clinical trials.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a clinical trial organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Consider making a donation to an organization that supports clinical trials and medical research. Your contribution can help fund important studies and potentially save lives.</p></div></div>

Why Clinical Trials Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It advances medical research and treatments</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Clinical trials allow for the development of new and potentially life-changing treatments for various conditions and diseases. Without these trials, progress in the medical field would be greatly hindered, making Clinical Trials Day an important reminder of the impact of these studies.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It gives patients access to cutting-edge treatments</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Participating in clinical trials can give patients access to treatments that are not yet available on the market. This provides them with potential life-saving options and could greatly improve their quality of life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes education and awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Through events and media coverage, Clinical Trials Day helps educate the public about the importance of clinical trials in advancing medicine. It also brings attention to the need for volunteers to participate in these studies, ultimately helping to save lives in the future.</p></div></div>

5 Amazing Insights into Clinical Trials Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A single clinical trial can involve thousands of participants</h3><p class='facts-content'>Some clinical trials, especially those in Phase III, can enrol several thousand participants from multiple countries in order to ensure the findings are statistically significant and universal.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Placebo usage in clinical trials is reserved for certain situations</h3><p class='facts-content'>Ethically, a placebo can only be used when there's no established treatment available. It's not ethical to knowingly deprive a participant of a treatment that works.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Time invested into each clinical trial is massive</h3><p class='facts-content'>From concept to FDA approval, new treatments or drugs typically invest almost a decade in research and testing before becoming available to the public.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Clinical trials are monitored for safety</h3><p class='facts-content'>Every clinical trial is overseen by an ethics committee, also known as an Institutional Review Board (IRB), that ensures participant safety and ethical conduct.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Clinical trials encompass more than just treatments and drugs</h3><p class='facts-content'>While many trials focus on new medications or treatments, others may explore ways to detect or diagnose disease, prevent illness, or improve comfort and quality of life for people with chronic illness.</p></div></div>

Clinical Trials Day FAQs

When is Clinical Trials Day?

Clinical Trials Day is celebrated on May 20th every year. In 2024, Clinical Trials Day will be observed on a Monday.

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