Clinical Trials Day

May 20, is Clinical Trials Day. It's fair to say that most people probably haven't heard about this but here at LINCS, it's an opportunity to talk about why medical research matters – and celebrate the volunteers who make it possible.

The day celebrates the anniversary of The first clinical trial by James Lind in 1747 into 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.

New treatments simply can't reach patients without the support of clinical trial volunteers. Nearly 2 million patients volunteer for research every year, and help make better options a reality for patients like them. While that number is impressive, many more volunteers are needed. Unfortunately, around 80% of clinical trials are slowed or delayed because of recruitment problems. Part of the issue is that many patients don't hear about clinical trial opportunities they may qualify for. Doctors typically don't have time or resources to share clinical trial information.

We created LINCS Dedicated Research Centres to make it easier for patients to find clinical trials they may qualify for, in their area. If you support medical research, you can also help spread the word about the importance of clinical trial volunteers – and how to get started finding the right clinical trial.

Share a Facebook post or tweet about why medical research matters to you. If you've participated, share your story with friends and family – it could make someone else feel more comfortable exploring their options. If you're living with a medical condition that needs better treatment options, share how important it is to accelerate that research. And to everyone who has participated or signed up to learn more about your options, thank you. You're the reason millions of patients can live healthier, happier lives around the world.

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