Come and join us on International Clinical Trials Day - TODAY!
Each year, on or around 20th May we celebrate International
Clinical Trials Day, to commemorate the anniversary of the
very first clinical trial by James Lind.
This year we celebrate under the national theme of 'It's OK to
ask', set by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to
encourage more patients to ask about research studies and getting
involved in research.
International Clinical Trials Day is on or around 20th May
each year and commemorates the anniversary of the very first
clinical trial by James Lind. Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) is one of a number of Trusts
celebrating International Clinical Trials Day under the theme of
'It's OK to ask', set by the National Institute for Health Research
(NIHR). By focusing our efforts on one theme nationally, we
hoped to have a greater impact.
On International Clinical Trials Day, visitors and patients at
the hospital will have the opportunity to register their interest
in getting involved with a research user group to support
researchers across all clinical areas. Learn
more about how members of the public can help shape research in
Humphrey the hospital's charity mascot will greet children
visiting the stand. Research staff have developed games,
puzzles, quizzes and patient diaries to provide a fun way for
younger patients to learn about research.
The stand will involve an interactive poster, through which
visitors can learn about research in a hands-on way; and games
including guess the name of the first baby recruited to a clinical
trial, and guess the number of patients recruited to trials from
Saint Mary's overall. Patients will also be invited to pose their
questions about research on post-it notes that will be displayed at
the stand. Their questions will be collated and used to improve our
patient information materials.
The research team will have a novel technology called the Bionic
Eye on display, which through trialling at the hospital has helped
blind people see patterns of light that help them to navigate the
world. The stand will also be demonstrating a CPAP machine, which
is used to help people with sleep apnoea breathe more freely during
in the night and is currently being employed in a clinical trial on
diabetic patients at CMFT. Representatives from the Manchester
Vision Regeneration Lab - a research group at the Eye Hospital
concentrating on innovative technology for improving vision - will
be on hand throughout the day.
The Specialist Medicine stand will feature randomisation
machine, through which visitors can in a mock clinical trial. The
stand will also include information on drug development and an
ongoing haematology study.
The Acute Medicine stand will allow patients
to interact with the display through the use of a blood
pressure machine. The team will also be using a model of the human
body to explain the importance of research.
Are you interested in helping to shape our research and improve
health outcomes for others?
We're currently looking for public and patient volunteers to
take part in a research user group that will support our
researchers across a diverse range of clinical areas.
Find out more
You might also be interested to see our
new window graphics on the National Institute for
Health Research (NIHR) / Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical
Research Facility. The Patient Zone project, which also
comprises materials inside the reception and waiting areas,
aims to increase public awareness that the facility conducts
research and its key clinical focus areas.