Canadian Cancer Trials Group Bulletins


Today Is International Clinical Trials Day!

International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD), launched in 2005, is held on or around May 20 each year to commemorate the day that James Lind started his famous clinical trial on scurvy in 1747 and laid the foundation for modern clinical research.

Lind's experiment was run under very different conditions to today. A Scottish surgeon serving in the British navy, he was trying to find treatments for scurvy, a common illness among sailors and soldiers. His trial included just 12 men with scurvy, grouped into pairs and given a variety of dietary supplements from cider to oranges and lemons. After six days, there was a noticeable improvement in the group eating the fruit, providing evidence of the link between citrus fruits and scurvy.

Since then, clinical trials have developed a great deal to the benefit of all. The cancer clinical research community has championed clinical trials to evaluate treatments to improve outcomes with early acceptance of the principles of the randomization of patients and the statistical analysis of data to support trials of new modalities and combination of therapies with independent activity to improve outcomes for patients with cancer, those at risk of developing cancer or suffering relapse. ICTD is an opportunity for organizations, clinical research professionals, and the public to acknowledge the achievements that result from clinical research and to discuss various trial topics.

The CCTG Operations and Statistics Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our participating member centres, staff and patients for your contributions to and participation in CCTG trials. Together, we can make a difference for patients with cancer in Canada and around the world.