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Clinical Trials Day May 19 2017

Clinical Trials Day

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals each Clinical Trials Day helps raise clinical trial awareness and honors clinical research professionals by recognizing their contributions to public health and medical progress.

CLINICAL TRIALS DAY IS CELEBRATED AROUND THE WORLD EACH MAY TO RECOGNIZE THE DAY THAT JAMES LIND STARTED WHAT IS OFTEN CONSIDERED THE FIRST RANDOMIZED CLINICAL TRIAL ABOARD A SHIP ON MAY 20, 1747.

HERE'S THE STORY

May 1747. The HMS Salisbury of Britain's Royal Navy fleet patrols the English Channel at a time when scurvy is thought to have killed more British seamen than French and Spanish arms.

Aboard this ship, surgeon mate James Lind, a pioneer of naval hygiene, conducts what many refer to as the first clinical trial.

Acting on a hunch that scurvy was caused by putrefaction of the body that could be cured through the introduction of acids, Lind recruited 12 men for his ?fair test.? (Ed: Historians are at odds regarding whether Lind secured Institutional Review Board approval before proceeding with subject recruitment, but largely agree his Informed Consent process did not measure up to modern standards.)