May 20, 2016

Today we celebrated the incredible difference clinical trials have made to society and to the advancement of medical research. International Clinical Trials Day commemorates James Lind – an 18th century physician who conducted the world’s first clinical trial. Lind divided 12 sailors into groups to test the effect of providing different treatments for scurvy to each group. By doing this, Lind was able to provide evidence of the link between fruit and preventing scurvy.

The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) Clinical Trials Unit conducts a range of studies in oncology, respiratory illnesses, and liver disease. This team of specialist research nurses and scientists aim to provide clinicians and patients with access to new and emerging medications in an effort to advance medical care for all.

In the below video, a few members of the Clinical Trials Unit share their thoughts on the importance of clinical trials and what keeps them motivated in their work.

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