Innovative clinical trials research programme showcased to public

Posted by es328 at May 12, 2017 10:15 AM |
University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals will host stands demonstrating research between 15 May and 19 May

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 12 May 2017

The University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals will showcase their innovative clinical research programme to the public between Monday 15 May and Friday 19 May.

In the week leading up to International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May, stands at Leicester General Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital and the Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester will be open to the public.

They will provide an opportunity for members of the public who would like to find out more about the clinical trials taking place.

These stands form part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) ‘I Am Research’ campaign.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of research and the positive impact it has on people’s lives.

Visitors will be able to:

  • Take a tour of a clinical research facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary and find out how research studies are carried out.
  • ‘Meet the researchers’ in the restaurants and reception areas.
  • Try their hand at an interactive game about cancer research trials.
  • Find out how to participate in clinical trials.

Every year, more than half a million people help the NHS improve healthcare and develop life-saving treatments by taking part in health research.

Dr Marie Nugent, Public Engagement Manager in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leicester, said: “Clinical research is completely dependent on the involvement of patients and members of public.

“Without this, we could not achieve the fantastic advances in medicine and healthcare that come from clinical research.”

Dr David Hetmanski, Assistant Director of Research and Innovation at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Over the last year, 957 research studies were conducted within our hospitals. This would simply not be possible without the involvement of patients, their carers, and members of the public.”

International Clinical Trials (ICT) Day is an annual event held on 20 May. The date was chosen in recognition of James Lind, a naval surgeon who conducted the first recorded clinical trial on 20 May 1753.

Members of Lind’s crew were suffering from scurvy, which is a disease that causes swollen, bleeding gums and previously healed wounds to open. Lind created a trial where he divided the sailors into different groups and gave them specific items to eat and drink.

The group that had been given oranges and lemons had practically recovered in just five days, leading to his theory that citrus fruit – vitamin C – cured the disease.

If you are interested in taking part in clinical research and would like to find out more, visit https://www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk/.

More information about the NIHR ‘I Am Research’ campaign is available here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news-and-events/support-our-campaigns/i-am-research/

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