In celebration of International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) 2022, we ran a range of public activities and events showcasing some of our clinical research.
ICTD is held on 20 May every year and celebrates the anniversary of the first controlled clinical trial to be recorded in medical science by James Lind in 1747 into the causes of scurvy on board the HMS Salisbury.
Clinical trials have vastly advanced since then, with many cutting edge studies carried out at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in collaboration with researchers from King’s College London. In 2021/2022, 26,000 participants were recruited across the 1,896 studies open at the Trust; this included 154 COVID-19 studies and eight COVID-19 vaccine trials.
Read on to find out how we spent the week leading up to ICTD, connecting with the public about some of these research areas, and how they can become part of research to help improve the future of healthcare for all:
- At a stand in the Guy’s Hospital on Wednesday 18 May, our research teams spoke to over 100 patients and visitors and hospital staff, about their research areas and current active trials:- Dr Amelia Moore from our Osteoporosis Screening & Research Unit spoke about her research into the development of novel treatments for bone conditions such as osteoporosis.
– Neha Moda from the Clinical Research Network spoke to visitors about Join Dementia Research, a service which connects registered volunteers with dementia researchers across the UK.
– Aartuthy Suthahar from Twins UK showcased the adult twin registry, originally set up by Professor Tim Spector, which provides longitudinal data for scientists to study various age-related conditions
– Eva Hilger, Chimtom Nwaosu and Prakash Patel from The Unit for Population-Based Dermatology Research, St John’s Institute of Dermatology spoke about their paediatric dermatology research into eczema and Psoriasis.
- On Thursday 19 May Twins UK Clinical Research Practitioners Lucy Brooks and Maxine Smith delivered a fun and hands-on role-play activity to year 12 students from Ark John Keats Academy. Students were introduced to
- the history of clinical trials, and then over the course of an hour, each took on a different role to deliver a clinical trial from start to finish – including chief investigators, ethics committee, statisticians, patients and research nurses and many more. The students really enjoyed the session, which concluded with a discussion about career paths in clinical research.
- On ICTD itself, we hosted a virtual public seminar on the PROMISE trial, an innovative faecal microbiota transplant trial to treat liver cirrhosis. Professor Debbie Shawcross, Dr Lindsey Edwards, Dr Blair Merrick and Natasha North from the British Liver Trust presented the background of the PROMISE trial, as well as a call for healthy donors as part of the FERARO study at Guy’s and St Thomas’. Patient expert Steven Rodriguez shared his story from a patient perspective of how became involved in the PROMISE trial and the positive impact the experience of being involved in research has had for him. The seminar concluded with a Q&A and can be watched on our YouTube channel here: https://ly/PROMISErecording
Throughout the week we also ran a social media campaign on our Twitter channel @GSTTresearch celebrating just some of our fantastic research advisory group members and staff from across Guy’s and St Thomas’; Directors, clinicians, research nurses, research midwives, research technicians, and administrative staff.
We want to say a huge thank you to all our amazing research teams, our research support staff and our patients and the public. Without their hard work and support, we wouldn’t be able to conduct the research that is contributing to improvements in healthcare for all.
If you or anyone you know is interested in seeing what clinical trials are please visit the NIHR Be Part of Research pages.