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Researchers join NHS staff to celebrate the impact of clinical research on International Clinical Trials Day

Researchers, clinicians and health and social care staff will be celebrating clinical research at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust for this year's International Clinical Trials Day.

The annual awareness day on 20 May marks the work of James Lind who held the first clinical trial in 1747 on board the HMS Salisbury when he experimented with different remedies for helping 12 men with scurvy. The Scottish Physician found that sailors given citrus fruits made an impressive recovery compared to the other treatments.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust will be holding a stand, handing out leaflets and explaining the benefits of research to patient treatments across the NHS on Thursday 17 May at the Maudsley Hospital canteen from 11.30-2.00pm.  

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

Nationally, the NIHR is running the 'I Am Research' campaign, which encourages people to find out about the opportunities available in health and care research. The campaign also pays tribute to NHS staff for the work they do in supporting research. You can find out more about the 'I Am Research' campaign here.

This year the NHS is turning 70, which is a good opportunity to celebrate the important role that research plays within the health service. Research in the NHS has consistently improved treatments for patients over the last 70 years having a positive impact on many people's lives. Since 2006, this has been coordinated by the NIHR and the NIHR wants to continue improving treatments and care for patients over the next 70 years as well through research.

The annual awareness day on 20 May marks the work of James Lind who held the first clinical trial in 1747 on board the HMS Salisbury when he experimented with different remedies for helping 12 men with scurvy. The Scottish Physician found that sailors given citrus fruits made an impressive recovery compared to the other treatments.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust will be holding a stand, handing out leaflets and explaining the benefits of research to patient treatments across the NHS on Thursday 17 May at the Maudsley Hospital canteen from 11.30-2.00pm.  

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

Nationally, the NIHR is running the 'I Am Research' campaign, which encourages people to find out about the opportunities available in health and care research. The campaign also pays tribute to NHS staff for the work they do in supporting research. You can find out more about the 'I Am Research' campaign here.

This year the NHS is turning 70, which is a good opportunity to celebrate the important role that research plays within the health service. Research in the NHS has consistently improved treatments for patients over the last 70 years having a positive impact on many people's lives. Since 2006, this has been coordinated by the NIHR and the NIHR wants to continue improving treatments and care for patients over the next 70 years as well through research.