International Clinical Trials Day 2019
20 May 2019
Today is International Clinical Trials Day – a day to recognise and thank the amazing people who conduct, organise, and coordinate clinical trials.
We want to take today to say a special thank you to our wonderful Clinical Trials team, and extend our appreciation to the many thousands of dedicated people that undertake clinical trials to advance medicine and treatments for patients. Today is also an opportunity to recognise patients and their contribution to finding a cure by choosing to participate in our trials.
Our 20-person team based at the Poche Centre is currently coordinating 18 actively recruiting trials, while maintaining follow-up for a further 23. The trials coordinated by the team range from surgical and dermatological trials, through the spectrum of available medical and radiation oncology trials, including immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiation therapy. In 2018, 244 new patients were enrolled in clinical trials at MIA, while 665 were in the follow-up stages.
“We are very fortunate here at MIA to have an extremely hardworking and inspiring Clinical Trials team who are one hundred percent dedicated to our patients,” says Co-Medical Director Professor Richard Scolyer.
Co-Medical Director Professor Georgina Long adds, “Clinical trials lead to advances in treatment that create better outcomes for our patients – continually pushing the boundaries and conducting these trials is what is going to help us achieve our goal of zero deaths of melanoma.”
International Clinical Trials Day commemorates the day Scottish doctor James Lind began the first ever clinical trial in 1747, using different groups of sailors to identify the link between fruit and the prevention of scurvy. Lind changed modern medicine with his study, so every year International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to appreciate and highlight the work of those in Clinical Trials.
Clinical Trials Manager Maria Gonzalez echoed the sentiments of the whole team, “We all come to work each day for the same reason: to help patients and find a cure.”
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