20 May – Celebrating International Clinical Trials Day
At GenesisCare, our extensive clinical trials program is evolving rapidly and includes trials evaluating new treatments, devices & technologies across oncology, cardiology and sleep medicine. Today we wish to thank all our staff and patients involved in our many clinical trials.
Did you know ?
There are over 120 GenesisCare clinical investigators, 49 dedicated research staff and 36 research sites around Australia.
Our research team has the capacity & clinical experience to undertake trials in all phases – from first in human to phase IV, device and novel therapy trials.
Conducted over 150 clinical trials within the last 10 years
Currently undertaking 110 clinical trials
Over 3,500 patients have taken part in the trials
Worked with large pharmaceutical and device companies, small start up pharma and device companies and many CROs
Around the world International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare. It recognises the day that James Lind started what is often considered the first randomised clinical trial aboard a ship on May 20, 1747. Clinical Trials Day is a well-deserved ‘time out’ to recognise the people who conduct clinical trials and to say “thanks” for what they do every day to improve public health.
International Clinical Trials Day around the world marks and celebrates the honor of James Lind study to determine the cause of scurvy. During 1747 James Lind conducted the first controlled clinical trial on a group of sailors suffering from scurvy. He placed them all on the same diet, but the group who had the lemon juice supplement recovered from scurvy in just six days. This was the first recorded controlled clinical trial that changed modern medicine. Around the globe International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated for the work James did in raising awareness and the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare.
(BTW, it took ~ 267 years from when Lind first worked out the cause of scurvy to when the treatment with citrus was universally adopted across the British Military Navy and Merchant Navy!!) Please look at the timeline below which outlines the amazing progress of clinical trials and research around the world:
1863 – Placebos are first used in clinical trials.
1923 – Randomisation is introduced to clinical trials. Randomisation is the process in which trial participants are randomly assigned to one of the treatments in the clinical trial.
1944 – Multicentre clinical trials begin. A trial can now be conducted at multiple sites all using the same protocol to provide wider testing and better statistical data.
1947 – Following the Nuremberg trials after World War II, the Nuremberg Code is developed which outlines 10 basic statements for the protection of human participants in clinical trials.
1964 – The Declaration of Helsinki is developed which outlines ethical codes for physicians and protection of participants in clinical studies all over the world.
1988 – The U.S. FDA is provided more authority and accountability over the approval of new drugs and treatments.
1990 – The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) was assembled to help eliminate differences in drug development requirements for three global pharmaceutical markets: The EU, Japan and U.S. The ICH initiatives promote increased efficiency in the development of new drugs, improving their availability to patients and the public
2016 – Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Addendum E6 provides a unified standard for the mutual acceptability of clinical trials globally. This GCP addendum was developed to address the increased scale, complexity, cost of clinical trials and advances that have been made in electronic data recording and reporting technologies.