May 20, 2023
International Clinical Trials Day is a day to recognize the importance of clinical trials in advancing medical research and improving patient outcomes. On this day, we pay tribute to the man who is considered the father of modern clinical trials, James Lind.
In 1747, James Lind conducted one of the first recorded clinical trials. At the time, scurvy was a common and deadly disease among sailors, and it was not known how to prevent or treat it. Lind conducted a controlled trial on board the HMS Salisbury, where he selected 12 sailors with scurvy and divided them into six groups, each receiving a different treatment. The group that received citrus fruit (lemons and oranges) quickly recovered from the disease, while the other groups did not. This study provided evidence that citrus fruits could prevent and cure scurvy, and led to the widespread use of these fruits among sailors, saving countless lives.
This trial was revolutionary in its use of a controlled design, randomization, and blinding, all of which are now standard elements of modern clinical trials. Lind’s work paved the way for the development of clinical research and the establishment of evidence-based medicine.
Today, clinical trials are essential for the development of new treatments, medications, and medical devices. They are designed to test the safety and effectiveness of these products in humans before they can be approved for use. Clinical trials also provide opportunities for patients to access cutting-edge treatments and therapies that may not be available otherwise.
If you are a patient who has participated in a clinical trial, we want to express our gratitude. Your participation in a trial is vital to advancing medical research and improving patient care. Without your willingness to be a part of a trial, we would not have the knowledge and treatments that we have today.
If you are a researcher who has conducted a clinical trial, we also want to thank you. Your dedication to the advancement of medical research is essential to the development of new treatments and cures. Your work helps to improve the quality of life for patients around the world.
International Clinical Trials Day also provides an opportunity to celebrate the important role that our country, The Philippines plays in advancing medical research and improving patient outcomes. It also serves as a reminder of the need to continue to support and promote clinical trials in the country. At PiVOT, the Largest and Fastest Growing Filipino-owned Contract Research Organization, we are committed to advancing the quality of clinical research in the Philippines. We believe that every patient deserves access to safe and effective treatments, and we work tirelessly to ensure that clinical trials are conducted with the highest standards of quality and ethics.
Our team of experienced professionals — from the Investigators, Site Staff, to Clinical Research Associates are all dedicated to ensuring that clinical trials are conducted with the highest standards of quality and ethics. We believe that by working together, we can make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.
In conclusion, James Lind’s contributions to the field of medicine are immeasurable. Today on International Clinical Trials Day, we celebrate his legacy and recognize the importance of clinical trials in advancing medical research and improving patient outcomes.Go Back