Celebrating International Clinical Trials Day

Well before a medicine is available to Canadians, it goes through an important and rigorous process: clinical trials. In addition to providing researchers with more information about how medicine works in people, clinical trials may also give patients access to potentially beneficial treatment and high-quality care. For these reasons and more, I’m excited to celebrate the process of clinical study during International Clinical Trials Day.

Clinical testing first began with Scottish Naval surgeon James Lind in 1747. Lind conducted the first ever clinical trial in order to seek out an effective treatment for sailors with scurvy. In the centuries since James Lind conducted his first trials, Canada has become a global leader in clinical study. Organizations like Canadian Institutes of Health ResearchHealthCareCAN, and Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre (CCTCC) continue Lind’s tradition to this day by improving the Canadian environment for clinical trial research.

This includes initiatives like the Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map, which showcases the diverse clinical testing happening across the country. Similarly, Network of Networks (N2) and Canadian Association for Independent Clinical Research (CAICR), work to advance Canada’s clinical research skills by bringing together clinical research professionals to share best practices when it comes to conducting clinical trials in Canada.

How can you get involved and support Canada’s continued leadership in clinical trial activity? Follow the "Clinical Trials - The Canadian Advantage" discussion at the CCTCC Clinical Trials' Panel at #BIO2016 on June 7. Discussion will highlight “the key strengths of the Canadian environment, recent operational efficiencies and feedback on improvements.”

You can also engage on Twitter through the #WhyWeDoResearch Tweetfest 2016. This series of online conversations is aimed at connecting patients, researchers and advocates in discussions about the future of clinical trials. Find chats in your area, including #WhyWeDoResearch Canada, hosted on May 20th by @NurseNerdy. Even if you miss the live (or real-time) exchange, you can still join in the conversation by simply adding #WhyWeDoResearch to your tweets.