Now, more than ever: Clinical Trials Day 2020

 

Patient-centric care means patient-centric research. And that’s what the Wright Center and VCU Health do.

International Clinical Trials Day on May 20 celebrates the tireless work of the doctors, nurses and staff that make clinical trials happen. And it’s a chance to encourage patient participation in clinical trials.

On May 20, 1747, Scottish physician James Lind conducted the first clinical study of the treatment of scurvy on 12 sailors. Lind discovered that, of six therapies, oranges and lemons had the greatest positive effect on sailors’ health.

Today at VCU there are 492 active clinical trials with 5,347 participants enrolled, including several testing COVID-19 drugs like canakinumab and sarilumab.

Clinical trials advance research and medicine for all. And now, more than ever, we see the role that clinical trials can play in advancing public health. Trials at VCU like those of remdesivir have already contributed to what we know about COVID-19 and how we can treat it.

What can I do?

Members of the community and patients can:

  • talk to your doctor about clinical trials
  • search the Wright Center’s StudyFinder for current studies
  • sign up for ResearchMatch to get notifications about future studies
  • follow the VCU Clinical Trials Facebook to read about recruiting studies
  • post your support of clinical trials participation and those that make it possible with #CTD2020 and tag Wright Center’s Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Doctors and researchers can:

  • inform your patients about ongoing clinical trials
  • talk to them about resources like StudyFinder and ResearchMatch
  • post your support of clinical trials participation and those that make it possible with #CTD2020 and tag Wright Center’s Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Read More

VCU Health news, “From darkness to light: COVID-19 survivor shares her story as a patient and clinical trials participant,” May 20, 2020

Richmond Magazine, “Play your part,” May 1, 2020

VCU News, “Cancer survivor advocates for clinical trial participation,” March 29, 2019

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