International Clinical Trials Day

The 20 May each year sees trials units celebrate International Clinical Trials Day.

The event marks the day in May 1747 when James Lind, a Royal Navy surgeon, began what many consider to be the first randomised clinical trial ever undertaken.  Although his trial into the causes of scurvy consisted of just 12 men and ran for only 6 days he was nevertheless able to establish the link between citrus fruits and scurvy.  Worldwide the anniversary of Lind’s trial is now used to raise awareness of clinical trials and honour the work of clinical research professionals.  To learn more or get involved please visit