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Innovative clinical trials research programme showcased to public
Press release date12/05/2017
Leicester’s Hospitals and University of Leicester will host stands demonstrating research between 15 May and 19 May to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day (20 May 2017).
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In the week leading up to International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May, stands at Leicester General Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital and the Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester will be open to the public.

They will provide an opportunity for members of the public who would like to find out more about the clinical trials taking place across our hospitals.

These stands form part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) ‘I Am Research’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of research and the positive impact it has on people’s lives.

Visitors will be able to: 

- Take a tour of a clinical research facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary and find out how research studies are carried out.

- ‘Meet the researchers’ in the restaurants and reception areas.

- Try their hand at an interactive game about cancer research trials.

- Find out how to participate in clinical trials.

Every year, more than half a million people help the NHS improve healthcare and develop life-saving treatments by taking part in health research. 

Dr Marie Nugent, public engagement manager in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leicester, said: “Clinical research is completely dependent on the involvement of patients and members of public.  

“Without this, we could not achieve the fantastic advances in medicine and healthcare that come from clinical research.”

Dr David Hetmanski, assistant director of Research and Innovation at Leicester’s Hospitals, added: “Over the last year, 957 research studies were conducted within our hospitals. This would simply not be possible without the involvement of patients, their carers, and members of the public.”

International Clinical Trials (ICT) Day is an annual event held on 20 May. The date was chosen in recognition of James Lind, a naval surgeon who conducted the first recorded clinical trial on 20 May 1753. 

Members of Lind’s crew were suffering from scurvy, which is a disease that causes swollen, bleeding gums and previously healed wounds to open. Lind created a trial where he divided the sailors into different groups and gave them specific items to eat and drink. 

The group that had been given oranges and lemons had practically recovered in just five days, leading to his theory that citrus fruit – vitamin C – cured the disease.

If you are interested in taking part in clinical research and would like to find out more, visit https://www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk/.

More information about the NIHR ‘I Am Research’ campaign is available here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news-and-events/support-our-campaigns/i-am-research/ 


Timetable of showcase events, daily from 12pm – 2pm

Monday 15 May

LEat Restaurant, Leicester General Hospital

Meet the research team (general surgery)

Tuesday 16 May 

LEat Restaurant, Leicester Royal Infirmary 

Meet the researchers (children’s; women’s; cancer; pharmacology)

Interactive cancer game

Wednesday 17 May

Level 0, Balmoral, Leicester Royal Infirmary

Tour of the Research Space and meet the team

Thursday 18 May 

University of Leicester Centre for Medicine, Lancaster Road

Meet the researchers

Friday 19 May 

Main Reception, Glenfield Hospital 

Meet the researchers (respiratory)

Contact information:
Contact information
For media enquiries, please contact:

Rachael Dowling
Research Communications Manager
Leicester's Hospitals
0116 258 8351

Alex Phillimore
News Centre Executive
University of Leicester
0116 252 5761
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