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Pupils gain research passports for International Clinical Trials Day
Press release date22/05/2019
Sixty pupils from Hazel Community Primary School in Leicester completed science and medicine-related tasks in Research Space at Leicester’s Hospitals to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May.
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The children collected stamps on a research passport as they took part in activities, including chemistry experiments, manual dexterity tests and emergency scenario role-play.

Christina Daines, children’s research manager at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “The aim of this event is to inspire the next generation of scientists, doctors and research nurses. The National Curriculum encourages children to ‘think scientifically’ so all our activities today were based around real life research techniques such as problem-solving, trial and error, using observational skills and recording results. But most of all, it was to engage children in a fun learning activity outside of school.”

John Adler, Chief Executive of Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “It was great to meet the children from Hazel Community Primary School in Research Space having lots of fun learning about research and NHS careers as part of International Clinical Trials Day 2019. I’d like to thank the staff in the children’s research team on such a well-organised event.”

Research Space is a dedicated clinical trials facility based at Leicester Royal Infirmary. It is split into separate clinical areas for adults and children. The children’s facility, which was launched in June 2017, is a bright and welcoming space-themed environment to help children and young people involved in research feel calm and relaxed. The facility was funded by Leicester Hospitals Charity, HSBC and through donations by trusts and members of the public.

International Clinical Trials (ICT) Day is an annual event held on or close to 20 May. The date was chosen in recognition of James Lind, a naval surgeon who conducted the first recorded clinical trial on 20 May 1747. 

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 cured the disease. Later discoveries of vitamin C confirmed this was the chemical in citrus fruit that cured the illness.


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Rachael Dowling
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