Celebrating Clinical Trails Day 2023

Clinical Trials Day is celebrated globally on 20 May to recognize the day that James Lind, a ship’s surgeon in the British Royal Navy, started what is considered the first randomized clinical trial. The trial’s purpose was to study the effects of different treatments on scurvy in sailors in 1774.  

To mark Clinical Trials Day taking place over the weekend, we wanted to highlight the clinical research taking place across our partner organisations to raise awareness of their importance and all we have accomplished because of them.  

Key clinical trials that have taken place within our area:  

  • Lindsay Pennington and Jeremy Parr’s “Drooling” trial. A Drooling Reduction Intervention randomised trial (DRI) on children with neurodisability. Read more here
  • The NATTINA trial. A trial that revealed a tonsillectomy is both clinically viable and cost effective for adults. Read more here. 

Key Clinical trials that are currently taking place within our area:  

  • A multinational study into whether psilocybin, found in ‘magic mushrooms’, can help people with treatment-resistant depression. Read more here
  • A study exploring how virtual reality (VR) based psychological therapy could help people with severe mental health difficulties with overcoming anxiety and phobias. Read more here

Last week saw a variety of events taking place across our partner organisations to help raise awareness of Clinical Trials Day 2023:


Across Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear (CNTW) NHS Foundation Trust Vicky and Sara set up a stall at Walkergate Park Hospital on Wednesday 17th May to raise awareness about the research activities and studies that are currently taking place in CNTW. 



Whilst on Thursday 18th May, Vicky and Sarah of CNTW set up a stall at St. Nicholas Hospital to showcase the clinical trials that are currently active at CNTW.  



Our colleagues at Newcastle Hospital NHS Foundation Trust raised awareness about the importance of Clinical Trails Day and advised people on how they can get involved.  


Georgia advised staff and patients about clinical research within the Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital on Wednesday 17th May. 


Whilst Ellie and Samantha supported Clinical Trails Day by manning a stall at the Newcastle Freeman Hospital on Thursday 18th May.  

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