International Clinical Trials Day

International Clinical Trials Day is held on May 20 each year to commemorate the day that James Lind began the first randomized clinical trial in 1747. James' study is the first controlled clinical trial using citrus fruit on a group of sailors suffering from scurvy.

Every year, Clinical Trials BC honors the clinical trial community and trial participants by recognizing their contributions to public health and discovery of new medicines and treatments. 

International Clinical Trials Day 2022


To commemorate International Clinical Trials Day 2022, Clinical Trials BC hosted a virtual event on May 19th, 2022. This year’s theme was "Then and Now" to reflect on the history of Clinical Trials and look at current initiatives and technology in the changing modernization and renovation context. This theme will also provide a means to introduce the shifting culture from that of reactive response to planning and inclusion of all stakeholders by means of leadership, advocacy, support, and services in the clinical trials community in BC.

The event included 2 parts:

- The 2022 Clinical Trials BC Awards ceremony

- ASK US webinar: Clinical Trials Then & Now

View the event recording:

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International Clinical Trials Day 2021


Photo: Dr. Jonas Salk inoculating a polio clinical trial participant, a ‘polio pioneer,’ with the investigational vaccine. Photo credit: Al Fenn/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

In 2021, Clinical Trials BC spotlighted the development of the polio vaccine that led to the largest Phase III and Phase IV clinical trials ever conducted, set the stage for successful global immunization programs, and influenced our modern-day vaccine successes. Canada played a huge part in the development and conduct of these trials and related research.

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International Clinical Trials Day 2020

For International Clinical Trials Day 2020, our colleagues at BC Academic Health Science Network and partners made a video to recognize #clinicalresearchers in BC, Canada and around the world for the excellent work they do! Do you see any familiar faces?