Physician James Lind probably never noticed what he set in motion in May 1747 when he was conducting what historians generally consider to be the first clinical study. Today, more than 270 years later, we celebrate Clinical Trials Day 2021 in recognition of its spirit of scientific discovery and its persistence with the professionals and participants in the modern clinical research enterprise.
Since Lind’s efforts to thwart scurvy, a disease that is estimated to have killed more British sailors than enemy weapons, the clinical trial industry has grown significantly in scope and ambition. The clinical trial workforce is made up of dedicated individuals like you who help extend life and alleviate suffering through advancing therapies.
From polio to malaria, from heart disease to mental health treatments, your work is literally life and death to millions of people around the world. The day of the clinical trials is a single day on the calendar. However, we look forward to your efforts every day of the year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the clinical trials industry to the fore and has confirmed the criticality of your efforts in vaccine and treatment development at an amazing rate. They have turned to decentralized approaches and answered the call to carry on as a workforce in the industry.
On behalf of ACRP, I applaud your work. Bravo! Every day you face many challenges to advance critical treatments and critical devices that improve human life.
We have marked Trials Day to sing your praises loudly every May 20th. Please know we value you and your contributions 365 days a year.
Erika Stevens, MA, is the chairman of the board of trustees for ACRP in 2021.