For centuries, clinical trials have been a part of the medical landscape, creating an opportunity to discover new medicines and therapies for a range of conditions. Over the years, there have been a myriad of challenges but also triumphs which have brought the industry to where it is today.
Organised by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) since 2014, Clinical Trials Day is celebrated globally in May to recognise the achievements of the clinical research community.
May 20th commemorates the day that is generally considered to be the start of the first controlled clinical trial in modern times. Dr. James Lind, a surgeon in the British Royal Navy came face-to-face with scurvy while working on a ship in 1747 and began to study the effects of different treatment for sailors.
In 2023, Clinical Trials Arena is highlighting the many ways that clinical trials are evolving and how technology is shaping the future. The adoption of decentralised clinical trials (DCTs) is arguably one of the biggest changes in the clinical trials space in recent years and artificial intelligence (AI) is helping with patient recruitment, identification, and participant retention. Digital twins, a new technological frontier in the AI space, is also challenging the conservative nature of clinical trials.
However, the research community still has a long way to go. One of the most discussed aspects of clinical trial conduct has been the importance of ensuring a diverse pool of participants that represents the real-world population. From participation of pregnant women to participants with cognitive disability, we highlight the importance of responsible inclusivity. We also look at sustainability, which is a key focus for the clinical trial industry.
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