Today is celebrated the International Day of Clinical Trials
International Clinical Trials Day is held on 20 May each year to commemorate the day that James Lind began his famous trial on scurvy in 1747, and laid the foundation for modern clinical research. The date was launched in 2005 by “European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network” (ECRIN), to enhance communication and coordination of clinical research between countries and better meet the needs of patients globally. It is an opportunity to promote to the general public the importance of the achievements resulting from clinical research.
In Portugal, according to the latest data published by Infarmed, the area of clinical research has grown exponentially, with the number of authorized clinical trials increasing from 87 to 144 in the last 5 years. These figures demonstrate the growing interest in this area and reflect the work of several health professionals across the country. In the last decade, most of the research in Portugal has been carried out in the area of cancer therapies, following the trend that is taking place worldwide.
As one of the main goals of the GECP is to promote research in the field of chest tumors at the national level, we could not fail to mark this date.