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June 4, 2014

Celebrating International Clinical Trials Week at SickKids

By Mackenzie Hill-Strathy

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) celebrated its third annual International Clinical Trials Week (ICTW) May 20-23 and concluded with the presentation of the SickKids Clinical Research Excellence Awards. 

Rita Nobile, Mina Safi and Elisa Wilson were honoured with Clinical Awards of Excellence. Wilson is a clinical research project manager in Child Health Evaluative Sciences, and Nobile and Safi are both clinical research associates in the Labatt Family Heart Centre at SickKids. The award winners were chosen for their innovation, excellence, collaboration and integrity in clinical research.

Kim Chau, Yesmino Elia and Livia Deda were honoured with awards for their outstanding posters. The poster session highlights ongoing clinical research projects and describes some of the clinical trials at SickKids. 

“High-quality clinical research provides information that can have a direct and immediate influence on the clinical care of children,” said Dr. Colin Macarthur, Associate Chief of Clinical Research. “SickKids is fortunate to have many outstanding clinical researchers conducting innovative and relevant studies, along with the support of dedicated and competent research support staff. ICTW is a great way to celebrate and highlight clinical research activities and staff at SickKids.” 

ICTW included a variety of events at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, among them a Lunch and Learn series that covered such topics as accountability in research recruitment and guidelines for reporting adverse events. The discussions provided clinical researchers with valuable takeaways on practices or processes that can be incorporated into their work. 

In 2013-2014, there were 3,025 active research protocols at SickKids. Clinical research, which accounts for one third of all research at SickKids, is patient-oriented, and includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, the development of new technologies as well as epidemiologic and behavioural research, outcomes research and health services research. 

International Clinical Trials Day was first celebrated in Europe on May 20, 2005, to raise awareness of the importance of clinical research. May 20 marks the day of the first recorded clinical trial, when James Lind of Scotland investigated treatments for sailors with scurvy in 1747. The celebration was expanded and renamed International Clinical Trials Week in 2007.