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May 20, 2021

Aboard the HMS Salisbury of Britain’s Royal Navy on May 20th, 1747, surgeon James Lind performed what is often considered to be the first randomized clinical trial. Now, every May 20th, International Clinical Trials Day gives us a well-deserved occasion to honor and thank both the professionals and patients who make clinical research possible. It also gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of clinical research and show why it’s critical to the improvement of our health and wellness.


To help us celebrate Clinical Trials Day, we spoke with the Director of Patient Recruitment at Accellacare, ICON’s global clinical research network, Nazneen Qureshi. In this conversation, we discuss the role that volunteers and patients play in clinical research, how to recruit eligible people, and how to spread awareness and gratitude for clinical trial participants.