Healthy Living: Research teams showcasing work

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Children’s, diabetes and dementia specialists, breast cancer nurses and experts looking at diseases of the brain and nervous system are all showcasing their work in Sheffield today to mark International Clinical Trials Day.

They will all be speaking about their latest projects at the Royal Hallamshire, Northern General and Children’s hospitals.

In the Hallamshire’s D floor canteen, 10 research teams will be on hand between 11am and 2pm, including diabetes medics who will be asking visitors to take part in a ‘sugar content challenge’ to see if people can correctly match up sugar amounts present in different sweet treats.

Displays are also being put up in outpatient areas across the two hospital sites.

Patients will also be able to take a behind-the-scenes look at Sheffield’s Clinical Research Facility between 2.30pm and 6pm at the Northern General and Hallamshire.

Visitors will be able to tour the scanning room, see what happens in the lab, and speak to volunteers about their experiences of taking part in a clinical study.

A series of talks are also taking place at the Northern General’s Medical Education Centre between 11am and 1.30pm.

The research facility at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is also opening its doors to all.

Cancer specialists from Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital are hosting a public event in the radiotherapy department between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Plans will be on show for the hospital’s new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite, due to open in autumn this year.

International Clinical Trials Day is held on May 20 every year, and commemorates the launch of the first modern clinical trial by 18th century ship’s surgeon James Lind.

Lind’s experiments into the causes of scurvy took place in 1747 while he served on HMS Salisbury.

His trial consisted of just 12 men, grouped into pairs and given a variety of diet supplements from cider to oranges and lemons.

The research only lasted six days but there was a noticeable improvement in the group eating the fruit.

The earliest recorded clinical trial is documented in the Old Testament, however Lind is considered the originator of trials because he was the first to introduce control groups.

Call the children’s hospital on 0114 305 3219 or Sheffield Teaching Hospitals on 0114 22 65911 for more details.