Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

International Clinical Trials Day 2020

International Clinical Trials Day is held each year on 20th May and commemorates the date when the first controlled clinical trial was conducted in 1747. Since then, research has played a vital role in improving healthcare for everyone. Now more than ever clinical research is crucial, as it will help us understand more about COVID-19, and progress the development of potential treatments and effective vaccines in the future.

Developing drugs and vaccines usually takes a number of years, but now, internationally and nationally, funding bodies, researchers and regulatory authorities are working tirelessly together to accomplish this process much quicker for COVID-19 research.  However, there are still challenges ahead, such as if a suitable vaccine is identified, how quickly can it be mass produced for the global population. Researchers and healthcare professionals from The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working together at the forefront of this urgent research.

To highlight how Sheffield is at the centre of this important work we held a discussion with experts from The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust about research into COVID-19 on Wednesday 24th June 2020. ‚Äč

The discussion was hosted by Sheffield Culture Hub, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, Sheffield City Council and Our Favourite Places, launched to host arts and cultural events online, as well as other activities from around the city to support the cultural and creative sectors during the coronavirus lockdown.

Members of the public submitted their questions about COVID-19 research for our panel of experts who answered as many as they could during the event.

If you missed the event, you can catch up with it here.




Information on national opportunities to be involved in research can be found on the Be Part of Research website here.

Information for patients and the public on how to get in involved in research at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals can be found here.