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I Am Research

International Clinical Trials Day 2017

Every year, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) promotes International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May. This is a special day to celebrate clinical research all over the world, and highlight the important impact research has had on medicine to date.

For the NIHR, International Clinical Trials Day is an opportunity to showcase the diversity of health and social care research, how you can get involved and the benefits it brings to patients and the public.

2017 is a particularly exciting year, because we’re launching a new national campaign: I Am Research.

I Am Research follows in the footsteps of OK to Ask, which has helped to raise the profile of clinical research in the NHS over the last 4 years. During that time, health professionals, patients and the public have told us they would like a more direct, active and inspiring campaign to rally behind. I Am Research is the result.

I Am Research 2017 will focus on:

  • promoting the benefits of clinical research through social media, press and events
  • signposting people to the UK Clinical Trials Gateway website - - which enables people to find clinical studies of interest to them locally and nationally
  • promoting Theatre of Debate 2017 - this event will screen a short film “People Are Messy”, which explores clinical research from the perspective of a participant. There are ten screenings taking place around the country that will provide a focal point for local clinical research activity

Get involved

  • Share how you’re supporting I Am Research 2017 online, by using #iamresearch or by visiting our Facebook page at
  • Tweetchat - our Twitter tweetchat about 'Why research is important to patients.' is happening on 17 May 2017, 8pm - 9pm.

How research makes a difference...

Research makes a real difference to peoples lives and a vital contribution to the NHS. Take a look at a selection of case studies and videos to find out more:

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