To mark International Clinical Trials Day on May 20th 2015, we held national writing competition in association with ‘The Irish Times’. It was open to patients, clinicians, researchers, academics and people working in industry with the aim of conveying to a general audience the importance and value of conducting clinical trial research. We were delighted to receive entries from a variety of different perspectives including; academic researchers, patients, clinicians and industry representatives.
The winning entry was written by Mr Frank Moriarty, a pharmacist and PhD scholar who highlighted the importance of universal reporting of all clinical trials and the need for transparency.
Second prize went to Ms Kate Burns whose husband, Paul, passed away from Cancer just 5 months ago and who took part in a clinical trial.
Third prize went to Dr Carol Sinnott, a GP from Cork who shares the advantages of being involved in a clinical trial for one of her patients.
One of the five judges, Dr Teresa Maguire Head of the Population Health & Health Services Research unit of the Health Research Board, commended the variation and combination of insight that resonated from the three prizewinning entries.