Royal Free to showcase ‘groundbreaking’ research in open day tomorrow

Visitors will get the chance to sign up to clinical trials at the hospital

Visitors will get the chance to sign up to clinical trials at the hospital - Credit: Archant

The Royal Free hospital (RFH) is to open its doors to the public and showcase hundreds of its “groundbreaking” clinical trials in an open day tomorrow.

Scientists and clinicians from across the hospital’s trust will be discussing innovative treatment methods based on their own medical research and how it can be used to better treat patients taking part in clinical trials.

Eligible individuals who attend will be allowed the opportunity to sign-up to participate in the clinical trials discussed.

Talks will also be given on studies currently taking place at the hospital.

Dr David Chao, medical oncologist, will talk about the RFH becoming the first hospital in the world to trial a new therapy that could potentially cure patients suffering end-stage skin cancer.

Guests will also be able to hear from Alison Allen, the trust’s lead research nurse, who will share her many years of experience supporting patients through clinical trials.

In the afternoon visitors will be able to speak to research teams about other studies taking place at the RFH, such as a new technique for treating diabetic foot ulcers, phototherapy breast cancer treatments and 3D imaging techniques in vascular surgery.

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Dr Adele Filding, director of research and development at the Royal Free, said: “We have a long-established and outstanding research reputation, with more than 300 research projects taking place across a wide range of diseases at any one time.

“Our world class clinicians and investigators are turning today’s research into tomorrow’s care, but without the invaluable help of people living with some of these conditions none of this is possible.”

The open day will begin with refreshments at 9.30am tomorrow (May 20) at The William Wells Atrium, the Royal Free Hospital. All are welcome to attend.

See here for a full programme of the day’s events.