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Researchers, clinicians, supporters and PPI contributors gathered at the symposium to celebrate the innovative PRINCIPLE and PANORAMIC clinical trials that evaluated potential treatments for COVID-19 during the pandemic and broke recruitment records for community-based trials in doing so. Both trials were run by the Clinical Trails Unit (CTU) in Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Jonathan Van-Tam giving the keynote address at the PRINCIPLE PANORAMIC celebratory symposium.

The full-day symposium featured interactive workshops, talks from the trial teams and external speakers, plus an exhibition that captures the experience and diversity of those conducting and participating in these massive nationwide studies.  

In a reflexive session, attendees were asked to share the first word that came to mind when they think back to the trials. The most popular words chosen were ‘collaboration’, ‘hectic’, ‘challenging’ and ‘mammoth’, demonstrating the spirit behind the world-leading research.  

The day was rounded off with a keynote address from former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, who advised the PANORAMIC trial.  

Talks included overviews of the publications from each study from researchers across the trials, a summary of the impact of the trials from Professor Ly-Mee Yu, Professor of Clinical Trials and Biostatistics at Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, and reflections on the inclusivity of both trials by Professor Mahendra Patel, CEO of the Centre for Research Equity through Pharmacy, Communities and Healthcare. 

Attendees also visited The PANORAMIC PRINCIPLE art exhibition by CTU artist-in-residence Tanya Poole, who created works interpreting the human experience of conducting and participating in the trials. Professor Geoffrey Batchen, Professor of the History of Art at Trinity College introduced the powerful portraits which honour the diverse array of participants, researchers, and medical professionals whose inclusive efforts set global benchmarks and transformed lives. 

Read more about the Symposium, and the PANORAMIC and PRINCIPLE trials.