Episode 01: In Search of a Cure


  • CAESAR: Canada, Australia, Europe, South Africa Aids Study
  • EPIC: European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition
  • COOL AID: Cooling For Acute Ischemic Brain Damage
  • CHRISTMAS: Carvedilol Hibernating Reversible Ischaemia Trial
  • THUNDER: Taxan With Short Time For Contact For Reduction Of Restenosis In Distal Arteries
  • SYNERGY: Superior Yield Of The New Strategy Of Enoxaparin, Revascularization, And Glycoprotein IIb/IIia Inhibitors
  • TORPEDO - Thrombus Obliteration by Rapid Percutaneous Endovenous Intervention (PEVI) in Deep Venous Occlusion
  • BATMAN - Bisphosphonate and Anastrozole TrialBone Maintenance Algorithm Assessment
  • APRICOT: Antithrombotics In The Prevention Of Reocclusion In Coronary Thrombolysis
  • CAPRICORN: Carvedilol Post Infarct Survival Control in Left Ventricular Dysfunction Study
  • MAGIC: Myoblast Autologous Grafting In Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • RAVE: Regional Angiogenesis With Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor In Peripheral Arterial Disease

Also, Greek Gods are a popular choice, with studies named ATHENA, APOLLO, HERMES, ZEUS, and so on. There is an ADAM and EVE, as well as a study titled DEVIL.

Though most of these are proper acronyms in which, as acronyms should - each first letter is chosen, but - you may have noticed -  some did some magic with their abbreviations such as a study called VICTORY, which stands for "electiVe and acute stentIng of Coronary arTeries On ExpRess™ [coronary stent] sYstem”).

and a personal favorite of mine: A study titled: AWESOME: Angina With Extremely Serious Operative Mortality Evaluation.



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Discovery and Development of Penicillin


Fletcher, Charles. "First clinical use of penicillin." British medical journal (Clinical research ed.) 289.6460 (1984): 1721.


Bhatt, Arun. "Evolution of clinical research: a history before and beyond James Lind." Perspectives in clinical research 1.1 (2010): 6. 


Clinical trial names can be quite AMUSING, but they don’t include unicorns


How Do Clinical Trials Work?


Sertkaya, Aylin, et al. "Key cost drivers of pharmaceutical clinical trials in the United States." Clinical Trials 13.2 (2016): 117-126.


Unlucky 13: Top Clinical Trial Failures of 2016


Acronyms of Clinical Trial Names