The Focus on Research Scholar program offers new and seasoned advocates the opportunity to improve their skills and understanding of the research system and scientific concepts.Each selected Scholar participates in preparatory conference calls, virtual classroom (webinars), learning materials and mentoring for research advocates to improve skills and understanding of biomedical research. This preparation culminates with attendance at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. Scholars then report back to their patient constituencies.
The Research Advocacy Network’s overall goal is to channel advocates’ passion into effective interactions with the research community. The Advocate Institute is designed to help build advocates’ understanding of the medical research system, scientific concepts and safeguards for research participants; it is geared for volunteers with varying degrees of knowledge. We offer on-site training as well as online learning resources for advocates who are often geographically dispersed.
The program includes exciting discussions about concepts in oncology research and how research results progress to better patient care. The Focus on Research Scholar program is designed to prepare advocates to better understand the research process and have a greater understanding of common concepts in oncology (cancer pathways, genomics, biomarkers, statistics, patient protections). Scholars will develop and implement an action plan to disseminate research results and knowledge gained in the class to a patient community. Through a system of preparatory conference calls, virtual classroom (webinars), and learning materials the Scholars will gain critical appraisal skills to better understand research presentations and publications.