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Becoming a Research Advocate

Some advocates begin their advocacy role as a consumer review on grant review panels. Many organizations require advocate/consumer reviewers and many like the Department of Defense actually look for new advocates to be reviewers.

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There is not one path on how to become a research advocate.


Advocacy can also begin closer to home. Advocates can volunteer at their local cancer center in several different capacities. For example, advocates can

  • Attend research seminars.

  • Go to community events in which top researchers are speaking and contact them about wanting to knowing more about what they are doing.

  • Volunteer to be an advocate on a translational project (like SPOREs).

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Advocates can also volunteer with local advocacy organizations like Fight Colorectal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, Young Survival Coalition, Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered. Each organization has research or science advocacy opportunities.

The main thing to do is to volunteer. When volunteering, be sure to know what the expectations are before beginning. The more advocates contribute and interact with researchers, the more they will call on them to do more. Donít expect a lot of opportunities at the beginning, it is dependent on the need to establish and build relationships with researchers. Once established, there will be more opportunities.




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