Supportive Training for Advocates in Research and Science (STARS)

STARS aims to train, develop and nurture lung cancer patient research advocates (PRAs) in the science and realities of lung cancer research.


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The IASLC Supportive Training for Advocates on Research & Science (STARS) program aims to train and develop lung cancer patient research advocates (PRAs) in the science and realities of lung cancer research. Our goal is to increase the number of PRAs equipped to provide accurate scientific translation in their online or real-life lung cancer patient/caregiver groups and to provide the patient perspective for lung cancer research and policy. STARS was developed by the IASLC in collaboration with lung cancer research advocates and patient advocacy nonprofits.

Apply for the Program

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STARS Will Accomplish This By:

  • Educating PRAs about the scientific process and how to read and interpret research articles and presentations;
  • Training PRAs to communicate the importance of lung cancer science and research;
  • Pairing each PRA with a lung cancer advocate Mentor from their home country to share experiences, provide encouragement, and facilitate learning;
  • Assisting PRAs in attending and navigating a lung cancer conference (IASLC WCLC 2019);
  • Offering continuing education opportunities to PRAs who complete the program; and
  • Building relationships between PRAs and IASLC members involved in research.


Expectations of Successful Applicants

  • Complete all program events/deliverables
  • Interact with assigned mentor (one call per month minimum)
  • Attend all days of the IASLC 2019 World Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona on September 7-10, 2019 (expenses paid by program)
  • Select scientific focus topic and present to STARS program participants
  • Develop plan for using skills learned in the STARS program to communicate with lung cancer community or public about research in Nov. 2019 (Lung Cancer Awareness Month) and after
  • Evaluate STARS program design



Requirements of All Applicants

  • Have a baseline understanding of lung cancer, with a passion to learn more
  • Be at least two years beyond your or your loved one’s initial lung cancer diagnosis
  • Speak fluent English (all program activities and materials will be in English)
  • Demonstrated commitment to lung cancer advocacy through activities like sharing your story or participating in patient/caregiver group that educates others about lung cancer
  • Be a current 2019 member of IASLC (visit the IASLC website to join - it’s free for patients, survivors, and caregivers)
  • Be able to travel to Barcelona, Spain for the IASLC 2019 World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC 2019). You must hold or obtain a valid passport valid through March 2020 and necessary visas for travel to and from Barcelona


If Selected, You Will Receive:

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