Supportive Training for Advocates in Research and Science (STARS)

STARS trains, develops and nurtures patient research advocates
to champion lung cancer research.

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The IASLC Supportive Training for Advocates on Research & Science (STARS) program aims to increase the number of Patient Research Advocates (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. If you have any questions about the STARS program, please contact


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 during and after Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November
  • Evaluate STARS program design



Requirements of All Applicants

  • Have a baseline understanding of lung cancer and a passion to learn 
  • 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). 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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