Supportive Training for Advocates in Research and Science (STARS)

Supportive Training for Advocates in Research and Science (STARS)

STARS is a program that trains, develops and nurtures patient research advocates (PRAs) 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 [email protected].


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;
  • Providing mentorship opportunities with well-established patient research advocates;
  • Assisting PRAs in attending and navigating a lung cancer conference (IASLC WCLC 2020);
  • Offering continuing education opportunities to PRAs who complete the program; and
  • Building relationships between PRAs and IASLC members involved in research.


If Selected, You Will Receive:

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2019 STARS Participants

The inaugural STARS cohort consisted of five participants and five mentors. The STARS class hailed from a diverse array of countries, including Nigeria, Canada and Australia

2019 PRAs      2019 MENTORS