International Lung Cancer Research Association Selects Melbourne, Australia Resident for Prestigious Lung Cancer Patient Research Advocate Program

International Lung Cancer Research Association Selects Melbourne, Australia Resident for Prestigious Lung Cancer Patient Research Advocate Program

Press Release
Feb 01, 2021

Chris Martin [email protected] | 630-670-2745

DENVER- The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) has selected Melbourne, Australia-resident Tom Wood as a participant for the Supportive Training for Advocates on Research and Science (STARS) Program as a Patient Research Advocate (PRA). 

The STARS program aims to help patient advocates evolve into patient research advocates—a distinction explained by a PRA’s ability to bring the patient voice to research-related efforts. PRAs work with clinicians and scientists to provide the patient perspective for lung cancer research and policy. 

In 2016, Tom’s mom, Kym, was unexpectedly diagnosed with lung cancer. Through his mother’s diagnosis, he became aware of the massive inequities that exist for people with lung cancer in Australia regarding services, support, and research. His advocacy led him to help connect patients and advocates through contributions to Facebook support groups and involvement in advisory groups, community initiatives, and research projects, as well as through attendance of medical and scientific events — all while advocating for more innovative and patient-friendly research and care. 

Wood is now the deputy chair of the Lung Foundation Australia’s Lung Cancer Advisory Committee and was on the organizing committee of the 2020 Australian Lung Cancer Conference, during which time he helped organize significant consumer involvement and a community forum. 

STARS Mentors and PRAs will receive complimentary registration to attend the IASLC 2020 World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC), to be held virtually January 28-31 2021. The WCLC is the largest international conference specific to lung cancer. To prepare for WCLC, Mentors and PRAs will participate in communication learning labs through Research Advocacy Network, education sessions and meetings with key opinion leaders in the lung cancer community.

About the IASLC:

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is the only global organization dedicated solely to the study of lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. Founded in 1974, the association's membership includes nearly 7,500 lung cancer specialists across all disciplines in over 100 countries, forming a global network working together to conquer lung and thoracic cancers worldwide. The association also publishes the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the primary educational and informational publication for topics relevant to the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of all thoracic malignancies. Visit www.iaslc.org for more information. 

About the WCLC:

The WCLC is the world’s largest meeting dedicated to lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies, attracting more than 7,000 researchers, physicians and specialists from more than 100 countries. The goal is to increase awareness, collaboration and understanding of lung cancer, and to help participants implement the latest developments across the globe. The conference will cover a wide range of disciplines and unveil several research studies and clinical trial results. For more information, visit wclc2020.iaslc.org.

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