Research advocates receive thorough training on key issues impacting colorectal cancer research. Some topics covered include:
- Prevention: Applying knowledge of the evidence based strategies, to understand the role and impact of preventive colorectal cancer screening options.
- Biomarkers: Discovery and validation of biomarkers for the detection, prediction of response to therapy, prognosis, and progression of colorectal cancer.
- Genetics: Understanding the genetics and epigenetics responsible for susceptibility, disease progression, and treatment outcomes for clinically significant colorectal cancer.
- Therapeutics: Identification of new targets, pathways, and treatment modalities, including immunotherapy and mechanisms of resistance.
- Tumor Biology and Immunology: Understanding prognosis and progression of colorectal cancer.
- Psychosocial: Body of evidence about the needs and support of emotional and behavioral health for patients and caregivers.
- Survivorship: Studies on the impact of treatment, nutrition, metabolism, and exercise on the well-being of colorectal cancer patients and their families.
The Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) Program utilizes a variety of learning opportunities to ensure research advocates are well trained and have continued exposure to the research process. The RATS program encourages advocates to be lifelong learners and stay committed to promoting achievement within the research community from bench science to community participatory research programs.
Learning forums held at academic and community hospitals and cancer centers, industry and pharmaceutical companies and federal government health partners . Sessions are presented by clinicians, researchers and cover the entire cancer continuum.
Webinar series hosted by RATS
Research Advocates participate in webinar series as part of their training; however, these sessions are open to the public! The webinars are led by top researchers committed to training advocates.
Unique curriculum covering various research themes and accompanied by study guides to encourage critical thinking.
This is a peer-to-peer conference call where research advocates discuss advocacy efforts, linkages made and challenges faced. Dedicated time is given to strengthen motivation, give encouragement, and share resources.
Research Advocates receive support in developing CVs or professional resumes that encompass their training and experience within the research advocacy realm, developing short and long term goals, and connecting with a mentor.