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.

The STARS 2020 application deadline is August 3, 2020.



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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;
  • 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.

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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

STARS was developed by the IASLC in collaboration with lung cancer research advocates and patient advocacy nonprofits. We proudly recognize the following contributing organizations: