The IASLC STARS program develops new patient research advocates (PRAs) to help accelerate lung cancer research. You’ll find program info and PRA and Mentor applications at https://www.iaslc.org/Research-Education/Supportive-Training-for-Advocates-in-Research-and-Science-STARS>https://www.iaslc.org/Research-Education/Supportive-Training-for-Advocates-in-Research-and-Science-STARS.
We encourage you to apply by March 16!
Be sure to read the Guidelines and FAQs before applying. They contain useful information you’ll need to make a strong application.
The program is making contingency plans to ensure STARS will happen in some form despite concerns about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Here’s the official IASLC statement:
PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, AS OF 9-MARCH-2020:
Yes, you CAN still apply if you or your loved one has experienced cancer progression recently. The health and safety of the lung cancer community is our top priority. PRAs and Mentors who have or had lung cancer and who are selected for the program will need to provide a letter from their primary lung cancer physician stating that the applicant is in adequate health to travel to Singapore in August 2020 and fully participate in all required STARS activities.
Lung cancer patient and 2019 STARS Mentor Jill Feldman blogged her experience with the program here: https://lungcancer.net/living/stars-program/
Hear more about the IASLC STARS program in this video: