To become a Scientific Research Advocate, volunteers complete OHSU Volunteer Services registration; receive training on research funding and grant writing; attend seminars that provide an overview on various topics including cancer biology, clinical trials, and cancer prevention and control; and are paired with an experienced advocate mentor. Advocates also have opportunities to participate in local and national scientific meetings on behalf of OHSU.
Knight Scientific Research Advocates represent a variety of disease areas, and come from a variety of different professional backgrounds. Periodically, we recruit new volunteers to complete training and join our program.
To become a Scientific Research Advocate, individuals must:
- Have personal experience with cancer (as a patient, caregiver, or as an individual at high risk).
- Be at least 24 months post-cancer diagnosis.
- Be able to share the collective patient perspective with Knight Cancer Institute researchers and clinicians.
- Be willing to volunteer at least 5 hours a month to the program for two years, including participating in quarterly group meetings, email discussions, and being available to consult on projects on an ad hoc basis.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proficiency with email and Microsoft Office.
- Demonstrated track record of involvement in community outreach or research advocacy activities.
- Leadership or volunteer experience with relevant patient advocacy organizations.
- Available to attend meetings on-campus at OHSU in Downtown Portland.