The Komen Scholars Meet in Person for the First Time!
Guest post from Patty Spears, Cheryl Jernigan, Mary Elliott and Sandy Finestone, breast cancer research advocate members to the Komen Scholars.
The Komen Scholars was established in 2010 to provide the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Scientific Advisory Board with advice and expertise in scientific peer review of research applications. The Komen Scholars are a diverse group of breast cancer experts and leaders in research coming together as one council, for one cause: to put an end to breast cancer! The Scholars met for the first time last week to discuss the current Komen for the Cure grant review process and current research projects.
The meeting started with a welcome lunch where the Scholars connected with each other prior to the discussion. Komen president, Liz Thompson, and the rest of the staff introduced the organization and presented an overview of the grant review process. In a room full of renowned scientists and research advocates, all comments were welcomed and listened to!
Each session encouraged conversation resulting in suggestions for future processes. Comments and concerns were provided, and our collective knowledge resulted in many suggestions that will enhance the Komen grant review process and outcomes.
We also heard presentations from each of the researchers leading several Komen Promise Grants – some of the most innovative and translational research funded by Komen. Based on particular areas of expertise, many of the Scholars offered new ideas or possible enhancements to the research projects already underway.
There is still much work that needs to be done and our ability to fund leading breast cancer research is becoming more crucial to achieving an end to breast cancer.
The scientific leadership of the Komen Scholars is very impressive and we are proud to be valued partners with Komen in this fight. Research advocates and scientists working together as Komen Scholars can ensure the research we fund will change the breast cancer landscape and lead to better prevention, diagnosis, treatments and, ultimately, the cures.
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.