The Patient Research Advocacy Group (P-RAG) at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center provides researchers with the perspectives and experiences of patients, survivors and caregivers on issues associated with clinical studies and projects. The goal of this collaborative process is to generate knowledge and insight that will improve the lives of all cancer patients.

Why is the involvement of research advocates important?

Research advocates bring sensitivity and awareness of the patients’ interests into cancer research and help ensure that research efforts remain centered on creating knowledge that will improve the lives of all cancer patients.

Research advocates partner with researchers and clinicians to identify areas for patient, survivor and caregiver inclusion in research and clinical trials.

What do research advocates do?

Research advocates provide the patient voice by:

  • Promoting the inclusion of patient centered materials to aid in recruitment to new or ongoing clinical trials;
  • Contributing to the submission and conduct of research grants requiring patient partners;
  • Providing the patient perspective in the practicality of a clinical trial and its impact on patient care; and
  • Providing the patient perspective in staff and student training.


Patient research advocates help scientists-in-training communicate findings more effectively

Patient Research Advocates Group Members

Robert (Bob) Harrison Catherine Huffman David Mc Nelis Susan Palmer Patty Spears