WEBINAR | Patient Voice in Cancer Research: Fireside Chat

Building connections between cancer patients and researchers

Wednesday, February 24, 2021. 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  | Zoom

The second event in this series will look at funding cancer research and whether cancer patients can influence who gets the money.

Patient advocate, Ciara McNamara will be chatting with Margaret Grayson and Ramon Whelan about their own experiences in assessing research grant applications as patient reviewers. 

Margaret Grayson is Chair of the Northern Ireland Cancer Research Consumer Forum, and is a personal and public involvement (PPI) representative on the NI Cancer Trials Network (NICTN) Co-ordinating Centre Executive Committee. Margaret was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and has been involved in partnering with researchers, as a patient, since 2010, including membership of several study steering groups and HSC R&D PIER Group. She is Chair of the Patient Advocacy Panel for Cancer Grand Challenges, a global funding platform founded by Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute.

Ramon Whelan is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April 2006 and volunteers with the Irish Cancer Society in their peer support group and has is also involved with grant reviewing for a number of years. He is also a member of the St Luke’s Research Ethics Committee. He is a passionate believer in the importance of the Patient Voice in Cancer Research. He wants information regarding cancer research and how patients can get involved to be widely available and easily accessible. He believes this will be of mutual benefit to researchers and patients and have a significant impact on the future development of treatments for all cancers.



Intended Audience:
Open to all. Will be of particular interest to cancer patients and their families as well as patient advocates and researchers.



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Facilitator, Ciara McNamara has a background in physical and health education with 14 years teaching experience in second level education and a lived cancer experience. She is also an Irish Cancer Society trained peer grant reviewer.

Registered attendees can submit questions in advance by email to patientvoicecancer@ucd.ie or use the Q&A function during the webinar.