Get Involved in Research Advocacy

To champion the POWER of scientist/survivor collaboration, we’re sending an ovarian cancer advocate to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting.  The meeting will be held April 14-19, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. 

We are still making some arrangements but we hope that, while there, the advocate will participate in the Scientist-Survivor Program (SSP), learning about cancer research and interacting with scientists, doctors, health professionals, and other advocates.  You can read more about the SSP here:  

The Powell-Drescher Foundation will cover the cost of the advocate’s attendance at the conference, including travel and accommodations.  (The advocate should be prepared to share a room with another advocate.)

November 20, 2022 – join us via Zoom at 8:00 a.m. Pacific / 11:00 a.m. Eastern to learn about research advocacy.  Ovarian cancer researcher Dr. Kristin Anderson will provide information about how to navigate a research conference, as well as details about the AACR’s Scientist-Survivor Program (SSP).  Ovarian cancer survivor/research advocate Annie Ellis will share her experience with the SSP as well as her insights as an experienced research advocate.  We’ll also provide details about our program and how to apply.  Register for this free program here:

December 31, 2022 – applications are due by midnight in order to be considered for the April 2023 program.  The applications will be reviewed for involvement in the ovarian cancer community, commitment to research advocacy, and the ability to help POWER the mission of The Powell-Drescher Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Engage in pre-conference training
  • Meet with a scientist-mentor before and during the conference
  • Participate fully in the Scientist-Survivor Program (SSP)
  • Share their experience as a representative of the Powell-Drescher Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation from selection through December 31, 2023.

January 2023 – Applicants will be notified of our decision by late January 2023.

The application and instructions, as well as additional information, will be available here soon.

Other ways to advocate in research:

The Department of Defense (DOD) Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) integrates patients, survivors, family members and/or care takers (collectively called “consumers”) into the scientific review process in order to enrich the review with personal perspective, passion, and a sense of urgency that ensures the human dimension is incorporated in the research focus. 

You can read about Sachia’s experience as a Consumer Reviewer with the OCRP here:

You can read more about the OCRP and how to apply to be a consumer reviewer here:

The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) Advocate Leader Program trains advocates to speak up in their communities and represent the cause with their elected officials.  You can read more about this program and how to apply here: