As 2018 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect on a momentous year for the Research and Training Institute (RTI). This year brought with it many changes- including new faces and changing spaces!- but through it all, the RTI has remained committed to producing cutting-edge psychosocial research on topics such as distress, symptom management, and treatment decision-making in order to ultimately benefit the greater cancer care community. Here we take a look back at some of the highlights from RTI’s year.
- The RTI celebrated their 10-year anniversary in 2018!
- We relocated from our old offices in the Sheep Barn to a new location in Old City in downtown Philadelphia
- Expanded our flagship research project, the Cancer Experience Registry® by adding two new specialty registries (ovarian cancer and acute myeloid leukemia)
- Kevin Stein, PhD, joined the RTI as Executive Director
- Julie Olson, PhD, became Director of Research
- Levi James stepped into the role of Operations Manager
- Kelly Clark was hired as a Research Manager
- Seven interns were hired for training in research, outreach, marketing, and development
- 11 manuscripts were accepted from RTI research (a record for the RTI!)
- Two additional manuscripts are currently under review
- Received a 2018 Digital Health Merit Award for our blog entry on “Demystifying Distress Screening”
- 18 abstracts were submitted and accepted at conferences, both domestic and international
- Presentations were given on findings from every Cancer Experience Registry® specialty registry this year
As you can see, our team has been busy this year! We continue to be grateful for our colleagues at the Cancer Support Community for their encouragement and support, and we look forward to an even more productive and exciting 2019.
To contact the RTI or to get involved with research, email research at cancersupportcommunity dot org.
Share Your Experience
At the Cancer Support Community, innovative patient-focused research is at the heart of what we do. We can’t accomplish this without insight from those impacted by cancer, and that is why we ask patients, survivors, and caregivers to share their stories by participating in the Cancer Experience Registry®, a free, confidential survey that is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or provides care to someone with cancer.