About the NCI Council of Research Advocates

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The NCI Council of Research Advocates (NCRA), previously known as the Director’s Consumer Liaison Group (DCLG), is the only federal advisory committee comprised of advocate leaders at NCI. NCRA members are chosen for their expert knowledge of issues of importance to the cancer research community.

The NCRA focuses on matters that facilitate research and often identifies and responds to challenges facing the Institute at the request of NCI leadership. In addition, NCRA members bring their unique skills and perspectives by identifying new approaches, promoting innovation, recognizing unforeseen risks or barriers, and identifying unintended consequences that could result from NCI decisions. The NCRA focuses on enhancing community input, optimizing community outreach, and promoting strong collaborations to improve research outcomes.

Information on past NCRA/DCLG meetings, including agendas and summaries, can be found through the NCI Division of Extramural Activities.

Upcoming Meetings

  • October 19, 2015
  • February 24-25, 2016
  • May 3-4, 2016
  • November 3-4, 2016


Max Wallace
Mr. Max Wallace
Chief Executive Officer
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
Washington, DC


David Arons

Mr. David Arons
Senior Director of Public Policy
National Brain Tumor Society
Newton, MA

Greg Aune, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Greg Aune
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Susan Braun

Ms. Susan Braun
Chief Executive Officer
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Cary, NC

Andrea Stern Ferris

Ms. Andrea Stern Ferris
President and Chairman
LUNGevity Foundation
Chicago, IL

Joya Delgado Harris

Ms. Joya Delgado Harris
Director, Research Integration
American Cancer Society
Atlanta, GA

Martha Gaines

Ms. Martha Gaines
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Experiential Learning
University of Wisconsin Law School
Center for Patient Partnerships
Madison, WI

Linda House

Ms. Linda House
Executive Vice President of External Affairs
Cancer Support Community
Indianapolis, IN

Jeffrey Kaufman
Mr. Jeffrey Kaufman
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation
Needham, MA
Jon Retzlaff

Mr. Jon Retzlaff
Managing Director of Science Policy and Government Affairs
American Association for Cancer Research
Washington, DC

Josh Sommer

Mr. Josh Sommer
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Chordoma Foundation
Durham, NC