About the NCI Council of Research Advocates

NCRA members with NCI Deputy Director Dr. Douglas Lowy.

Credit: National Cancer Institute

The Office of Advocacy Relations (OAR) manages the NCI Council of Research Advocates (NCRA), the only federal advisory committee comprised solely of advocate leaders at NCI. NCRA  convenes around broad cancer research issues and provides the Director with advice and strategic insights from the community's perspective.

NCRA members are selected for their expert knowledge of cancer research and policy, as well as their ability to represent a broad patient perspective.

Prior NCRA meeting agendas and summaries can be found through the NCI Division of Extramural Activities.


David Arons
Mr. David Arons
Chief Executive Officer
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
Mr. Rick Bangs
SWOG Patient Advocate Committee
Rochester Hills, MI
Portrait of Mary Ann Battles
Ms. Mary Ann Battles
Head, Clinical Quality and Compliance
South San Francisco, CA
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Dr. Senaida Fernandez Poole
Program Officer, Community Initiatives and Public Health Sciences
California Breast Cancer Research Program
Oakland, CA

Ms. Julie Fleshman
President and CEO
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
Manhattan Beach, CA

Portrait of Sue Friedman
Ms. Sue Friedman
Executive Director
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Tampa, FL

Ms. Danielle Leach
Senior Director of Government Relations and Advocacy
St. Baldrick's Foundation | Conquer Childhood Cancers
Huntington, MD
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Ms. Shelley Fuld Nasso
Chief Executive Officer
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Silver Spring, MD
Martha Gaines
Ms. Martha Gaines
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Experiential Learning
University of Wisconsin Law School
Center for Patient Partnerships
Madison, WI
Dr. June McKoy
Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventative Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
Portrait of Roberto Vargas
Mr. Roberto Vargas
Navigator, Community Engagement and Health Policy Program
Clinical & Translational Science Institute, University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

  • Updated: July 19, 2018