School of Social Work Faculty Contributes to Sarcoma Research Advocacy Council

Robin Allen

Robin Allen, associate professor for the School of Social Work, has been appointed to a council and a board of trustees. Allen has been appointed to the Sarcoma Research Advocacy Council of the Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration as well as the Board of Trustees for the LeiomyoSarcoma Support and Direct Research Foundation. All of which, are due to her expertise on social research and Sarcoma.

The Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and support of research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of Sarcoma – a rare cancer of the bone and connective tissue of the body. The Sarcoma Research Advocacy Council is made up of researchers and investigators who work with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to achieve breakthroughs in Sarcoma that will help improve patient outcomes and, ultimately, find a cure.

Within this role Allen will work as a ‘research advocate’ to help improve outcomes for people with Sarcoma through strengthening relationships between patients and families through the use of research. She will be instrumental in helping to establish a more formalized approach to include and emphasize the importance of patients and families of Sarcoma to improve those outcomes.

The LeiomyoSarcoma Support and Direct Research Foundation works to empower patients with information and support, fund research, and provide a bridge between patients and researchers to collaborate on finding a cure for Sarcoma. As a Board of Trustee member, Allen represents the Foundation at the Sarcoma Coalition, which is a coalition of Sarcoma advocacy groups from around the country working toward a common purpose: to provide resources and support for those dealing with Sarcoma; whether that be patients, families of patients, or allies in the Sarcoma research community.

Allen has taken a special interest in Sarcoma research as she is a survivor of Sarcoma. Allen’s expertise in social sciences both as a social worker and a survivor of Sarcoma enable her to provide the Sarcoma Research Advocacy Council and the LeiomyoSarcoma Support and Direct Research Foundation direction and support in improving patient outcomes and searching for a cure.

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