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About Research to Reality

Welcome to the Research to Reality Community! is an online community of practice designed to bring together cancer control practitioners and researchers to discuss moving evidence-based programs into practice.  Developed and supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), this community is both an information resource and a forum where members can connect and collaborate with other public health professionals to ask questions, discuss ideas and solutions, share useful resources and tools, and participate in cyber-seminars and other events. was developed in response to Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. users' need to have a better, timelier way to engage their colleagues and share experiences. We invite you to join the dialogue through several interactive features:


Start your own discussion threads, contribute to discussions already in progress, or search all discussions to find a specific topic of interest. You can also subsribe to discussions that are most relevant to you.

Cyber Seminars

Register for upcoming presentations and view the archive of past presentations. Each cyber-seminar includes a presentation summary, learning objectives, speaker bio's, links to published articles, and other helpful resources and tools.

Mentorship Program

Read the stories of the six mentees participating in the pilot NCI R2R Mentorship Program as they share their experiences in implementing an evidence-based intervention in their communities and engage with the pairs through comments and discussion. You can also subscribe to pairs' stories and receive email updates so you can easily follow their progress from month to month.

Featured R2R Partners

Visit this page to learn more about research and program interests of other R2R members, read personal stories of successes and challenges with moving research into practice, and connect and share ideas through ongoing discussion forums. R2R community members will be featured on the site throughout the year, and will change frequently.


Browse an inventory of events related to moving cancer control research into practice. These events include upcoming cyber-seminars, webinars, conferences, meetings, and training opportunities. Community members have the opportunity to submit relevant events for inclusion on the calendar.

Why become a member?

By joining the community, you can:

  • Actively participate in discussions and follow conversations most relevant to your work.
  • Create a user profile and connect with others who share similar interests.
  • Submit relevant meetings, seminars, and conferences to the events calendar.
  • Follow the progress of R2R mentor-mentee pairs, ask questions, and learn from their experience.
  • Sign up for email notifications to stay connected and learn about new activity on the site.

Although membership is highly encouraged, you do not have to sign up to benefit from the expertise and resources available on the site. You can still read discussion threads, register for upcoming cyber-seminars, and check out the featured community partners. Please note, however, that you will need to sign up to contribute to the site through discussions, event submissions, etc.

Interested? Join Now.

Joining is quick and easy! Simply sign up and provide us with your name, degrees and/or credentials, and professional email address. You also have the opportunity to share more about the work that you do by providing a professional biography, organizational affiliation, and a photo. We encourage you to take a few minutes to fill out your profile so other community members can get to know you and your work. The information you provide will only be used by R2R Program Team staff to contact you about matters that relate to site content.


Stay Connected

Registered members can keep up with new content on R2R by signing-up for our RSS feed and email notifications. Subscribing is quick and easy! Simply click on the green “Subscribe” buttons found throughout the site to select specific content you would like to follow.

Use R2R notifications to:

  • Keep up with discussions that are of interest to you.
  • Receive announcements on upcoming cyber-seminars.
  • Follow the stories and progress of participants in the R2R Mentorship Program.
  • Learn when new featured community members/partners are posted, and join them in a discussion.
  • Be the first to know when new events are added to the R2R calendar.

You can unsubscribe at any time, and can set preferences for how frequently you receive information (options are: immediately, daily, and weekly). Just click the “Manage Subscriptions” button on your profile page to review and edit your settings.

Registered members can also keep up with new content by subscribing to RSS feed located in the recent activity box on the homepage.

R2R Program Team

NCI staff manages and contributes to the site by providing information on upcoming cyber-seminars, moderating discussions on relevant and timely topics, and sharing new resources and tools. However, most of the content on the portal is user generated with the ultimate goal of forming a self-sustaining and vibrant community dialogue.

Margaret Farrell

Margaret Farrell, RD, MPH

Community Manager

NCI, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences


Jordan Tomkins

Jordan Tompkins, MAA

Chief Engagement Officer, Research to Reality

NCI, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences


Cynthia Vinson

Cynthia Vinson PhD, MPA

Community Manager: HPV Vaccine Learning Community; CCC-HPV Workgroup Learning Community

NCI, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences



Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, PhD, MSW

Community Manager: QUALRIS Learning Community; My Own Health Record Learning Community

NCI, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences


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