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Welcome to Research to Reality, a community of practice sponsored by the National Cancer Institute that is meant to create an open dialogue between researchers who develop cancer prevention and control programs and the practitioners who are adapting, implementing, and evaluating these programs. We are excited that you have chosen to be part of R2R and would like to hear a little more about you! Below are some jumping off points, but feel free to tell us whatever you want us to know!


What are you working on right now?

What would you like to get out of being a member of R2R?

What are your research/program/topical interests?

Do you consider yourself a practitioner, researcher, or both? Why?


Hi everyone, and welcome

Hi everyone, and welcome again!

As a medical anthropologist, I’m interested in health equity, social determinants of health, and really just health and culture in general. I am most passionate about research and programs that are responsive to community/patient needs.

As you can see on my profile, my main project right now is building community engagement on R2R. My background is in qualitative research, and this is my first time actually managing a program like this. Do you have any advice? Any input on what I can do to help R2R serve your needs?

I keep soliciting input, but I can’t help it! Let me know what you like about R2R, what you don’t like, and what you want it to do for you. You can shoot me an email through my profile if you’re not comfortable posting it here. 

I look forward to learning more about y'all!

Hello!My name is Rayann Atway


My name is Rayann Atway and I am a summer intern at the NCI, working in the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. I am a junior biology major/chemistry minor at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Currently, I am working on creating a new learning community in R2R about Healthcare Teams and Team Science. I am also working on a narrative review about overscreening and underscreening of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers in minority older adults.

I really love how the learning communities on R2R provide a place for people with similar interests to collaborate and share ideas. I am looking forward to getting the new learning community established!

Hello everyone,My name is

Hello everyone,

My name is Lynette Phillips and I am the manager of the Utah Cancer Control Program which is a CDC funded groupd of cancer and wellness programs at the Utah Department of Health.



Hi Lynette, and welcome again

Hi Lynette, and welcome again! It sounds like you're doing interesting work! I was looking through the webinars on your site and I saw you have a toolkit: "How to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician’s Evidenced-Based Toolbox and Guide" that seems like such a good resource for providers, and with CRC screening being part of the Blue Ribbon report it's definitely something that's relevant and important. What prompted you to join R2R? Is there anything we do/could provide that would be really useful for you?

My name is Irene Tami-Maury,

My name is Irene Tami-Maury, DMD, MSc, DrPH. I am an assistant professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center. One of my research interests is advancing tobacco prevention and cessation efforts in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Latin America. We have 3 ongoing projects with major cancer centers in Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

Another area of interest is tobacco use and cessation among sexual and gender minority groups in the US. I am currently leading a research effort aiming at testing a phone-base tobacco cessation intervention for LGBT individuals. In addition, we have been assessing tobacco use (including eCigs) and health-risk perceptiom among LGBT individuals attending the Houston Pride Festival and Parade since 2014.

Hopefully the R2R community, webinars, and other events will be great sources for information and networking with other researchers doing similar work. 

Hi Irene,

Hi Irene, It's great to have you on R2R, and thanks for your thoughtful question during the cyber seminar Tuesday. Your work sounds really interesting! It's not phone-based by any means, but I suggest you look up some of the behavior change interventions implemented by the organization RESCUE. They seek to reduce smoking among young adults of different age groups -- I bet you would find it really interesting! We did a cyber seminar with them during September 2016 on their HAVOC project. Go to our cyber seminar page and check it out if it interests you! Also, the Research Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) site may have something relevant to your work, so that might be a good place to start as well. Again, we're really glad you're here! What would you like to get out of the community, specifically? You alluded to the fact that information and networking are important to you. What does that look like in your mind? We're always working to improve the site, so your input is important :) Best, Jordan

Hi,  My name is Susan Eason

Hi,  My name is Susan Eason and I am the Program Coordinator for the West Virginia Program to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening (WV PICCS) a CDC-funded CRCCP program.

My work is part of the cancer prevention and control efforts of the West Virginia University Cancer Institute.

I currently focus my work in primary care settings working on systems-based change that will impact specifically colorectal cancer screening, but is certainly applicable to other quality preventive screening measures.

My work seeks to address the barriers to screening that come with living in a rural, lower health literate, poor state with high rates of underserved populations and provider shortages.

Good morning. I joined the

Good morning. I joined the Research to Reality yesterday.  I am currently the Scientific Director of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at Southern Pathology Services. Southern Pathology Services is a Clinical Institution that provided services in the area of Pathology, Clinical and Molecular Testing, FNA and Blood Bank. We are located in Puerto Rico. I have a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Ponce Health Science University at Puerto Rico. My current work focuses on the research and development of new diagnostic tests/assays for different cancer types and other diseases. I work in the entire process including: test evaluation, cost-effective analysis, revision of guidelines and recommendations for the appropriate use of the tests, optimizations, design of validations and training the testing personnel.  During the last year we started the development of our Research Program. This division is an effort to establish multidisciplinary collaborations with other investigators from different agencies including the academia. Our main interest is to develop collaborations sharing our clinical resources at the same time that we participate with the investigators in the development of a common research interest in the areas of cancer and infectious diseases. The goal of these collaborations is to improve the current strategies or develop new strategies for prevention, treatment or patient care.  Being a member of R2R will benefit us and other members through the valuable information and resources that we can exchange with other researchers or practitioners as well as in the development of new collaborations. Based on our clinical resources, our research topics of interest are cancer and a limited number of infectious diseases. I consider myself a practitioner and a researcher since I work in collaboration and sometimes in direct contact with the physicians and patients as well as with the investigators. 

My name is Allison Quick. I

My name is Allison Quick. I am a radiation oncologist at Ohio State University. I am pursuing an MPH to gain more exeprience in cancer control and prevention. I am interested in implentation studies.  I am also currently interested in tobacco cessation in the cancer population. I joined R2R to try to gain more exposure to this type of research and to potentially find more ways to get involved. 

Hi Everyone,

Hi Everyone,

I joined the community today after attending a great webinar on Building Models and Momentum: Predicting the Impact of Tobacco Control Policies.

I am a retired engineer, spent 32 in Aerospace. I lost my husband to lung cancer in April 2013 and decided to become a lung cancer advocate. I went back to school to get an MPH. I graduated last year, May 2016.

I live in South Glastonbury CT and I work part time at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington MA helping with patient outreach and with lung cancer screening research projects. I am also the COO of a start up company, Prosumer Health. We are developing a smart phone accessible, AI driven, evidence based health maintenance and improvement platform for consumers. I'm an Associate editor for the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

My interests are in lung cancer advocacy, patient advocacy, lung cancer screening, lung cancer research, patient empowerment and activiation and  the use of social media and technology including connected and wearable devices for disease prevention and management. I'm especially focused on increasing lung cancer screening awareness and uptake by the population at high risk with additional focus on addressing the stigma associated with lung cancer and on underserved populations.

I look forward to being part of and learning from this group.