A number of people ask me about our Cancer Communication
Research Center. What's it like, how big is the office and the
staff, don't they like living in Denver. Most are impressed that we
have so many communication and cancer researchers in one
And of course we are nothing of the sort. We are a virtual center.
While we do have researchers and staff in our Denver office, they
work on many other sorts of work too (like pediatric research and
occupational research) and most of the researchers working on CCRC
projects are based across the country, in different healthcare
organizations (like Kathy Mazor at Meyers Primary Care in
Massachusetts) and in universities (such as Tom Gallagher at the
University of Washington or Rick Street at Texas A&M). This has
a number of implications but one of them is that there's a lot of
points of entry into this research center, and if you want to get
involved, you can.
When I was a grad student, I knew that universities hired
researchers (oh yeah, we taught and advised, too) and that many of
those researchers worked collaboratively in "invisible colleges"
with peer faculty elsewhere, coming together annually at their
professional association conferences. I had no clue that healthcare
organizations had their own research units. Well, our research
center spans across researchers in both sorts of units or
departments. And by becoming involved with us you can make
connections with researchers in both of those sorts of departments.
Help us get to know who you are and what you know!