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There are lots of ways to get involved with our BRC.

You can contribute to our work as a patient adviser or representative by joining one of our advisory groups cancer, cardio vascular, dermatology, diabetes, stroke, and women’s health.

If you would like to establish or participate in an advisory group in a disease area not mentioned above, please contact our Patient and Public Involvement Manager, Claire O’Neill

For more information contact Jenny Cook, our Public Engagement Manager, on jenny.cook@kcl.ac.uk.

Patient case study: Alero Dabor

Alero

Alero became involved with the Biomedical Research Centre after surviving double breast cancer.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy to remove and reconstruct my breasts. Mr Ross, a plastic surgeon at Guy’s, led my surgery. He’s the reason I wanted to give back to Guy’s.

After my illness, I lost my way for a bit – I kept thinking ‘why me?’. I wanted to use my own academic background to benefit others, and working with researchers helped me to find my confidence again. I know that I may not directly benefit from the research I am helping with in my own lifetime, but I am happy that my contribution will help someone else one day.

I am part of the Patient and Public Involvement Advisory Group (PPIAG), so I talk to researchers about how to reach patients who might be wary of research, and I talk to patients about why research is such a positive thing. I hope I put a human face on what these amazing men and women do.

I get a lot out of knowing that I have helped someone to feel confident enough to take part in research, but for me, the simple fact that I turned my diagnosis into something positive is something I’ll always treasure.”