Cheryl Jernigan, CPA, FACHE
Cancer Survivor and Co-Survivor; Lead Advocate, Patient and Investigator Voices Organizing Together
Patient and Investigator Voices Organizing Together (PIVOT)
Ms. Jernigan is a 25-year breast cancer “thriver," co-survivor of prostate and tonsil cancers, cancer research advocate, and Lead Advocate for PIVOT. She empowers patients to be effective partners and works with researchers and clinicians to enhance research’s focus on what matters to patients. She serves on the National Cancer Institute’s Central Institutional Review Board for Adult Late-Phase Trials; Rutgers Cancer Institute’s External Advisory Board; Susan G. Komen Advocates in Science Steering Committee and Komen Scholars; Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative's Steering Committee; and SWOG for Cancer Research’s Cancer Prevention & Epidemiology Committee and Patient Advocate Committee.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Basic scientists conducting biomedical research are generally not provided the skills or experiences needed to engage in meaningful patient engagement and effective community collaboration. The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s (KUCC) Community Outreach and Engagement program developed an innovative strengths-based training model, Patient and Investigator Voices Organizing Together (PIVOT) Across the Translational Research Continuum, pairing basic scientists with research-trained cancer survivors/co-survivors to bring the voices and experiences of patients and families into the research…