How did the Love Research Army get started?
Dr. Susan Love, like many members of the breast cancer community, was frustrated by the slow advancements in learning what causes breast cancer and how to prevent it. In order to learn more about the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer, researchers need to work with volunteers to explore possible solutions. Scientists, however, told Dr. Love that they did not know how to find people who would be interested in taking part in the studies that were needed to end this disease. Without people to participate in studies, new and innovative research solutions are impossible.
Dr. Love realized that people want to help find breast cancer solutions and are willing to participate in studies—they just didn't know they were needed! From this, the idea was born of an Love Research Army, ready to serve science.
Is this the same program as the Army of Women?
Yes! In 2020, after recognizing over 11 years as the Army of Women, we changed our name to Love Research Army to better reflect the Dr. Susan Love Foundation's longstanding commitment to fostering inclusive research. You may see references to the Army of Women, or AOW, in previous study reports, webinars, and publications.
Why is it called the Love Research Army?
How does the Love Research Army work and how do I apply to utilize it for recruitment?
All researchers interested in using the Love Research Army as a recruitment resource must register with the Love Research Army and submit a study proposal. We accept requests for letters of support for studies that are in the process of applying for funding, and requests for participant recruitment for studies that have already secured funding.
For requests for letters of support, the Foundation's research team will review the proposal and, if approved, provide a letter and pricing information for your funding application.
For requests for participant recruitment, the Foundation's research team and members of our external Scientific Advisory Committee—comprised of both researchers and advocates—will review each proposal, ensuring that the study is feasible for the Love Research Army and is ethical and safe in its design. Researchers whose studies are approved will collaborate with the Foundation's research team to create content to display on the Love Research Army website, and also to broadcast through our email blasts and social media platforms. Before we open recruitment for any study, we require documentation of the IRB's approval of all materials.
Once the Foundation receives confirmation of IRB approval, recruitment for the study will launch! Members of the Love Research Army can self-select to participate and will go through an online screening process to qualify for the study. We want to ensure that investigators are connected with qualified candidates for their study. To facilitate this goal, researchers can opt-in to have interested participants go through an initial online screening process. Participants who self-select and are deemed appropriate are then connected with the research team conducting the study.
Love Research Army participants who RSVP for a study will agree to have their contact information shared with the researcher for the sole purpose of screening and scheduling. Researchers agree not to share volunteer contact information or biologic samples with third parties or use the samples for purposes other than those outlined in the protocol for which the Love Research Army volunteer consented and the Dr. Susan Love Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee approved.
Can for-profit companies have access to the Love Research Army?
What is the IRB approval policy?
The Love Research Army requires researchers to agree to follow the provisions of the "Common Rule" (45CFR46) federal human subjects regulations and obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before receiving biological samples or access to the Love Research Army for their research. While these regulations currently do not apply to institutions that do not receive federal support, the Love Research Army policy requires all researchers utilizing the Love Research Army to follow the Common Rule.
Researchers will be required to obtain the appropriate IRB approval from their institution's IRB prior to recruitment.
If the researcher does not have an established IRB at his or her institution/organization, the researcher should use a central IRB. Alternatively, a researcher may use the services of the AAHRPP. For an accredited list of IRBs see AAHRPP's accredited organizations.
All researchers should be aware of how the federal human subjects' regulations apply to the use of human biological samples. If you are unfamiliar with the IRB approval process and would like guidance on how to proceed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can a researcher use the Love Research Army in the grant proposal while applying for funding?
What types of studies does the Army support?
How will I know that the Love Research Army represents the population I need?
What are the responsibilities of the researcher?
How much will it cost to access the Love Research Army?
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