Science for patient advocates

A study week taking patient advocates from bedside to bench

VOICE Students and Tutors 2014

VOICE 2024

We are pleased to announce that the VOICE course will once again be residential and held at Barts Cancer Centre from the 1st to 6th September 2024.

Please email if you would like to register an interest or for more information. 

Members of ICPV are actively involved in many areas of research. To facilitate and enhance our role in these activities, members aim to understand the fundamentals of cancer, study design and current areas of controversy and research.


Much of this is gained through experience. However, working with the internationally renowned Barts Cancer Institute we have developed a tailor-made course which provides a week-long intensive training in basic cancer biology, introduction to research terminology and study design, and critical evaluation of research proposals and scientific papers. We have called this course VOICE (Vision On Information, Confidence and Engagement) Science for patient advocates. This course is unique, the only course of this type in the UK.



VOICE aims to give participants:

  • An introduction to basic cancer biology

This  will include sessions on what cancer is, how it is caused, how it develops and how  it is detected and treated. Course participants  will spend time in the research laboratories to help them to build their understanding.

  • An introduction to epidemiology, statistics and reading scientific papers

This  will include sessions on on understanding statistics, understanding risk, epidemiology and how to read and interpret scientific papers.


We hope that this course will give participants increased  confidence to become more effectively involved in cancer research as patient  advocates.

For full details please download the flyer below. 

VOICE 2024 Information
Flier 2024 edit.pdf
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VOICE 2023 Course Report
voice 2023 course report - october 2023.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.5 MB]


For information on forthcoming courses please contact us.

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