Project LEAD

About Project LEAD®: The premier science training for advocates

Project LEAD® is the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s premier science training program for activists that has created a revolution in the world of breast cancer research and public policy.

The course prepares graduates to engage in the wide range of local and national forums where breast cancer decisions are made. Project LEAD® graduates bring an educated consumer perspective and critical thinking skills to the important issues and controversies in breast cancer.

As a result of NBCC’s work, scientists, government agencies and private industry have changed the way they design and implement breast cancer research and programs. NBCC has created a model for consumer influence marked by transparency, innovation and a peer relationship among scientists, researchers, policymakers and consumers nationwide.

What is Expected of Project LEAD® Graduates?

The graduates of Project LEAD®  work in all aspects of breast cancer-related research, quality care improvement and decision-making based on evidence-based healthcare.

Project LEAD® graduates engage in these and other activities:

  • Partner with scientists to design breast cancer research
  • Become involved with clinical trials on protocol committees, DSMB’s, helping educate the public about participating in trials
  • Write articles and commentary on breast cancer issues
  • Present work at scientific conferences and meetings
  • Review breast cancer research proposals for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program and other research panels
  • Serve on decision-making boards of local, state and national organizations, committees and Institutional Review Boards

Project LEAD® Institute

Offered annually in July, this intensive six-day course teaches advocates the language and concepts of science with a focus on the biology of breast cancer, genetics, epidemiology, research design, and advocacy.

Project LEAD® Institute


Past Project LEAD Programs

Since 1995, NBCC has been providing outstanding education programs through Project LEAD. Historically, this has included two-day workshops, topic-specific training, as well as international programming. Explore some of Project LEAD’s previous offerings: