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2016 Featured Talks » Partnering with patients to accelerate the pace of biomedical research



Partnering with patients to accelerate the pace of biomedical research


Corrie Painter, PhD
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard









Corrie Painter, PhD
Associate Director, Operations and Scientific Outreach
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard


Corrie Painter is the Associate Director of Operations and Scientific Outreach at the Broad Institute. A trained cancer researcher with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, Painter partners with advocacy groups and engages patients for genomics studies conducted at the Broad Institute where patients can consent online to donate their stored tumor samples, saliva, medical records and their voice in order to directly accelerate the pace of discovery. These efforts can be followed on Twitter #MBCproject, @MBC_project, @Corrie_Painter, on FaceBook, The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project, and in the news/blog section of MBCproject.org
Painter, an angiosarcoma survivor, is also a passionate leading patient advocate who co-founded and serves as the Vice-president of Angiosarcoma Awareness Inc, an organization that supports research and awareness efforts surrounding this disease.
Prior to joining the Broad, Painter was a Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she developed zebrafish as a model system to explore tumor immunology. Her doctoral work , also at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, characterized the structure of MHC class II proteins, which play a key role in the immune system.