What the Hell Is a Research Evangelist?
On the show today, Dave Bjork, self-proclaimed Research Evangelist, young adult lung cancer survivor, and champion of the cause of “direct-to-research” philanthropy. What does that mean Well, here’s what I think it means. It’s almost too easy to donate and support cancer research, but it’s often a giant cauldron into which you throw your money and never know where it winds up. Cue the black and white informercial — “There’s got to be a better way!” How can I know where my research funding goes? Can I just avoid the middleman and donate to one specific doctor for a more immediate and tangible impact? I also learned that the actual process of research funding itself is insanely stupid and ridiculously antiquated. Anyone whose written a grant with a glass of Merlot knows what I’m talking about. Also — does the life sciences sector have a bad rap? All this and more on today’s episode Enjoy the show.