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Patrice O’Brien participates in review of breast cancer research applications for US Dept of Defense

As an advocate for breast cancer survivors and those living with breast cancer, Patrice S. O’Brien recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Breast Cancer Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense. Patrice was nominated for participation in the program by Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. As a consumer reviewer, she was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $120 million appropriated for the program by Congress for Fiscal Year 2017 will be spent on research to address breast cancer and treatments.

Consumer reviewers are asked to represent the collective view of patients and family members by preparing comments on the impact of the research on issues such as diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life.  Scientists applying propose to conduct innovative research to improve the quality of life by decreasing the impact of cancer on Service members, their families and the American public.

Patrice O’Brien has a strong commitment to breast cancer research. For the past 10 years, she has been the captain of Rawle & Henderson LLP’s race team for the annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure, helping to raise over $78,500 to find a cure for breast cancer.

Patrice is Of Counsel in our Philadelphia office. She has practiced as a civil trial lawyer for over 30 years in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, catastrophic loss and premises liability in the Mid-Atlantic region. She received her undergraduate degree from Delaware Valley College, magna cum laude, in 1983, and law degree from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1986. Patrice is also currently co-chair of the Medical–Legal Committee of the State Civil Litigation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Patrice can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4222 • pobrien@rawle.com