£1 million funds 7 grants for pancreatic cancer research

IMAGE: Maggie Blanks, founder and CEO, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. view more 

Credit: Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

The new projects include a pilot clinical study to assess a treatment currently not available in the UK, a new way to personalise treatments that trigger patients’ immune systems to attack the cancer and an imaging technique to detect tumours earlier and assess the effectiveness of treatment faster and more easily.

The grants take the charity’s research portfolio to 52 projects worth over £8 million, plus a further £2 million committed to the world’s first national pancreas tissue bank, created in 2016 to further accelerate research progress.

PCRF founder and Chief Executive, Maggie Blanks said: “This is a truly exciting and innovative mix of projects, led by first class researchers, and are those which our scientific advisory panel believes have the biggest potential to deliver improvement in survival statistics of this most lethal cancer.

“Funding for pancreatic cancer research is scarce, so PCRF’s role remains essential. We give researchers the opportunity to progress and test the very best ideas that could deliver new ways to diagnose the disease earlier, deliver potential new treatments and monitor the effectiveness of existing treatments. Without PCRF,


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