PhD student Peter Wan Kok Ting from the University of Oxford is working with Professor Len Seymour on a new research project funded in our most recent grants awards. PCRF offered Peter the chance to attend one of the biggest pancreatic cancer conferences, held online in 2021 by the American Association for Cancer Research. Here’s Peter’s report.
A study funded by PCRF and Worldwide Cancer Research has provided new insight into how non-cancerous cells called fibroblasts help pancreatic cancer tumours develop - knowledge which the researchers hope could lead to the development of new drugs to tackle the disease.
PCRF is keen to support PhD students and early career researchers who’ve chosen to study pancreatic cancer and who are involved in research projects that we’ve funded. This includes enabling them to access events that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend so that they can meet, network with, learn from - and be inspired by - more established researchers in the field.
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been able to fund another £1.4 million of research projects after last year’s difficult decision to halt grants during the pandemic.
Results of a study funded by PCRF have shown how ‘machine learning’, a branch of artificial intelligence, has the potential to identify which people are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer up to two years before they are diagnosed.
The UK’s national tissue bank for pancreatic diseases is open for applications from any UK-based researchers needing samples of blood, urine and saliva to aid their research.
PCRF has accepted an invitation to be a partner in a research programme that will treat 75 patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer with the latest high-tech radiotherapy technology.
A pilot study funded by PCRF has shown that by analysing electronic health records with sophisticated computer modelling techniques, it is possible to identify people at risk of developing pancreatic cancer up to 20 months before their diagnosis.
The foot-and-mouth-disease virus is helping scientists to tackle pancreatic cancer, in new research funded by PCRF. (Image credit: CRUK)
A PCRF-funded project has identified a new way to kill pancreatic cancer cells by ‘pulling the plug’ on the energy generator that fuels calcium pumps on their cell surface.