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Research projects

All the research we support is funded entirely by public donations. To date, 61 projects have been funded, with a total value of over £13 million. These are focused on early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and the development and monitoring of new treatments.

Professor John Marshall

Professor John Marshall

Grant made in 2017 Award Round

This new project will investigate the exact role of the molecule avb8 which sits on the cell surface of many types of pancreatic cancer.

Professor Peter Friend

Professor Peter Friend

Grant made in 2017 Award Round

Professor Friend and Mr Srikanth Reddy will conduct a pilot study to treat 20 pancreatic cancer patients who are not eligible for surgery with high intensity focused ultrasound.

Dr Claire Wells

Dr Claire Wells

Grant made in 2017 Award Round

Dr Wells will investigate the interaction between two proteins called PAK4 and p85 which she believes helps pancreatic cancer to spread.

Bart Cornelissen

Dr Bart Cornellisen

Grant made in 2017 Award Round

Dr Cornelissen’s project aims to detect pancreatic tumours earlier and evaluate treatments faster using imaging equipment routinely used in hospitals.

Professor Yaohe Wang

Professor Yaohe Wang

Grant made in 2017 Award Round

This project will design immune cells that can specifically attack cells displaying different markers, with the aim of developing personalised treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Dr Mairead McNamara

Dr Mairead McNamara

Grant made in 2017 Award Round

Dr. McNamara will examine blood and tissue samples donated by patients with later stage disease to look for genetic mutations similar to those found in breast and ovarian cancer, for which there are known treatments.

Sarah McClelland

Dr Sarah McClelland

Grant made in 2016 Award Round

Dr McClelland is investigating whether limiting certain chromosomal defects in pancreatic cancer cells will improve the effectiveness of treatments.

Professor John Marshall

Professor John F. Marshall

Grant made in 2016 Award Round

Professor Marshall is testing a peptide drug against different types of pancreatic cancer, prior to taking it into a clinical trial.

Dr Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic

Dr Tanja Crnogorac-Jurcevic

Grant made in 2016 Award Round

Dr Crnogorac-Jurcevic is developing a urine test to detect early-stage pancreatic cancer.

Professor John Callan

Professor John Callan

Grant made in 2016 Award Round

Professor Callan's team is investigating whether improving the supply of oxygen to a tumour will enhance the effect of cancer treatment.