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Research projects

All the research we support is funded entirely by public donations. To date, 68 projects have been funded, with a total value of over £14.5 million. These are focused on early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and the development and monitoring of new treatments.

Dr Naomi Walsh

Grant made in 2018 Award Round

Dr Walsh aims to design chemotherapy drugs that will target and kill types of cancer stem cells within pancreatic tumours that are responsible for drug resistance and relapse.

Gunnel Hallden

Professor Gunnel Halldén

Grant made in 2018 Award Round

Professor Hallden is researching how to use a flu-like virus to seek out and infect pancreatic cancer cells wherever they are in the body.

Dr Richard Clarkson

Dr Richard Clarkson

Grant made in 2018 Award Round

Dr Clarkson's research focuses on c-FLIP, a molecule found in pancreatic cancer cells that stops damaged or diseased cells from dying.

Professor Maeve Lowery

Professor Maeve Lowery

Grant made in 2018 Award Round

Prof Lowery will study tumour samples to find changes in genes and assess whether these changes affect how patients respond to drugs.

Professor Hemant Kocher

Professor Hemant Kocher

Grant made in 2018 Award Round

Professor Kocher’s project will investigate why immunotherapy - a treatment which harnesses the patient’s immune system to kill cancer cells - doesn't work with pancreatic cancer.

Angus Cameron

Dr Angus Cameron

Grant made in 2017 Award Round

In a project co-funded with Worldwide Cancer Research, Dr Cameron aims to prevent normal cells in the pancreas from supporting pancreatic cancer growth and resistance to cancer 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.