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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.

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.

Professor Alex Breeze

Professor Alex Breeze

Grant made in 2016 Award Round

Professor Breeze is developing new compounds to block a vicious cycle of signals that occurs in cancer between two proteins called SOS and Ras.

Patricia Sancho

Dr Patricia Sancho

Grant made in 2015 Award Round

Dr Sanchez is exploring combinations of treatments that will attack the two main energy sources used by pancreatic cancer stem cells.

Venkat Kanamarlapudi

Professor Venkat Kanamarlapudi

Grant made in 2015 Award Round

Professor Kanamarlapudi is testing a new drug compound that works on the surface of pancreatic cancer cells, which means the cells are unable to develop resistance to the drug.

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Dr Claus Jorgensen

Grant made in 2015 Award Round

Dr Jorgensen is investigating an enzyme that allows pancreatic cancer cells to hijack surrounding cells to form a protective coating called the stroma.