Researching the cures

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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.

Fieke Froeling

Dr Fieke Froeling

Grant made in 2015 Award Round

Dr Froeling's work focuses on profiling pancreatic tumours to look for clues that will help match patients to the most effective epigenetic drugs available.

Eithne Costello

Dr Eithne Costello

Grant made in 2015 Award Round

Dr Costello's team is looking for ways to block a particular protein that pancreatic cancers cells can use to protect themselves against drugs.

Bart Cornelissen

Dr Bart Cornelissen

Grant made in 2015 Award Round

Dr Cornelissen is developing ways of using PET imaging to detect early stage pancreatic cancer.

Professor Yaohe Wang

Dr Yaohe Wang

Grant made in 2014 Award Round

Dr Wang is investigating ways to combine virotherapy approaches with immune system-boosting drugs to kill any remaining pancreatic cancer cells post-surgery.

Michael Schmid

Dr Michael Schmid

Grant made in 2014 Award Round

Dr Schmid's research explores how white blood cells help pancreatic cancer cells to spread and grow new tumours.

Prof Laura Machesky

Professor Laura Machesky

Grant made in 2014 Award Round

Professor Machesky is investigating drug compounds that affect a protein called fascin1, thought to help pancreatic cancer cells move and spread.

Hemant Kocher and Richard Grose

Prof Hemant Kocher and Dr Richard Grose

Grant made in 2014 Award Round

This research looks at ways to block the chemical messaging between pancreatic cancer cells and stellate cells which helps the cancer to invade neighbouring healthy tissue.

Stephanie Kermorgant

Dr Stephanie Kermorgant

Grant made in 2014 Award Round

Dr Kermorgant is investigating drug compounds that could curb the action of a molecule called c-Met, which triggers the spread of pancreatic cancer.

Dr Patrick Forde

Dr Patrick Forde

Grant made in 2014 Award Round

Dr Forde is evaluating the potential for short electric pulses to increase the uptake of chemotherapy drugs by pancreatic cancer cells.

Dr Jason Bruce

Dr Jason Bruce

Grant made in 2014 Award Round

Dr Bruce is exploring ways to cut off the energy supply used by pancreatic cancer cells to pump calcium out of the cells.