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The ability of UK researchers to address the key questions in disease initiation and progression will only ever be as good as our understanding of those issues. By discussing and developing collaborative networks to tackle the research challenges faced, we can maximise the potential and efficiency of a small but dedicated research community in the UK.

Pancreatic Cancer UK and the Oxford Stem Cell Institute are pleased to announce that on the 13th & 14th June, in Oxford, UK, we will gather the research community together, not to present published data, but to take an opportunity to discuss the priority challenges faced by discovery and translational researchers in the UK and how we can work together to overcome them.

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This event is now fully booked. Please email us if you’d like to join the waiting list and we will get in touch with you if any places become available.

Key event details

  • Venue: The Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD, UK
  • Times:
    • Monday 13th June 2022, 11.00 – 18.00. Social in the evening – transport from The Oxford Martin School to the Cherwell Boathouse will be provided from the venue from 18.15.
    • Tuesday 14th June 2022, 09.30 – 14.00
  • Catering:
    • On Monday, lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event venue. In the evening, there will be a BBQ social at the Cherwell Boathouse.
    • On Tuesday, refreshments and lunch will be provided at the event venue.
  • Travel: The main Oxford train station is an approx. 15 min walk or a 12 min bus to the event venue. We kindly ask all delegates to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from the event, and any accommodation. We are offering a limited number of bursaries to assist with travel and accommodation costs for post docs living outside of Oxford – see below for more information.

Topics of discussion

Over the two-day forum event we will focus on key areas of research:.

  1. Cell of origin – do we understand the cells that initiate human cancer and are we reflecting this preclinically?
  2. (epi)Genetics and subtypes – driver mutations have helped the community model pancreatic cancer but how does this intersect with therapeutic vulnerabilities and transcriptional subtypes?
  3. Immunology – can we dissect out pro- and anti-tumour immunology and use this for informed therapeutic intervention?
  4. Stroma – pancreatic stroma is heterogenous: what can we learn from the subtyping of cells in the stroma and how can we specifically target tumour-promoting features?
  5. Progression – how do we faithfully model early disease and metastatic progression to intervene in a clinically relevant manner?

Within these areas we will hear from labs across the UK who will share their work-in-progress, deepening the community’s knowledge of the current work being carried out across the UK. We will also discuss and share what resources we have at the disposal of the community and identify the resources we do not have that hold back progress. We will use this new shared understanding to then identify and prioritise the challenges that must be overcome so we can begin to put in place the resources, collaborations and investment needed to further build significant momentum in discovery and translational research in the UK.

The aims of the forum

The aims of the forum are for participants to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the work ongoing in labs carrying out basic discovery and translational research in pancreatic cancer across the UK
  • Agree a shared understanding of strengths to build on and weakness to address
  • Establish new contacts and potential collaborations
  • Identify new research resources e.g. models, data sets, samples
  • Build an improved sense of community in pancreatic cancer research
  • Input into the ways that Pancreatic Cancer UK and other partners can strategically invest in the community over the next 5 years

Who is this event for?

This event is for:

  • Experienced/senior post-docs and research Fellows
  • Principal Investigators
  • Group Leaders
  • Junior Group Leaders

We have representatives joining us from: University of Oxford, CRUK Beatson Institute, CRUK Cambridge Institute, CRUK Manchester Institute, Barts Cancer Institute, University of Liverpool, Kings College London, University of Essex, University of Westminster, Royal Free Hospital, Freeman Hospital, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, University of Glasgow, European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, Cardiff University, Queen Mary University of London, University of Hull, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Nottingham Trent University, Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, University College London, University of Birmingham.


There are a selection of affordable hotels near to the venue including:

  • Premier Inn Oxford City Centre (approx. 11 min bus journey or 15 min walk)
  • easyHotel Oxford City Centre (approx. 15 min bus journey or 35 min walk)
  • Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Road (approx. 17 min bus journey or 35 min walk)


We appreciate that it may be difficult to cover the costs of attending this event and we’d like to help where we can. We are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries to assist with travel and accommodation for post docs living outside of Oxford.

If you feel you would benefit from a bursary, please tick the box when you register. We will send you further information and you will need to complete an application form.

Covid-19 guidelines

Please read our COVID guidelines below:

  • If you are feeling unwell, have Covid-19 symptoms or have a positive Covid-19 test, please do not attend the event. If you are unable to attend due to illness, please email us as soon as possible. If you think you may have COVID-19, follow NHS guidance on what to do if you have symptoms.
  • Where possible, we recommend event attendees take a rapid lateral flow test prior to travelling to the event.
  • We strongly encourage all attendees, speakers and staff to wear face masks out of consideration for others (unless exempt).
  • Based on current government guidelines and regulations across the UK, social distancing is no longer required in indoor public spaces. We do continue to recommend avoiding shaking hands and request you be respectful of those around you with regards to maintaining a reasonable distance.
  • Windows will be opened to allow for ventilation, so we advise you to bring something warm in case it gets cold in the room.
  • Cleaning products will be available in all rooms.
  • Please bring your own notepad and pen with you.
  • Delegate packs will be shared electronically.

Join the waiting list

This event is now fully booked. Please email us if you’d like to join the waiting list and we will get in touch with you if any places become available. As a reminder, this free event is for experienced/senior post-docs and research Fellows, Principal Investigators, Group Leaders and Junior Group Leaders.

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If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.