Our annual Discovery and Translational Research Forum is back and this year we’ll be holding the event in Liverpool, UK on 20th & 21st May 2024.

We will be bringing the research community together again to discuss some of the priority challenges faced by discovery and translational researchers in the UK and how we can work together to overcome them.

To find out the themes for this year, please see Topics of Discussion below. There is the opportunity for you to present your work within these Topics of Discussion, in a quick-fire short presentation format. These are open to everyone attending, including Early Career Researchers (ECRs), but we will also have a specific ECR flash talk session (3 minute presentations) for you to showcase your emerging findings, or ask a specific question of the rest of the community. Applications closed on 4th March 2024.

The ability of UK researchers to address the key challenges in pancreatic cancer 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. The 2022 and 2023 Forums have been productive and collaborative, with insightful discussions and have certainly set a strong baseline to keep conversations progressing in the 2024 forum.

Key event details

Venue: The Spine Building, 2 Paddington Village, Liverpool L7 3FA


  • Monday 20th May 2024
    • 10.30 – 11.00: Registration, teas & coffees
    • 11.00 – 18.00: Main event
    • 18.30 – 21.30: Evening social (venue to be confirmed)
  • Tuesday 21st May 2024
    • 9.00 – 09.30: Registration, teas & coffees
    • 09.30 – 14.30: Main event (including light lunch)
    • 14.30 – 16.00: Early Career Researcher session


  • On Monday, lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event venue. In the evening, there will be a social with food available. More information coming soon.
  • On Tuesday, refreshments and lunch will be provided at the event venue.
  • All dietary requirements will be catered to. Please ensure you let us know any dietary requirements when you book your place.


  • If travelling by train, Liverpool Central station is approx. 20 minute walk, 12 minute public transport or 12 minute drive. Liverpool Lime Street station is approx. 20 minute walk, 13 minute public transport, or 6 minute drive.
  • If travelling by car, we will share more information soon on parking at or near the venue.

Agenda: the full agenda will be shared nearer the time but the event themes are listed below in the Topics of discussion section.

Topics of discussion

We will hear from researchers across the UK who will share their work-in-progress across these topics, deepening the community’s knowledge of the current work being carried out across the UK.  We will discuss the opportunities and challenges the community faces to help us understand how we can put in place the resources, collaborations and investment needed to further build significant momentum in discovery and translational research in the UK. If you are interested in presenting your work, please do submit a short summary of your research with your registration form.

  1. The interface between technology and biology
    • What biological questions could be uniquely answered by emerging technologies, or engineering and physical science approaches?
    • What can we learn from other cancer sites and how do we best leverage these learnings?
  2. Targeting secondary disease
    • What are the initial molecular drivers of metastasis, and how does this, and subsequent outcomes, differ between different sites of metastasis (e.g. lung vs liver)?
    • Should we shift our focus to treating pancreatic cancer as inherently metastatic, and what can we learn from the lab in regard to this?
  3. Therapeutic resistance mechanisms
    • What do we know about the molecular mechanisms driving the progression of disease and resistance to treatment in pancreatic cancer (e.g. senescence, apoptosis, tumour mass dormancy etc)?
    • What holds the greatest potential in developing targeted treatment strategies to overcome this?
  4. Metabolic dysfunction and cachexia
    • Where has the most progress been made in our understanding of metabolic reprogramming in pancreatic cancer, and what potential exists for new treatments?
    • How can we combine our molecular and clinical understanding to effectively address one of the biggest challenges (cachexia) in supporting people with pancreatic cancer?
  5. Addressing disparities
    • What do we know about the biological mechanisms contributing to disparities in pancreatic cancer?
    • What are the greatest disparities seen clinically and how can we work together to drive progress in addressing these?

The aims of the forum

  • Showcase discovery & translational research occurring across the UK to give the community a better understanding of what research is happening where
  • Enable connection and collaboration between the discovery and translational researchers
  • Discuss shared challenges and potential ways to overcome them
  • Provide networking and development opportunities for early career researchers
  • Identify ways for Pancreatic Cancer UK to better support the research community


Next door to the venue is the Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village (3 Paddington Village, Off Grove Street, L7 3FA) who offered a discounted rate to our delegates. This offer closed at the end of April.

Other hotels

There are also a selection of affordable hotels nearby (and near to the stations) including:


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 Liverpool.

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.

If you would like to apply for bursary you must have registered your interest by 4th March 2024.

If you are not a post doc, but are struggling to find funding to cover your accommodation and travel costs, please get in touch with the Research Team.

Thank you very much to our sponsor

Focused Ultrasound Foundation

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The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was created to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide by accelerating the development of focused ultrasound, an early-stage non invasive therapeutic technology with the potential to transform the treatment of many medical disorders. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that focused ultrasound finds its place as a mainstream therapy within years, not decades, and works to fund research, foster collaboration, and build awareness among patients and professionals. Since its establishment in 2006, it has become the largest non-governmental source of funding for focused ultrasound research.


Key contact: Chrit Moonen, PhD Scientific Programs Director, cmoonen@fusfoundation.org

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