Research Involvement Network opportunity: Express your interest in a new opportunity to represent people affected by pancreatic cancer at the Cambridge Pancreatic Cancer Centre

More about the Cambridge Pancreatic Cancer Centre

The goal of the Cambridge Pancreatic Cancer Centre is to be a focal point of multi-disciplinary excellence for the translation of pancreatic cancer research from the lab to patients, facilitating collaboration between Cambridge academics, clinicians and external partners. Their research and clinical focus are driven by the need for earlier diagnosis and better treatment options for patients with pancreatic cancer. They will work together to discover and implement new strategies to improve outcomes for patients with this disease.

How does the research the Centre carries out benefit people affected by pancreatic cancer?

Eighty researchers at the Centre work on various aspects of pancreatic cancer research.  Some of them are directly involved in designing and running  clinical trials and clinical research studies on pancreatic cancer, including ATRiUM, PaCE and PORTICO_Trans.  This might involve patients receiving new treatments and/or tumour biopsies and blood being collected from participants in order to allow the researchers to study the biology of the disease.  Another aim of the programme is on the early detection of cancer in order to improve survival rates.

What does the new role involve?

The Centre is looking for individuals based in or around the Cambridge area who have been affected by pancreatic cancer to feed into their work on an ongoing basis. The team are working on updating their strategy and there is an opportunity to feed into this from the perspective of someone who has been affected by the disease. The representative will be required to feed back on this through attending the Centre’s Executive meetings. The Executive meetings are attended by Research Group Leaders and Clinical Consultants and are held twice per year. It is likely that the next meeting on 11th March 2021 will be online but once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control these will be face to face meetings.

Other optional opportunities via this role:

There is an opportunity for the individual to attend quarterly Science meetings (attended by all researchers in the programme) and contribute to workshops and symposia, as well as an annual European Cancer Medicine Centre open day in Cambridge, however this is not a requirement of the role.

There may also be other ad hoc opportunities to feed into the research at the Centre e.g. reviewing patient information sheets and working with researchers on their funding applications.

When does the role start?

The role will begin in February/March 2021. Please express your interest no later than: Friday 5th February 2021.

What skills and experience do I need?


  • Experience of pancreatic cancer, either personally or through the experience of a loved one.
  • A keen interest in pancreatic cancer research.
  • Comfortable and willing to share your experience and opinions
  • Good communication skills and the ability to share your thoughts constructively
  • The ability to think objectively and consider the needs and concerns of all people affected by pancreatic cancer.
  • Good written communication skills with the ability to provide constructive feedback on different study/strategy documents.
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality, where required.
  • Experience of formal meetings is desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience of patient and public involvement in research is desirable, but not essential.
  • Can commit to attending 1-2 executive meetings a year and other ad hoc events.
  • You do not need to have a scientific or research background to take up this role. We would simply like you to contribute your expert opinions and experiences as someone affected by pancreatic cancer.

What expenses will be covered?

Meetings are currently being run virtually, however once they are face to face again travel expenses will be reimbursed including standard class rail travel/buses and fuel/parking.

What next/who to contact:

Please send your expressions of interest briefly detailing:

  • Where you are based (a requirement is that you are based in or around the Cambridge area)
  • Your experience of pancreatic cancer
  • Any other experience that you feel may be relevant to the role
  • Why you would like to take up this role

Please email these to Kate Donoghue, Research Programme Manager (Pancreatic Cancer) at the Centre. We will then set up an informal chat with anyone who gets in touch to find out more about you and answer any questions that you have.