Today saw the APPG on Pancreatic Cancer hold their Annual General Meeting, following the Day of Action in November to launch the findings of the APPG Inquiry.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP will now become Chair, taking over the role from Lord Patel, who handed over the chairmanship during today's meeting and continues in the APPG on pancreatic cancer as Secretary.
The committee has written to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, asking for a formal response to the APPG Inquiry report - a general response had already been received noting the contents of the report but the APPG are now pursuing a more detailed reply on the specific recommendations made.
To build on that work, the APPG also announced the launch of a new inquiry: this time focusing specifically on pancreatic cancer research. Amongst those invited to give evidence will be charities, patient groups, researchers and clinicians. The group will investigate the barriers preventing effective pancreatic cancer research, be it levels of funding or more specific policies that need addressing, as well as taking a look at international comparisons.
Wrapping up today's meeting was a presentation from Dr Jo Tod, a researcher at Southampton University and a Pancreatic Cancer UK ''Future Leader''. Dr Tod walked us through the 'microenvironment of pancreatic cancer' with a fascinating talk about the cellular climate pancreatic cancer has been found to thrive in, and the difficulties involved in furthering research into tumours and biomarkers.