Future Leaders Academy

We are taking the lead in supporting and developing the research leaders of the future

A major obstacle to progress is the limited number of scientists working in pancreatic cancer research. To make sustainable improvements to the lives of people with pancreatic cancer we need to train our Professors of the future, now.

Our academies are designed to attract world-class early career scientists into pancreatic cancer research, and provide them with mentorship and training to develop the essential skills and expertise needed to pursue their career as a leading scientist in pancreatic cancer. Providing support at this early stage of their careers, will ensure that the best researchers are ready to make the difference that we need in years to come, as well as right now.

These academies give PhD students access to state-of-the art facilities and leading experts. This gives scientists the best chance to drive positive changes in pancreatic cancer, and it helps the pancreatic cancer field attract and retain the research leaders of tomorrow.

Future Leaders Academy 2021: The University of Cambridge

As part of our second Future Leaders Academy, we’re funding five PhD students to take on the disease, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. This collaboration will build on the success of the charity’s previous Future Leader Academy programme at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, in Glasgow.

With supervision from senior members of the team at The University of Cambridge, students will help to advance our understanding of pancreatic cancer, while also developing the skills that will help them become the professors of the future. Professor Gerard Evan, the Head of Department of Biochemistry and Sir William Dunn Professor at the University of Cambridge, will be overseeing the research projects and supporting the students as Academy Director.

The Academy has been made possible because of the wonderful generosity of the Ellis Family, in memory of Lesley Ellis. Lesley passed away on June 20th 2019, peacefully at home, surrounded by family, after a short but brave fight with pancreatic cancer. She was just 59. The Ellis family wish to support our Future Leaders to build their career in pancreatic cancer research and help make the breakthroughs that are so desperately needed.

Meet the 2021 Future Leaders and find out more about their projects

Stela Monk

Helping pancreatic cancer respond better to immunotherapy

Watch this video to find out more about Stela's project

Jonathan Parker

Understanding pancreatic cancer development and finding ways to reverse the process

Watch this video to find out more about Jonathan's project

Catarina Pelicano

Understanding how the tumour microenvironment influences the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer

Watch this video to find out more about Catarina's project

The final two future leaders will be starting in September and details of their projects will be available then.