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Pancreatic cancer early diagnosis Sandpit Innovation Workshop

***Application deadline extended to 30th September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop is now virtual and will take place on 29th November-2nd December 2020***

Pancreatic cancer is very hard to diagnose, which is one of the key reasons it is such a tough disease to survive. As the leading pancreatic cancer charity in the UK, we are committed to funding pioneering research into early diagnosis, because we know this will give more people a chance of survival.

To solve this problem, we’re taking a different approach. Having already created the Pancreatic Cancer UK Early Diagnosis Research Alliance – one of the UK’s largest and most innovative early diagnosis funding schemes - we know that in research, collaboration is key. Through committed collaboration with equally dedicated and world-leading research organisations, we can drive change faster and make an even bigger difference to people affected by pancreatic cancer.

We are therefore delighted to be making another exciting commitment to supporting pancreatic cancer early diagnosis research, bringing together the best minds in science for an innovative workshop in partnership with leading research organisations Cancer Research UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

In June 2020, combining investment from ourselves, Cancer Research UK and EPSRC we will fund proposals which will drive earlier diagnosis. Together, we will be hosting a dynamic series of virtual workshops delivered over three days that bring together leading scientists and experts, encourage them to collaborate and challenge one another in order to identify solutions that are truly innovative ways of tackling challenges in pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Researchers at The Early Diagnosis Sandpit In 2017

The partnership has further benefits in enabling us to bring together both pancreatic cancer research experts and researchers from other cancer types, or fields of research like engineering or mathematics, combining specialist pancreatic cancer expertise with new research perspectives and knowledge to enable genuine and much needed innovation.

The ultimate aim of the workshop is to develop new multidisciplinary and revolutionary research ideas, with up to 5 of the best proposals being awarded £100k seed-funding to support the subsequent pilot and feasibility studies. 

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