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Professor Eric O’Neill

Professor Eric O’Neill

Location: University of Oxford

Understanding the impact of the immune system on response to treatment

This project will investigate how the immune system can prevent chemotherapy treatments from working properly.

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Professor Andrew Biankin

Professor Andrew Biankin

Location: University of Glasgow

Finding the right treatment for the right patient in pancreatic cancer

This project aims to identify a set of biomarkers that characterise different pancreatic cancers.

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Professor Duncan Jodrell

Professor Duncan Jodrell

Location: University of Cambridge

Investigating potential new combination therapies for the treatment of pancreatic cancer

Charles Dunlop will investigate how DNA repair mechanism enables cancer cells to build up a resistance to chemotherapy treatment. 

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Professor Juan Valle and Dr Mairéad McNamara

Professor Juan Valle and Dr Mairéad McNamara

Location: University of Manchester

Improving outcomes in patients with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer - The ‘Collins Pancreatic Cancer UK' Scholarship

Professor Juan Valle and Dr Mairéad McNamara will investigate the impact of FOLFIRINOX on patients outcomes.

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Lynne McCallum

Lynne McCallum

Location: Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Nutritional Therapy Research

Lynne McCallum will research the impact of involving a dietician in the early diagnosis and treatment of dietary symptoms and enzyme insufficiency in patients with pancreatic cancer.

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Professor Zhengming Chen and Dr Michael Holmes

Professor Zhengming Chen and Dr Michael Holmes

Location: University of Oxford

Development of a blood test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer

What we are trying to achieve: This project will investigate whether a blood test can identify individuals with pancreatic cancer before they start to experience symptoms, which could allow them to undergo potentially curative surgical treatment.

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Dr Derek Grose

Dr Derek Grose

Location: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Using PET scans to determine treatment response to preoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy

This project investigates a new technique to identify areas of pancreatic cancer tumours with low oxygen supply, and whether this technique can predict a patient’s response to chemotherapy treatment.

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Dr Gillian Prue

Dr Gillian Prue

Location: Queen's University Belfast

PRECISE: PancREatic Cancer: Individualised Supervised Exercise: a feasibility study

The team in Belfast will test a bespoke exercise programme for people with pancreatic cancer who have undergone surgery and are receiving chemotherapy. The purpose of this is to improve the resilience of patients, helping them minimize side effects and maximize chemotherapy.

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Dr Robin Ketteler

Dr Robin Ketteler

Location: University College London

Cutting off the energy supply to pancreatic cancer cells

Pancreatic cancer cells undergo a process called autophagy where they essentially eat parts of themselves to ensure energy supply and survival. The team at UCL aim to find a molecule that stops the autophagy process putting the cancer cells under stress and causing them to die.

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Dr Claire Connell

Dr Claire Connell

Location: Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Understanding changes to metabolism and immune function in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma

The team will use state of the art clinical research facilities to understand the role the immune system plays in causing the weight loss, which is independent of calorie intake, associated with pancreatic cancer.

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Professor Gail ter Haar

Professor Gail ter Haar

Location: The Institute of Cancer Research

Combining viruses and ultrasound to better target and destroy pancreatic tumours

The team at the ICR aim to use ultrasound to break down the barriers surrounding pancreatic tumors, thereby allowing specially engineered viruses to target the cancerous cells and initiate an immune chain reaction that destroys them. 

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Dr Siim Pauklin

Dr Siim Pauklin

Location: Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford

Early detection of pancreatic cancer by analysing DNA taken from patient blood

The team at Oxford have proposed a novel approach that will assess how DNA modifications produce so called ‘cancer stem cells’ that have the ability to change how they grow and duplicate, which is one of the first steps in cancer development. They will then look at whether these modifications could potentially be detected in the blood at an early stage. 

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Mr Siong-Seng Liau

Mr Siong-Seng Liau

Location: MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge

Strengthening the immune system’s ability to fight pancreatic cancer

The team want to understand more about preventing pancreatic cancer cells from switching off the expression of certain genes, which allow them to evade the immune system and render immunotherapy ineffective. 

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Future Leaders Academy 2017

Future Leaders Academy 2017

Location: Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute

In September 2017 we announced the launch of the Pancreatic Cancer UK Future Leaders Academy, a new training programme for Future Leaders at the world-leading Beatson Institute in Glasgow.

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