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Dr Paul Newey

Dr Paul Newey

Location: University of Dundee

New cells models for the development of personalised treatments for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PanNETs)

This project investigates how pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PanNETs) develop, in order for desperately needed new treatments to be developed in the future.   

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Dr Lodewijk Dekker

Dr Lodewijk Dekker

Location: University of Nottingham

Investigating novel compounds to prevent tumour growth and the spread of pancreatic cancer cells

Research investigating new compounds to prevent pancreatic cancer spreading into surrounding tissue, with the future aim of developing new treatment options.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Professor Christopher Heeschen

Professor Christopher Heeschen

Location: Barts Cancer Institute

Investigating pancreatic cancer stem cells from blood

Professor Christopher Heeschen will be developing a new, non-invasive technique to obtain pancreatic cancer stem cells from patients’ blood and establish treatments to fight them. 

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Dr Angus Cameron

Dr Angus Cameron

Location: Barts Cancer Institute

A new drug target to prevent pancreatic cancer spread and growth

Research investigating a novel protein in pancreatic stellate cells that might be a target for new drug treatments to prevent the spread of pancreatic cancer. 

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Dr Alexandra Aicher

Dr Alexandra Aicher

Location: Barts Cancer Institute

Developing an immunotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer

Dr Alexandra Aicher will be working to understand more about pancreatic cancer’s resistance to immunotherapy treatments.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Dr Gunnel Hallden

Dr Gunnel Hallden

Location: Barts Cancer Institute

Developing a new therapy for pancreatic cancer using the adenovirus

Research aiming to develop a new treatment for pancreatic cancer by using a flu virus that has been specifically modified to hunt and eliminate cancer cells.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Dr Stewart Martin

Dr Stewart Martin

Location: University of Nottingham

Improving response to radiotherapy treatment in pancreatic cancer patients

Funded research by Dr Stewart Martin investigating a new types of drugs that aims to kill pancreatic cancer tumour cells.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Dr Chiara Braconi

Dr Chiara Braconi

Location: Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton

New Markers of sensitivity to treatment in pancreatic cancer

Research investigating whether microRNAs (part of a genome) could be used to predict a person’s response to chemotherapy treatments.

Research category: Personalised treatments

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Professor Eithne Costello

Professor Eithne Costello

Location: University of Liverpool

microRNA profiling in pancreatic stellate cells: validation and assessment of potential to predict response to treatment

Professor Eithne Costello will be investigating stellate cells, which are essential for pancreatic cancer growth. 

Research category: Personalised treatments

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Professor   Christopher Heeschen

Professor Christopher Heeschen

Location: Barts Cancer Institute

Personalising treatment for pancreatic cancer with cancer stem cells

Professor Christopher Heeschen is investigating pancreatic cancer stem cells.

Research category: Personalised treatments

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Dr Anguraj Sadanandam

Dr Anguraj Sadanandam

Location: Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton

The project aims to characterise pancreatic cancer tumours into different sub-types and identify treatment. 

Research category: Personalised treatments

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Dr Bart Cornelissen

Dr Bart Cornelissen

Location: University of Oxford

Molecular imaging biomarkers of gemcitabine resistance in advanced mouse models of pancreatic adenocarcinoma

Dr Bart Cornelissen's team aims to develop special molecular scanning techniques and test their usefulness for early detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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Dr Cathy Tournier

Dr Cathy Tournier

Location: University of Manchester

Defining a new role for JNK signalling in acinar plasticity

This project will investigate signalling processes on a molecular level to increase our understanding of how signalling is associated with the development and growth of pancreatic cancer.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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Professor Jacqueline Shaw

Professor Jacqueline Shaw

Location: University of Leicester

Can multiplex deep sequencing of circulating free DNA detect pancreatic cancer at an early stage?

Funded research by Professor Jacqueline Shaw at the University of Leicester aiming to develop a simple approach to the early detection of pancreatic cancer through markers in the blood.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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Professor Roy Bicknell

Professor Roy Bicknell

Location: University of Birmingham

The detection, imaging and therapy of pancreatic cancer

Funded research by Professor Roy Bicknell at the University of Birmingham aiming to develop a new diagnosis tool using a protein that this found in the bloodstream.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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Dr Catherine Hogan

Dr Catherine Hogan

Location: Cardiff University

Modelling heterotypic cell-cell interactions in vivo at the initial stages of pancreatic cancer

Dr Catherine Hogan at Cardiff University will be investigating mutations in pancreatic ductal cells with the aim of developing new methods of detecting pancreatic cancer in the early stages.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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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.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Dr Stephanie Kermorgant and Professor Christopher Heeschen

Dr Stephanie Kermorgant and Professor Christopher Heeschen

Location: Barts Cancer Institute

Understanding mechanisms that lead to tumour growth in pancreatic cancer

Research will be investigating how processes in the body play a part to the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Dr Anguraj  Sadanandam

Dr Anguraj Sadanandam

Location: Institute of Cancer Research

Identifying sub-types of pancreatic cancer and tailoring effective treatments

The project aims to characterise pancreatic cancer tumours into different sub-types and identify best treatments for each.

Research category: Personalised treatment

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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.

Research category: Personalised treatment

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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. 

Research category: Personalised 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.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Professor Derek Manas

Professor Derek Manas

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust

Supporting new treatment innovations

Professor Derek Manas and his team will be gathering more information and data on how to best use the innovative new treatment, Nanoknife®, and which patients are most likely to benefit.

Research category: Improving the chance of treatment success

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Mr Guiseppe Garcea

Mr Guiseppe Garcea

Location: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Pilot for new patient and carer app

Research by Mr Guiseppe Garcea at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to develop a new App to support people affected by pancreatic cancer.

Research category: Improving patient experience

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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.

Research category: Improving patient experience

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Dr Andrew Millar

Dr Andrew Millar

Location: London Cancer

Patient power to support early diagnosis

Dr Andrew Millar and his colleagues at London Cancer, will be working with Medefer Ltd to harness the power of patients to describe their symptoms to improve the earlier identification of patients with abdominal cancer.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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Dr Jo Tod

Dr Jo Tod

Location: University of Southampton

The tumour biology of long-term survivors of pancreatic cancer

Research by Dr Jo Tod will be looking at pancreatic cancer tumour from survivors of pancreatic cancer in order to find clues to the mechanisms.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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Professor Steve Pereira

Professor Steve Pereira

Location: University College London

Creating a rapid diagnostic pathway for patients with pancreatic cancer

Professor Steve Pereira's team aims to provide primary care physicians with a rapid diagnostic pathway for patients with pancreatic cancer by implementing early detection tests in symptomatic, ‘at-risk’ patients.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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Professor David Tuveson

Professor David Tuveson

Location: Cold Spring Harbor, New York (with University College London)

Early identification of pancreatic cancer

Research led by Professor David Tuveson in collaboration with Professor Martyn Caplin aims to develop a test for pancreatic cancer detection and treatment monitoring.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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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.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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Dr Jo  Tod

Dr Jo Tod

Location: University of Southampton

Investigating the spread of pancreatic cancer

Research led by Dr Jo Tod and her team will investigate how two proteins interact and how this causes tumours to grow, will the ultimate aim of using the knowledge to develop new treatments.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success

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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.

Research categories: Personalised treatment

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Mr Nigel Jamieson

Mr Nigel Jamieson

Location: University of Glasgow

Preoperative endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis and personalised treatment of pancreatic cancer

The research team will analyse tissue taken during endoscopic ultrasounds and looking at the specific functional characteristics of each patient’s individual pancreatic cancer.

Research categories: Personalised treatments

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Dr Ralf Zwacka

Dr Ralf Zwacka

Location: University of Essex

Stem cell therapy for pancreatic cancer

What we are trying to achieve: Dr Zwacka will be developing a new approach to immunotherapy, using engineered stem cells to re-activate the immune system.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success 

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Dr Maria Hatziapostolou

Dr Maria Hatziapostolou

Location: Nottingham Trent University

Characterising the molecular network to find new treatment strategies against pancreatic cancer   

What we are trying to achieve: Dr Hatziapostolou has discovered a specific gene that plays significant role in the regulation of pancreatic cancer growth.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success 

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Dr Steven Whittaker

Dr Steven Whittaker

Location: Institute of Cancer Research

Development of new drugs for pancreatic cancer

What we are trying to achieve: In this project, Dr Steven Whittaker and his team aim to identify genes to switch off in order to halt the growth of and fight against pancreatic cancer.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success 

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Professor Weiguang Wang

Professor Weiguang Wang

Location: University of Wolverhampton

Investigating the use of Disulfiram, a drug for alcohol abstinence, as a treatment for pancreatic cancer                            

What we are trying to achieve: Professor Wang’s team will be investigating whether Disulfiram could be effective against pancreatic cancer.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success 

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Dr Bart  Cornelissen

Dr Bart Cornelissen

Location: University of Oxford

Development of PET imaging techniques for the detection of pancreatic cancer and to guide treatment choice

What we are trying to achieve: This project aims to develop a method of detecting a protein called p53 in patients with pancreatic cancer.

Research category: Early diagnosis

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Dr Leandro Castellano

Dr Leandro Castellano

Location: Imperial College London

An investigation of small molecules produced by pancreatic cells to inform the development of new treatments

What we are trying to achieve: This project will investigate cancer stem cells, which produce new cancer cells and are resistant to existing treatments.

Research category: Improving chances of treatment success 

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