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2012 Research Grant Recipients Announced

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A Message from the President and CEO

Dear Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Friends:

Our research grants program reached several notable milestones this year, reflecting the remarkable growth of its scope and influence.

In partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), we awarded 14 grants to outstanding scientists throughout the country in 2012. This year's total funding level of more than $3.4 million represented the largest annual disbursement since the program was introduced in 2003. The program's geographic reach also substantially expanded, as grants were awarded to scientists working at institutions and in states across the country not previously funded through the program. This means that interest in studying pancreatic cancer is expanding and our efforts to build a robust pancreatic cancer research community are working.

We took great pride in recognizing the 2012 grant recipients at a reception and dinner held in conjunction with the AACR's 103rd Annual Meeting, which took place from March 31 to April 4 in Chicago. We were also thrilled to see the "standing room only" attention that the poster presentation session highlighting current and past Pancreatic Cancer Action Network grant recipients attracted at this year's gathering.

The number of donor-funded research grants funded in 2012 - 12 - was also unprecedented. The Daniel and Janet Mordecai Foundation's record $1.4 million gift for the grants program generously funded five grants, including one Pathway to Leadership award and four Career Development awards.

Since the program's inception, more than $12.7 million in research funding has been awarded, representing 80 grants received by 76 researchers. These figures show we are steadily increasing the number of scientists devoted to studying pancreatic cancer, which is one of the four impact metrics we will use as we assess our benchmarks in moving toward our Vision of Progress of doubling the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020. In addition, we have to continue to increase the federal dollars invested in pancreatic cancer research so that the growing field of pancreatic cancer scientists is able to obtain funding from the National Cancer Institute. To this end, we hope that you will register and join us in Washington DC for our annual Advocacy Days. Click here to see how many people have registered from your state.

We realize the sense of urgency to find a cure is great. For far too long, the pancreatic cancer research community has been small, fragmented, and poorly funded. By attracting brilliant early career scientists and investigators with innovative ideas to study pancreatic cancer and building a comprehensive research community, we are creating the momentum needed to make significant scientific discoveries.


Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA
President and CEO
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network


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