Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will award $5.1 million in research grant funding
Thanks to the unwavering support of generous donors and passionate volunteers, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has awarded nearly $5 million in research grant funding so far this year. With the awarding of two additional grants later this spring, the organization will have funded a record $5.1 million in grants for 2014.
The research funded promises to significantly advance our understanding of pancreatic cancer and ways to fight it, seeking to answer such questions as, “Is sudden-onset diabetes an early predictor of pancreatic cancer?” and “Can ‘starving’ pancreatic cancer cells kill them?” and “Can a patient’s own immune system be made to attack a pancreatic tumor?”
Engaged in exciting studies at 10 prominent institutions around the country, the 14 grantees named thus far are talented scientists at different stages of their careers, conducting a variety of research projects:
- Two strong teams of experienced scientists pursuing strategies likely to improve the treatment of pancreatic cancer received Research Acceleration Network Grants. Established in 2013, these grants are designed to support research collaborations involving at least two institutions making progress toward the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s goal of doubling pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
- Five scientists were awarded Innovative Grants, aimed at supporting novel ideas or experimental strategies to enhance the understanding of pancreatic cancer, including approaches that have shown promise in other types of cancer.
- Five scientists who recently established independent laboratories were selected for Career Development Awards. This funding helps scientists make the critical transition to running a successful laboratory focused on pancreatic cancer research.
- Two postdoctoral fellows — researchers who have completed their doctoral degrees and are continuing their training — were funded, one with a Pathway to Leadership Grant and one with a Fellowship Award. Both awardees are working in the laboratories of other scientists who were grantees of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, emphasizing the importance of strong mentorship.
These research grants were announced today, April 8. The two additional grants will be announced early next month.
Continued progress toward the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s 2020 goal depends on sustained funding. Federal dollars for scientific research are key, but private support plays a critical role, too, especially in times of reduced federal funding.