2019 Research Grant Recipients

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In 2019, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), in partnership with generous donors, awarded grants to six scientists to support pancreatic cancer research.

PanCAN’s competitive grants program funds promising and high-caliber research on pancreatic cancer. This year, the program funded four translational research projects that aim to drive improvements in clinical care and patient outcomes. The program also funded two early-career grants, helping to encourage and support junior faculty to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish career paths in the field.

Please join us in welcoming this year’s new grantees and sharing this announcement:

2019 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Translational Research Grant
Yuan Chen, PhD
Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
Activating Anti-Tumor Immunity by Targeting a Ubl Modification

2019 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Translational Research Grant
Nicholas Cosford, PhD
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Pre-clinical Development of a ULK1/2 Inhibitor for Pancreatic Cancer

2019 Skip Viragh Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Career Development Award
Dannielle Engle, PhD
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
CA 19-9 Promotes Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer

2019 Julia Stagliano Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Catalyst Grant
Ingunn Stromnes, PhD
University of Minnesota
Overcoming Immunotherapy Resistance in Pancreas Cancer

2019 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Translational Research Grant
Wantong Yao, MD, PhD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Targeting Syndecan1 in Pancreatic Cancer

2019 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Translational Research Grant
Xiaochun Yu, MD, PhD
Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
Targeting dePARylation for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment


PanCAN and its scientific reviewers have also awarded five grant extensions to previously funded researchers with projects that are already in progress. Extension recipients include:

This marks the 17th year of the research grants program, and the organization has awarded 173 grants to 170 scientists at 64 institutions to date. This brings PanCAN’s total projected research investment to approximately $104 million, including the grants program and the organization’s leading-edge scientific and clinical initiatives.

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PanCAN’s next call for applications will be in the fall 2019.

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