Researcher pouring liquid into a beaker to understand biology of pancreatic cancer.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) announces the funding of eight new, innovative pancreatic cancer research projects through its Research Grants Program. Since 2003, PanCAN and its charitable donors have invested more than $48 million to help advance the field of pancreatic cancer research, a significant portion through research grants.

Research is necessary to understand the biology of the disease and to develop improved early detection tools and better treatment options for patients. In total, PanCAN has awarded 167 grants to 166 scientists at 62 institutions.

“Our grants program is critical to meeting our urgent mission to improve pancreatic cancer patient outcomes,” said Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, PanCAN’s president and CEO. “An analysis of the grants we awarded from 2003 to 2015 showed that the grantees we invested in were able to secure more than $11 for each dollar we funded, which has given them a jump start to expand their critical research efforts.”

This year, PanCAN awarded eight grants to 11 researchers in the U.S., Canada and France, totaling $4.2 million. Recipients were selected through a competitive peer-review process.

The 2018 PanCAN research grantees are:


“The need for continued research funding, both public and private, is urgent, as pancreatic cancer patients have the lowest five-year survival rate of any major cancer – just 9 percent,” explained Lynn Matrisian, PhD, MBA, chief science officer at PanCAN. “Pancreatic cancer is projected to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States around 2020. Collaborative research efforts provide the greatest hope for improving pancreatic cancer patient outcomes.”

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