National Pancreas Foundation Mission

The National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting edge research, advocating for new and better therapies, and providing support and education for patients, caregivers, and health care professionals.

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Physician Programs

Research Grants

Research Grants

NPF raises and directs funds to support exemplary research projects in the field of pancreas disease

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Fellows Symposium

Fellows Symposium

A three-day symposium pairing together world class physicians and scientists with medical fellows.

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Medical Education

Medical Education

Medical provider educational information and opportunities

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National Patient Registry

National Patient Registry

Institutional participation in the National Patient Registry

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Upcoming Events

Pancreas Disease is no Trivial Matter @ Emerson's Ale House
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us for an afternoon of fun, noshing on appetizers and trivia. We will gather to remember Rob Ericson and raise money for researching a cure for pancreatic disease – pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis (the disease that took Rob’s life). 

Every attendee will receive a gift bag. We will also have: 

*Silent Auction – 3 sets of Cubs tickets

*Raffle Baskets – Raffle tickets are 2 for $10 or 5 for $20

*50/50 Raffle –  At the end of the event, the money will be counted and 50% of the money collected will go to the winning ticket holder and 50% will go to the NPF

*Sports Memorabilia – Bid on autographed jerseys, photos, balls, caps

Ask your friends, family members and neighbors to attend with you. Let’s grow this event! If each of you invites one person and they attend, we have doubled our attendance. 

If pancreatic disease is the storm, then we are the warriors that are fighting that storm. Your donation means you are helping to fight the storm Rob can no longer fight!

Strike-Out Pancreatic Disease – Louisiana @ Rock 'n' Bowl
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join the National Pancreas Foundation Louisiana Chapter on Sunday, June 9, 2019  at the historic Rock’n Bowl for an afternoon of bowling and family fun!

Your registration includes bowling for two and a half hours, bowling shoes, food and soft drinks. We will also have a band performing at the event with a silent auction to follow.

We look forward to seeing you on June 9th. If you have any questions, please contact Chapter Chair, Jane Macke at

To donate/register, please go here:

Save-the-Date, Pittsburgh “Unmask a Cure” Gala
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

More details to follow

Save-the-Date: Patient Education Event – Indiana @ Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Carmel
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The National Pancreas Foundation Indiana State Chapter presents a Patient and Family Education event focusing on “Chronic Pancreatitis” covering Pain Management, Nutrition, Behavioral Medicine, and More.

The objective of this educational event is to provide patients and their caregivers with a fundamental understanding of the natural history and management of chronic pancreatitis

Registration begins at 9:00 AM with light breakfast as well as a boxed lunch will be provided

~Parking validation available at event~

For inquiries, email:

Pancreas Diseases Educational Symposium @ Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E Superior Street Rm L-South (3rd Floor), Chicago, IL 60611
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The National Pancreas Foundation and the Digestive Health Center of  Northwestern Medicine presents a patient-centered educational event.

“Pancreas Diseases Educational Symposium: Diagnosis, Treatment Care and Support for patients, caregivers & families”.

Experts from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the NPF will be on hand to share important information and answer your questions about pancreatitis.

– Transitioning to Home
– Nutrition, Pain Management and Support
– Patient Perspective
– Panel Discussion
– Fun Activities for children and young people

The event is free and open to all patients and caregivers with a light breakfast and Door prizes.

NPF News


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE NATIONAL PANCREAS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2019 RESEARCH GRANT RECIPIENTS NPF Awards 300,000 Dollars to Research Bethesda, MD – May 13, 2019 – The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding cutting edge research, advocating for new and better therapies, and providing support …

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Patient and Supporter Stories

170 Laps (or Rucking through Pancreatitis) – Matt’s Story
20 March 2019

In May of 2014, I woke up one morning and had what I thought was really bad indigestion along with some abdominal pain. I had physical therapy that morning from a recent shoulder surgery and went about my morning routine as usual. While at PT, the pain started to get severe and I was sweating …

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A Patient and Caregiver’s Perspective – June and Rod’s Story
19 February 2019

My official journey with pancreatic disease began in February 2012 when I was diagnosed. I had my gallbladder removed back in 1982 after delivering my first child. For years I would experience what to me felt like gallbladder attacks. A searing knife like pain in my back that extended through the front, intense nausea, and …

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A Fixed and Full Tummy – Rylan’s Story
7 February 2019

Rylan, 5, was a year and half old when he was officially diagnosed with idiopathic pancreatitis. July 2018 he had a  total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT). Through his Mom, Haley Grammer, she shares Rylan’s journey with pancreatitis.  From the time of birth to the diagnosis of pancreatitis Rylan cried ALL of the time as a …

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