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 Symposium 2018 @ NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Mar 22 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Pancreas Symposium 2018: Current Controversies in Benign Pancreatic Disease


The Pancreas Symposium 2018 program will review current controversies and procedures for managing benign pancreatic disease. Acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cysts are among the most complex cases that physicians are confronted with as internists, gastroenterologists and surgeons. Our internationally recognized faculty will present lectures and case presentations to help practicing physicians treat benign pancreatic disease.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss current evidence-based guidelines for the surgical and endoscopic management of acute pancreatitis
  • Explain how to diagnose and treat pancreatic insufficiency
  • Recognize special considerations for pediatric pancreatitis
  • Discuss the diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis and when to refer patients for total pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplantation
  • Identify new and enhanced imaging techniques of the pancreas
  • Describe the role for biomarkers in chronic pancreatitis
  • Explain how to diagnose and manage autoimmune pancreatitis, pancreatic cystic neoplasms and incidentally found pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
  • Describe the physiology of pain in pancreatitis
  • Identify new techniques in endoscopic ablation of select pancreatic lesions
  • Assess the role for prevention in pancreatic disease

Target Audience

This activity is designed for gastroenterologists, surgeons, internists, radiologists, pathologists, RNs, PAs, NPs and other medical professionals involved in the evaluation, diagnosis and/or management of patients with benign pancreatic disease.

For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Casino Night 2018 @ Tap House Grill
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for an evening of fun and casino games as we raise money to end pancreas disease and remember Rob Ericson. Each $40 entry ticket will include appetizers, $150 in funny money and a free app card for use on a return visit to the Tap House Grill. Additional raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

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Pancreas Education Event @ UMass Memorial Medical Center - Sherman Auditorium 1st Floor
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In collaboration with the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), the UMass Memorial Division of Gastroenterology, designated NPF Center of Central MA, presents the fourth annual pancreas education program; PEP Talk 4: What’s Eating You? Experts from UMass Memorial and NPF will be on hand to share important information and answer your questions about pancreatitis.

This year’s topics will include:

  • Transitioning home
  • Meal planning
  • Live cooking demo with Chef Adam Orn
  • Patient and perspective
  • Expert panel discussion and Q&A

Register online at or call 855-UMASS-MD to reserve your spot today!

3rd Annual Project Cuffway @ Cox Business Center
Apr 13 all-day

Join us for a night of fun, fashion, and entertainment while raising money for such a wonderful cause! In 2017, the Rustic Cuff community enjoyed it’s second annual Project Cuffway where it received rave reviews and raised over $200,000 for the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF)!

This year’s event will be held on April 13th, 2018, in the Grand Ballroom at the Cox Business Center.

100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the NPF, providing HOPE for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer by funding cutting edge research; advocating for new and better therapies; and providing support and education for patients, caregivers, and health care professionals.

For ticket information, please CLICK HERE!
For participation in the Memoriam Wall, please CLICK HERE!
For Sponsorship information, please CLICK HERE!
To make a Sponsorship Payment, CLICK HERE!

2018 NPF Fellows Symposium @ The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Apr 20 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 11:27 pm

The National Pancreas Foundation holds an annual Fellows Symposium as an opportunity for Fellows to gain insights and instruction from renowned specialists.

To apply, please CLICK HERE.

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Patient and Supporter Stories

From Patient to Advocate – Barbara’s Story
22 November 2017

It all started as a child! I never knew why every time I was stressed or excited, which was a lot with a family of six children, a great Mom, and an alcoholic father, I would have these bad belly aches, nausea, and vomiting. It would happen during book reports in front of the class, …

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Bringing Joy with Toys – Riky’s Story
15 November 2017

Alarik “Riky” Howard is an exemplary thirteen-year-old boy who resides in Northwest Indiana.   As the Midwest braces itself for a chilly winter, Riky’s heart is far from cold.  He was diagnosed with severe chronic pancreatitis when he was just six years old. After countless prolonged stays at Indianapolis’ Riley Children’s Hospital and numerous surgeries, Riky …

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Walking Warrior – Karen’s Story
9 November 2017

In 2016, I decided to do the Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon and walked alongside my Mom, sister, and cousin. After completing it and finishing in 3 hours and 12 minutes, I decided to register for the race again in 2017. Walking for hours does not come easily to me. Along with being a Type 1 …

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