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2016 Research Grant Recipients

The National Pancreas Foundation Announces 2016 Research Grant Recipients

NPF Awards 300,000 Dollars to Research

Bethesda, MD – April 25, 2016 – The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding cutting edge research, advocating for new and better therapies, and providing support and education for those impacted by pancreatic disease, announced today that it has awarded $300,000 in research funds to deserving scientists across the United States for the 2016 fiscal year. Six grants of $50,000 will be distributed to researchers studying pediatric pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer.

More information on NPF’s research program, including current and past grant recipients, can be found at

2016 Research Grants

Preoperative Extended Chemotherapy vs. Chemotherapy Plus Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy for Borderline Resectable Adenocarcinoma of the Head of the Pancreas*
Matthew Katz, MD FACS 
University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center 
* Supported by the Western PA National Pancreas Foundation Chapter
A Novel Biomarker, mAB Das-1, for Diagnosis and Risk Stratification of Precancerous
Pancreatic Lesions*
Kiron Das, MD 
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey 
* Supported by the Allen Lebovitz and Esther Horvitz Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
Engineered T Cells for Pancreatic Cancer*
Norihiro Watanabe, PhD 
Baylor College of Medicine 
* Supported by the Ben & Rose Cole Pria Foundation
Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) A Reliable, Non Invasive Method for Staging Chronic Pancreatitis from Minimal Change Disease to the Advanced Stages in Pediatrics
Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD; Andrew Trout, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Genomic Structural Variants at the CTRB1/CTRB2 Locus in Chronic Pancreatitis  
Eszter Hegyi, MD, PhD 
Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 
Non-Tumorigenic Support Cells Fuel Pancreatic Cancer Metabolism 
Costas Lyssiotis, PhD 
Regents of the University of Michigan   

About the National Pancreas Foundation

The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. To fulfill its mission, the NPF raises and manages a charitable foundation from which grants are made directly to researchers seeking to resolve the challenging medical problems of pancreatic diseases. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients who are suffering from all forms of pancreas disease – pediatric pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. For more information on our organization please explore our website (

Media Contacts

Matthew Alsante, Executive Director, National Pancreas Foundation, (866) 726-2737, EMAIL