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NPF Awards 150,000 Dollars to Pancreas Disease Research

Bethesda, MD – May 28, 2020 – 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 is awarding $150,000 in research funds to deserving scientists for 2020. Three grants of $50,000 will be distributed to researchers studying, pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.

“It is an honor to have our work supported by the NPF,” said Alexander Muir. “We are very excited to get this project on pancreatic cancer nutrition and metabolism underway with the support of the NPF. We are looking forward to seeing what pancreatic cancers eat, how they digest their food, and if we can target nutrition and metabolism to kill tumors.” For over 20 years, the NPF has funded 124 grants totaling over 4 million dollars towards research in pancreas disease. “We are pleased with this year’s selection of research grantees,” said David Bakelman, NPF CEO. “Each grant will help move the needle in finding a cure and treatment for pancreas disease.”

2020 Research Grants

Soy-tomato enriched diet modulates inflammation in chronic pancreatitis
Principal Investigator: Thomas Mace, PhD
The Ohio State University

Deep profiling of local and systemic immune responses during progression of pancreatitis
Principal Investigator: Murli Manohar, PhD
Stanford University

Identifying adaptations to metabolic stress in the pancreatic cancer microenvironment
Principal Investigator: Alexander Muir, PhD
University of Chicago


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 visit

Media Contacts

David Bakelman, CEO, National Pancreas Foundation, (866) 726-2737,