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The National Pancreas Foundation Announces 2014 Research Grant Recipients


NPF Awards 300,000 Dollars to Research

Bethesda, MD – May 1, 2014 – 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 2014 fiscal year. Six grants of $50,000 will be distributed to researchers studying pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

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

2014 Research Grants

Farzad Esni, PhD,
University of Pittsburgh
Investigating the Role of Progenitor-Like Cells in Pancreatitis in Mouse and Human Pancreas *

Aida Habtezion, MD, MSc
Stanford University
Immune Based Therapies in Chronic Pancreatitis

Gregory Lesinski, PhD, MPH
The Ohio State University
Jak2 Inhibition as a Therapeutic Approach for Chronic Pancreatitis

Scott Lowe, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Temporal Analysis of Tumor Suppressor Function in Pancreatic Cancer Development **

Julien Sage, PhD
Stanford University
Blocking Scaffold-Kinase Interactions to Inhibit Pancreatic Cancer ***

Barbara Ulmasov, PhD
Saint Louis University
Characterization and Modulation of TGFbeta Activation in Pancreatic Fibrogenesis
* Supported by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation
** Supported in part by the New York Chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation
*** Supported in part by the Horvitz/Lebovitz Fund

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 visit

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