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The NPF Announces 2017 Research Grant Awardees



NPF Awards 350,000 Dollars to Research

Bethesda, MD – May 22, 2017 – The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit or-ganization dedicated to funding cutting edge research, advocating for new and better thera-pies, and providing support and education for those impacted by pancreatic disease, an-nounced today that it is awarding $350,000 in research funds to deserving scientists across the United States for the 2017. Seven grants of $50,000 will be distributed to researchers studying chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatic cysts.

2017 Research Grants

Follistatin Nanoparticle Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer Cachexi
Daniel Marks, MD, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University

Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy as an IMaging Biomarker (CLIMB study) for the Diagnosis of
Pancreatic Cystic Lesions.
Somashekar Krishna, MD, MPH
The Ohio State University

Can High Ras Activity Transform Pancreatic Ductal Cells?
Jennifer Bailey, M.A., PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Alterations in the Enteroendocrine Axis Following Total Pancreatectomy with Islet
Autotransplant (TPIAT) for Chronic Pancreatitis
Melana Bellin, MD
The University of Minnesota

Reinterpreting Hypertriglyceridemia in the Context of Pancreatitis: Implications for its
Measurement, Classification, Mechanisms in Disease, Therapy, and Nutrition
Biswajit Khatua, PhD
Mayo Clinic Arizona

The Role of Pancreatic Cancer Metabolic Rewriting in Driving the Expression of CES2 a Predictor of Response to FOLFIRINOX Therapy.
Michella Capello, PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Targeting Fibrosis in Chronic Pancreatitis: A Potential Treatment Option.
Sandeep Nadella, MD & Victor Ciofoaia, MD
Georgetown University


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 pan-creatitis and pancreatic cancer. For more information on our organization please visit

Media Contacts

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