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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Forum: November 25, 2017

The annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Forum (PCAF) is an educational day for patients with pancreatic cancer as well as their families and supporters. The PCAF includes several educational talks regarding surgical advances, clinical trials, nutrition, genetics and much more. This year’s Forum will be held on Saturday, November 25th 2017 from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

$410, 000 Raised at 10th Annual Cypress Challenge

Nearly 700 cyclists took to Cypress Mountain for the 10th Annual Glotman Simpson Cypress Challenge on Sunday, raising an incredible $410,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation.

The event, presented by Buntain Insurance and ZLC Financial, has now raised over $2.5 million to advance research for one of the deadliest cancers facing Canadians today – pancreatic. All proceeds benefit the 600 British Columbians expected to be diagnosed with the disease every year, most of whom will not survive their first year post-diagnosis.

Dr. Sharon Gorski receives 2017 Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation – American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Grant

Dr. Gorski, a scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, has recently been awarded a two-year Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation – AACR grant for a project focused on the proteogenomic analysis of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs). PNETs are rare tumours but their incidence has been increasing. There are few therapeutic options for advanced PNETs due in part to the limited knowledge of disease subtypes and prognostic biomarkers which would help guide treatment choice and the development of novel therapies.

10th Annual Cypress Challenge: August 13th 2017

The Cypress Challenge is an annual event for cyclists to challenge themselves on Vancouver's premier hill climb while supporting pancreatic cancer research. Since 2008, over $2.05 million has been raised through this event, benefiting leading-edge pancreatic cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency and Pancreas Centre BC.

Through a collaborative approach to improving care and survival for pancreatic cancer patients, the Pancreas Centre BC team of scientists and clinicians is leading a number of critical studies. This year advancements have included:

Highlights from Pancreas Centre BC’s Research Symposium 2017

Pancreas Centre BC held a Pancreatic Cancer Research Symposium on May 29th 2017 at the Diamond Health Care Centre. Over 40 people attended the invitation-only workshop that featured presentations from IDEAS grant holders and other pancreatic cancer researchers as well as trainees from UBC and the BC Cancer Agency. A variety of projects and topics were discussed including those related to new therapeutic targets for pancreatic cancer, novel biomarkers for early detection, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours and personalized medicine.

Dr. Dan Renouf receives the prestigious MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator Award

Dr. Dan Renouf, the co-director of Pancreas Centre BC, is one of the 11 recipients of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Health Professional-Investigator Award in its inaugural competition. This highly competitive salary award acknowledges Dr. Renouf’s clinical leadership role in a pan-Canadian initiative to molecularly characterize metastatic pancreatic cancer in order to develop individualized treatment options.

Pancreatic Cancer Education Symposium

On December 3rd 2016, Pancreas Centre BC together with Pancreatic Cancer Canada held their third annual Pancreatic Cancer Education Symposium.  Over 80 patients, families and their supporters attended this event and heard from leaders in the pancreatic cancer field.

The presentations were recorded and are available to view below:

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