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Pancreas Centre BC Researchers Receive Innovation Grants!

In November 2014 two studies led by Pancreas Centre BC researchers received National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Innovation Grants.

The first study entitled ‘The effects of neoadjuvant metformin on tumour cell proliferation and tumour progression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma’ is led by Drs. Dan Renouf, David Schaeffer, James Johnson and Janel Kopp. The study will investigate the effects of metformin on tumour cell proliferation and tumour progression in pancreatic ductal adenocarinoma.  Patients with resectable disease will be treated with metformin prior to surgery.

1st World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Advocates from Canada, the US, the UK, Spain, Netherlands, France, Germany, Finland, Norway, Brazil, and Argentina, to name a few, have mobilized to declare Thursday, November 13, 2014 as World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day.

This month in Canada, the CN Tower, Toronto City Hall, the Ottawa Heritage Building, and Vancouver's Jack Poole Plaza, among other landmarks, have lit up in purple to raise awareness.

Pancreatic Cancer Education Symposium for Patients

Pancreas Centre BC and Pancreatic Cancer Canada will host an education symposium for patients with pancreatic cancer, their families and supporters.  The program will include:

  • An overview of pancreatic cancer
  • Surgery
  • Research & clinical trials
  • Screening & surveillance
  • Hereditary cancer
  • Nutrition and support
  • Patient stories
  • Your questions answered

The details of the symposium are:

Date: Saturday 6th December 2014

Medical Geneticist Joins Pancreas Centre BC

Kasmintan Schrader recently joined the University of British Columbia and the BC Cancer Agency as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and a staff physician at the Hereditary Cancer Program.  Dr. Schrader’s research will focus on understanding the genetic basis of pancreatic cancer susceptibility in individuals and families affected by the disease.


Cypress Challenge Raises $415,000!

On August 16, 2014, the 7th Annual Glotman-Simpson Cypress Challenge, in memory of Darren Latoski, raised an amazing $415,000 towards pancreatic cancer research. 

The climb is a fun way for cyclists to challenge themselves to reach a personal best, while helping defeat a particularly dangerous form of cancer.  This year hosted over 625 riders and 100% of the money raised benefits the BC Cancer Foundation and Pancreas Centre BC.


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