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The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Announces Its 2008 Research Grant Awards Totaling Over $1 Million in New Research Funding
Date:4/15/2008

Among the 11 Awards Presented is the Inaugural Randy Pausch, PhD Pilot

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (http://www.pancan.org) announced today the 2008 Research Grant Awards recipients who will dedicate their time to pancreatic cancer research. The grant portfolio, topping $1 million in new grants, includes four Pilot Grants, six Career Development Awards and one Fellowship Award. Collectively, these grants support junior and senior scientists and provide funding for research in diverse fields of inquiry, including: the origin and causes of pancreatic cancer; the biology of the disease, including underlying physiological and biochemical processes; detection, staging, and diagnosis; and novel therapeutic strategies.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network grants program is administered in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). This partnership utilizes the rigorous and well developed AACR peer review system ensuring that the very best science in the country is supported.

Among this year's Pilot Grants is one honoring Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer and whose last lecture reflecting life's lessons became an internet sensation. The 2008 Randy Pausch, PhD - Pancreatic Cancer Action Network - AACR Pilot Grant was awarded to Nabeel Bardeesy, PhD from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

"We are excited to announce the 2008 Research Grant Awards recipients and to honor our dear friend, Dr. Randy Pausch," stated Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "These awards demonstrate the importance we place on expanding research and building a cadre of scientists committed to advancing the detection, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer."

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