Pancreatic Cancer
June 15 - 19, 2020 Virtual Course
Application & Materials Deadline: March 1, 2020


Howard Crawford, University of Michigan
Tony Hollingsworth, University of Nebraska
Marina Pasca di Magliano, University of Michigan


COVID-19: As of April 7, elements of this course were redesigned as a virtual short course. We hope the majority of the invited speakers will be able to participate in Q&A sessions and more during the virtual course. The full hands-on course will be offered again in our Banbury campus on June 2022 (dates to be confirmed). 


See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers - tumors are often diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease and metastasize rapidly. This one-week discussion course will provide a comprehensive overview of clinical and biological aspects of pancreatic cancer with special emphasis on disease diagnosis and management, molecular pathways involved in tumor development and progression, mechanism-based therapeutic strategies, advanced research tools, and ethical concerns. Attendees will be able to interact with senior investigators on a one-to-one basis in an informal environment. Non-faculty students may be eligible for partial stipends, depending on stated need. Applications are invited from medical and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

Topics include:
  • Organ Overview: Anatomy, Physiology
  • Clinical Aspects of Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment
  • Molecular Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer: Gene Signatures, Pre-disposition Syndromes
  • Pathobiology of Pancreatic Cancer: Pathways, Cell of Origin, Tumor Microenvironment
  • Tools and techniques: Mouse Models, Imaging, Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Bioinformatics
  • Therapeutics: Target Identification and Validation, Pre-clinical Studies, Clinical Trial Design
  • Resources: Biobanks, Funding Strategies

A restructured version of the Pancreatic Cancer Workshop will be held starting Monday, June 15 to June 19. The Virtual course includes oral sessions via Zoom, Slack discussion channels & a “Meet the Speakers” social hour.  Each day would compromise of two sessions from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT & 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT 

DayTime (EDTSession #Session Topics 
Monday 10:00 am
1 Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
Gastroenterology and Pancreas Cancer
Gastrointestinal, Pancreatobiliary and Peritoneal Pathology

2:00 pm 2 Radiology: Imaging of the Pancreas
Radiation Oncology for Pancreatic Cancer  
Novel therapies for pancreatic cancer
Tuesday 10:00 am 3 Model Systems: Mice and Organoids 
Plasticity I: Cell Of Origin, Developmental Pathways 

2:00 pm 4 Plasticity II: Subtypes and Metastasis 
RAS Biology and Targeting RAS
Wednesday 10:00 am 5 Inflammation , Immune Cells & Immune Therapy 

2:00 pm 6 The Stroma: Fibroblast, ECM & Nerves 
Thursday 10:00 am 7 Genomics, Epigenetics & Transcriptomics

2:00 pm 8 Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer
Imaging Methods for PDA
Friday 10:00 am 9 Risk Factors 
Metabolism and Autophagy 

2:00 pm 10 Microbiome of pancreatic cancer
Clinical Trials 
Meet the Speakers  4:00 pm 11 Open Discussion
Meet the Speakers 

2020 Faculty Lecturers:

Andrew Aguirre, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Gregory Beatty, University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine
Cosimo Commisso, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Edna Cukierman, Fox Chase Cancer Center / Temple Health
Brian M. Davis, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
David DeNardo, Washington University, St. Louis
Channing J.Der, University of North Carolina
Mikala Egeblad, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dannielle Engle, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Eugene J. Koay, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Costas A. Lyssiotis, University of Michigan
Florencia McAllister, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Oliver McDonald, Vanderbilt
Kenneth P. Olive, Columbia University
Eileen M. O'Reilly, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Rushika Perera, University of California San Francisco
Gloria Petersen, Mayo Clinic
Jonathan Preall, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Andrew D. Rhim, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Nicholas Roberts, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Mara H. Sherman, Oregon Health & Science University
Diane M. Simeone, NYU Langone Medical Center
Aatur D. Singhi, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Ben Stanger, University of Pennsylvania
Julie L. Sutcliffe, University of California Davis
Cullen Taniguchi, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Course support may be provided by:


Scholarship funds are available for partial support of tuition on a merit basis. Please apply in writing when you apply stating the need for financial aid.

Virtual Attendance: $500

Virtual Attendance packages include registration, access to online Zoom-based oral sessions, a dedicated Slack channel and access to the video archive on the Leading Strand for ~six weeks following the Course.

No fees are due until you have been accepted into the course. Students accepted into the course should plan to be fully engaged and attend ~6 hours of virtual talks and discussion per day.

All questions pertaining to participation in the virtual course may be directed to Alicia Franco 

Before applying, ensure you have:
  1. Personal statement/essay;
  2. Letter(s) of recommendation;
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume (optional);
  4. Financial aid request (optional).
    More details.

This button links to a short form which confirms your interest in the course. No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course.