Pancreatic Cancer
June 15 - 21, 2020
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: We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it evolves, following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants and staff. Advisory

As of March 3rd, CSHL has postponed or canceled all upcoming scientific conferences and courses bringing participants to campus through April 5th, and we are evaluating future events on a rolling basis. 

Participants from CDC Warning Level 3 countries are being advised to cancel their participation unless they can demonstrate having departed the area at least two weeks prior to their visit to CSHL. 

We anticipate making a decision about this course and communicating to all participants LATEST by April 15, 2020.

Travel Plans: If you have not already made travel arrangements, we would recommend holding off on that until after our decision is announced. 

Travel Insurance Tip: CSHL recommends that all participants look into the possibility of extended travel insurance with your travel insurance carrier, for example, Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance (CFAR). 


Teaching Assistants :

to be announced

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
2019 Faculty Lecturers included:

Andrew Aguirre, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Mahmoud Al-Hawary, University of Michigan
Dafna Bar-Sagi, NYU Langone Medical Center
Gregory Beatty, University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine
Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate, the Ohio State University
Edna Cukierman, Fox Chase Cancer Center / Temple Health
David ‘DeNardo, Washington University
Channing J Der, University of North Carolina
Douglas T. Fearon, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Joseph Herman, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Kimberly Kelly, University of Virginia
Costas A Lyssiotis, University of Michigan
Anirban Maitra, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Oliver McDonald, Vanderbilt University
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
Andrew D Rhim, University of Pennsylvania
Anil K Rustgi, Columbia University
Mara H Sherman, Oregon Health & Science University
Ben Stanger, University of Pennsylvania
David Tuveson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Henry VanBrocklin, University of California San Francisco
Wasif Saif, Northwell Health
Diane M Simeone, NYU Langone Medical Center
Laura D Wood, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

The course will be held at the Laboratory's Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island. All participants stay within walking distance of the Center.

Course support provided by:


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

Cost (including board and lodging): $2,850

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.

Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive on the evening of Sunday June 14, and depart after lunch on Sunday June 21.