SPORE in Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreas SPORE Director: William Hawkins, MD, FACS

 

Five-year cancer sitePancreas cancer is the most deadly of the top five causes of cancer death. The Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) are the cornerstone of the National Cancer Institute’s effort to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary translational cancer research. Each SPORE is focused on a specific organ site and is designed to enable the rapid and efficient movement of basic scientific findings into clinical settings as well as to determine the biological basis for observations made in individuals with cancer.

The Washington University SPORE in Pancreas Cancer is one of only four SPOREs in the nation. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Washington University's Pancreas SPORE is designed to address the deadliest form of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), by collaborating with multiple departments, programs and other institutions in interdisciplinary translational research. The Pancreas SPORE investigators have expertise in basic and clinical sciences, and individual expertise in immunology, drug development, genomics and imaging to develop novel therapeutic approaches to PDAC. 

The Pancreas SPORE includes four research programs, an administrative core and two shared-resource cores, and research opportunities for collaboration including developmental research and career enhancement programs. Clinical trials are an important and active part of the Pancreas SPORE.

The long-term goal of the Pancreas SPORE is to improve PDAC patient survival. To achieve this goal, our SPORE will collaborate both within Washington University and with external institutions. Our investigators expect no singular approach to solve PDAC and fully commit to supporting young investigators and evaluating new ideas. Our SPORE will provide access to pancreas cancer-specific resources to further this goal.