Administrative Core

Directors: William Hawkins, MD, FACS, and David DeNardo, PhD

Our Pancreas SPORE brings together a diverse group of talented investigators committed to understanding and treating pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. The goal of the Administrative Core is to provide executive oversight and administrative support for all of the Pancreatic Cancer SPORE projects and cores. The Administrative Core facilitates communication among the component activities of the SPORE, serves as the home for pancreatic cancer advocate activities, and provides an organizational portal for collaborations outside the SPORE. The Administrative Core also monitors the activities of all program components, ensures compliance with local and federal grant administration guidelines, and facilitates communication and collaboration among program members. 

The specific goals of the Adminstrative Core are outlined below:

  • Facilitate intra- and inter-SPORE communication and collaboration including development and maintenance of this website to provide real-time progress updates and contact information. In addition, the core plans and executes bi-monthly working group meetings, monthly Steering Committee meetings, and an annual retreat to facilitate the exchange of ideas and the use of shared resources.
  • Provide administrative and fiscal oversight and support for all SPORE components. The Administrative Core interacts with Washington University's Grants and Contracts Office and the National Cancer Institute staff to prepare and submit annual progress reports and complete other projects as needed. 
  • Coordinates all SPORE-related meetings. The Administrative Core coordinates the External Advisory Board and Internal Advisory Board meetings, attendance at the annual SPORE workshop, and monthly SPORE Steering Committee meetings.
  • Coordinates SPORE Developmental Research Program administrative activities through soliciting and coordinating the review of pilot project applications.
  • Coordinates the SPORE Career Enhancement Program. The Administrative Core assists with recruiting and monitoring candidates and awardees in this program.
  • Assists investigators with preparing scholarly presentations, publications, regulatory documents and all other SPORE-related products.
  • Enhances participation of underrepresented minorities in all SPORE activities.
  • Ensures that advocacy issues are properly addressed and included in all aspects of research with patient participants. 

The Administrative Core is a shared resource within the pancreas SPORE and will provide the necessary administrative support for the translational projects and cores.