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SU2C–Lustgarten Foundation
Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team:
Transforming Pancreatic Cancer to Treatable Disease

Grant Term: July 2014–June 2019

The SU2C–Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team is focused on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), one of the deadliest types of cancer. This team is working to understand the barriers to treatment that this type of cancer presents, in order to develop new therapies that will effectively treat it.

ABOUT THIS TEAM’S RESEARCH

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is resistant to most forms of therapy and is one of the deadliest types of cancer. Studies in mice and humans have shown that the environment surrounding a PDA tumor, called the microenvironment, has unique characteristics that are thought to limit the efficacy of treatment.

The SU2C–Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team uses a “convergence” approach, in which leading individuals in different scientific fields work together toward understanding and treating PDA.

The Dream Team has been conducting numerous clinical trials using combinations of drugs and is gaining insight as to which molecules can be measured as indicators, or biomarkers, of tumor microenvironment reprogramming. The team’s trials are focusing on new ways to reverse immune suppression in the tumor, either in combination with a vaccine that activates anticancer immune cells called T cells, or in combination with chemotherapy. These trials are also contributing to the establishment of a national PDA biobank for identification of immune biomarkers.

This Dream Team is also part of the Pancreatic Cancer Collective portfolio of research.

MEET THE TEAM

The top scientists and researchers on the SU2C–Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, which leads them to great insights upon collaboration. Learn more about the SU2C–Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team.

Team Members

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Team Leader

Robert H. Vonderheide, MD, DPhil
Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Co-leader

Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD
New York University Langone Medical Center
Principal Investigator

Lisa M. Coussens, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Principal Investigator

Douglas T. Fearon, MD
University of Cambridge, UK
Principal Investigator

Steven D. Leach, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Principal Investigator

David C. Linehan, MD
Washington University in St. Louis
Principal Investigator

Margaret A. Tempero, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator

Irving L. Weissman, MD
Stanford University
Principal Investigator

Betty Booher
Oregon Health & Science University
Advocate

Stuart Rickerson
University of California, San Francisco
Advocate

Andy Friesner
Johns Hopkins University
Project Manager

Stephanie Porter
Johns Hopkins University
Project Manager

“We intend to convert the immune-suppressive environment of the tumor into one that fosters rejection of the tumor by the immune system.”

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD
Johns Hopkins University

TEAM PROGRESS UPDATES

Stand Up To Cancer’s research projects are designed to foster collaborative, swift translational research. The hallmarks of these efforts include rigorous application and selection procedures, sufficient funding to allow scientists to focus on the objectives of the grant, and reviews by senior scientists every six months. These reviews help the investigators capitalize on the latest findings, address potential roadblocks, and collaboratively evolve as the science requires. Please click below to see summaries of research results so far for the SU2C–Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team.

TEAM PROGRESS UPDATES

PUBLICATIONS

Temporally Distinct PD-L1 Expression by Tumor and Host Cells Contributes to Immune Escape
Noguchi T, Ward JP, Gubin MM, et al. (2017)
Cancer Immunology Research 5:1-12.

CLINICAL TRIALS REFERRALS

Cancer clinical trials allow researchers to study innovative and potentially life-saving new treatments. The goal is to find treatments that are better than what’s currently available; in fact, the therapies offered to today’s cancer patients were almost all studied and made possible by people participating in clinical trials. But many cancer clinical trials aren’t completed because not enough people take part.

At StandUpToCancer.org/ClinicalTrials, you’ll find information and answers to common questions about clinical trials. Learn more and talk to your doctor to see if a clinical trial may be the best choice for you.

You can also connect with EmergingMed, a free and confidential clinical trial matching service that provides access to a vast database to help you identify the clinical trials that might be right for you or your loved one.

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