December 5, 2016

Abramson Cancer Center enters into a partnership with Tempus Corporation to support tumor sequencing efforts; read more about it here.


Dr. Ben Stanger 2016 Scientific Research Award photoNovember 2, 2016

Dr. Ben Stanger, Scientific Director of the PCRC, received the 2016 Scientific Research Award from the Philadelphia area American Cancer Society on November 2, 2016 for his ground-breaking work toward understanding the mechanism of metastasis in pancreatic cancer.


October 19, 2016

Penn PCRC is a proud founder member of the "Precision Promise" clinical trial initiative from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Read more here.


October 10, 2016

In a recent paper from the Stanger Lab published in the journal Nature Communications, Aiello et al. used lineage tracing to define the natural history of metastasis in pancreatic cancer and assess the effects of chemotherapy on secondary tumors. The authors found that the metastatic microenvironment gradually accumulates with growth until it closely resembles that of the primary tumor. In contrast to the primary tumor microenvironment however, the metastatic stroma does not protect lesions from the effects of chemotherapy. Only single disseminated cells are able to resist treatment, and in so doing they acquire epithelial features.


September 26, 2016

Dr. Jeffrey A. Drebin, Chair of Penn’s Surgery Department and PCRC member, is part of a new Dream Team of Physicians and Scientists supported by Stand up to Cancer to find novel strategies to fight pancreatic cancer. Read more about Dr. Jeffery A. Drebin here.

May 5, 2016

Dr. Ben Z. Stanger, PCRC’s Scientific Director, has been elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP), an honorific society for physician-scientists, in recognition of his numerous achievements and long-standing impact on the areas of GI development and malignancies.


January 15, 2016

Dr. Robert Vonderheide met with Vice President Joe Biden during his visit to the University of Pennsylvania to launch President Barack Obama's initiative to fight cancer. See the news broadcast here.

ohara race photoDr. Mark O'Hara participates with the medal-winning Love For Life dragon boat crew (photo right). A Love For Life is dedicated to raising funds for pancreatic cancer research. It is raced in celebration of Kevin Edmonds, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was only 51 years old. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to Penn Medicine to help find a cure.