We are pleased to announce the new and renewed NPF Centers of Excellence. National Pancreas Foundation Centers of Excellence are at premier healthcare facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreas disease, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and improved quality of life. The program’s catalyst emerged from the patients’ need to find specialists in the field of pancreas disease. 

Pancreatic Cancer Clinical and Academic Center of Excellence 

Moffitt Cancer Center - Tampa, FL   

Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA  

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance - Seattle, WA  

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Boston, MA** 

Pancreatitis Clinical and Academic Center of Excellence  

Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA 

Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Center of Excellence  

Florida Center for Pancreas Disease - Fort Myers, FL  

UC San Diego Health - La Jolla, CA ** 

Hackensack Medical Center/John Theurer Cancer Center - Hackensack, NJ** 

** signifies a renewal  

July 10th is Chronic Disease Awareness Day. 

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The National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  • Through funding of cutting edge research
  • We advocate for new and better therapies
  • Ongoing support and education for patients, caregivers, and health care professionals

"What makes NPF one of the most efficient charities in the United States is that we are able to mobilize volunteers throughout the country to carry out our mission. We are always seeking out volunteers from the patient and medical communities to help with our programs. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to us."  

David Bakelman, Chief Executive Officer

2021 Research Grant Awardees  

Since 1997, the NPF has given over $4 million to fund 127 groundbreaking research projects.  The proposed research must have direct relevance to the diagnosis and/or treatment of pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or other pancreas diseases. Grants are awarded for a period of one year. This year, there were three grants selected.   

Targeting Asparagine Metabolism in Pancreatic Cancer 

Principal Investigator: Christopher Halbrook, Ph.D. 

The Regents of the University of California, Irvine 

Incorporating Endoscopic Ultrasound and Elastography towards improving outcomes of Pediatric Pancreatitis Management 

Principal Investigator: David Vitale, MD 

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 

Reparative responses of ductal progenitor cells in a genetic and inducible injury model for severe acute and chronic pancreatitis. 

Principal Investigator: Janine Quijano, Ph.D. 

City of Hope

Grantee spotlight Janine Quijano, Ph.D. 

"I started working as a Staff Scientist at City of Hope in January of 2020. Prior to my current job, I was a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Ku’s laboratory at City of Hope. As a post-doc, I received a fellowship from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to study the transformation of pancreatic ductal progenitor cells into beta-like cells in vitro. I received my BS from University of California, San Diego and my PhD from Arizona State University.

Outside of work, I keep busy raising two kids with my husband, living near Pasadena, CA. To keep my sanity when my experiments don’t go as planned, I go running in the mornings on the hilly trails around my home. "


Stay Active

The entire world has been couped up due to Covid, and finally, things are beginning to ease.  Since summer is in full swing, people are eager to get out and enjoy the great outdoors!

Exercise is essential for well-being, although pain can sometimes get in the way of staying active or a patient’s regular workout regimen. 
Other possible obstacles include coexisting health conditions, physical limitations, and fatigue.
When roadblocks arise, small but targeted actions can often help get around them.  Be sure to listen to your body.  Awareness of what your body is telling you at that moment is vital.  Acceptance of new limitations, your body may not be able to do things it used to.  Flexibility, have a variety of exercises, including low impact in your arsenal.  Try water aerobics, short walks, chair routines, virtual classes, stretching, or light yoga.  Be patient and kind to yourself through the process. 
NPF Book Recommendations
Books for Children with Pancreatitis
When they need to self-sooth
When they need to self-sooth 
My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing by Nick Ortner
When they feel alone
Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
by  Sonia Sotomayor

When you shop with Amazon year round, please consider the National Pancreas Foundation as your charity of choice and shop through AmazonSmile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. 
When they need encouragement
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische 
When they need a laugh 
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 

PancreasBowl is the National Pancreas Foundation’s signature national fundraiser. Patients, family members, caregivers, and medical professionals across America come together to have fun and raise money to support the National Pancreas Foundation. Fundraising teams collect donations and then celebrate their success by attending a local bowling party. 

Bowling events will be held in cities throughout the United States on weekends between October 16 – November 14, 2021.   

For Additional Information visit our website

or Contact David Bakelman:

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Volunteering for the National Pancreas Foundation in your local community will allow you to interact and network with other individuals, families and the medical community facing or treating pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. You will also have an opportunity to plan educational and fundraising events through your local Chapter. 
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