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

"Through the work of the NPF, it is our hope that we can one day alleviate or minimize the impact of pancreas disease." 

David Bakelman, Chief Executive Officer

"I am looking forward to performing at the National Pancreas Foundation Virtual Gala on January 30th.  NPF plays a critical role in funding patient programs and cutting-edge research in fighting pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. I hope you will join us!" 

Grammy Award Winner, Peter Frampton 


Legacy Award

“I am truly honored to receive this award. It will be particularly special for me to be honored with Bill Go, who has contributed so much to the field of pancreatology, and with Jane Holt and Patter Birsic, who co-founded the NPF and have guided its growth for more than 20 years. From initially two Chapters, the NPF has grown to thirty Chapters throughout the country. The NPF programs promote research, sponsor education for patients and physicians, provide support for patients and caregivers, and engage in national policy are outstanding. This is an amazing organization.” 

Read more about Dr. Banks...  Click here 

2021 Virtual Education Series Kick-Off 

Thursday, January 21, 2021 , 7:00 P.M. (EDT) 

January Topic : Ensuring a Healthy Pancreas: Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle 

• Pancreas Insufficiency: Making the Diagnosis and Managing the Symptoms 

• Diet and the Pancreas: Separating Fad from Fact 

• Smoking and Alcohol in Pancreas Disease: Is There a Safe Amount?  

• Does Exercise Make a Difference?  

Featured Speakers 

• Rajesh Keswani, MD - Northwestern Medicine 

• Ajaypal Singh, MD - Rush University 

• Cemal Yazici, MD - University of Illinois - Chicago 

• Sajan Nagpal, MD - University of Chicago 

• Nikhil Shastri, MD - Loyola University 

Click here to view the flier.


NPF Research Grant Program 

The National Pancreas Foundation supports the funding of research related to pancreatic diseases. Grant research proposals should directly address questions in basic, experimental, or translational pancreas disease research, including, but not limited to acute, chronic, & pediatric pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts, pancreatic insufficiency, and pancreatic cancer, including early detection and treatment of these disorders.

The application is due no later than January 31, 2021. 


National Pancreas Foundation Awards

The following two awards were presented at the APA 2020 Virtual Meeting for Best Abstracts in Basic and Clinical Pancreatitis Research. 

Intestinal Permeability and Bacterial Translocation Increase via Unsaturated Triglyceride Lipolysis During Severe Acute Pancreatitis 

Biswajit Khatua PhD , Mayo Clinic 

Development and Validation of a Multivariable Prediction Model Based on Blood Plasma and Serum Metabolomics for the Diagnosis of Chronic Pancreatitis 

Georg Beyer MD, LMU Klinikum 

The American Pancreatic Association is a membership organization for physicians and researchers interested in diseases of the exocrine pancreas. Their mission is to foster clinical and basic science research needed to cure diseases of the pancreas. 
Join us as we strive to continue advancing the field of research, while training the next generation of researchers devoted to finding a cure for these deadly diseases. 

Click here for more information.

NPF Centers Re-Launch 

On January 4, 2021, the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) Centers of Excellence Program will be open to receive applications. NPF Centers of Excellence are premier health facilities that use a multidisciplinary approach to pancreas disease. The program's catalyst emerged from the patients’ need to find specialists in the field of pancreas disease.

"We receive calls and emails every week from patients who need to find a physician that specializes in pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer," said Jane Holt, co-founder.

"Not only do we guide them to a specialist that can help with diagnosis, but NPF Centers of Excellence can help with pain management, nutrition information, surgery, and psychosocial support. Our objective is to have the best patient outcomes, which means treating the 'whole patient.'"  
Guided by an NPF Centers of Excellence Task Force, which included physicians, surgeons, and patient advocates, the program has included two changes. First, the program will be two-tiered. Institutions can now apply to be a Clinical Center of Excellence or a Clinical Center and an Academic Center of Excellence.

"Five years ago, when the program was created, we wanted to guide our patients to the best pancreas disease institutions," said Dr. Chris Forsmark, chair of the program.

"We have done this and are taking it one step further to distinguish our centers depending on patient needs."

A second change is that now hospitals can apply to be a pediatric pancreatitis NPF Center of Excellence as treatments for pancreatitis in adults and children are different.  
"We are thrilled to expand our NPF Centers of Excellence Program to better serve the needs of patients suffering from pancreas disease," said CEO David Bakelman.

"The NPF Centers of Excellence Program is one of the pillars of NPF, and we are looking forward to working with our current and new Centers." 


Remembering Rob – Ruth’s Story 

My name is Ruth Ericson. I am Rob Ericsons’ Mom.  Rob was 45-years-old when he was diagnosed with pancreatitis within hours of entering the hospital in December 2012. He experienced severe stomach pain for about a week before he called an ambulance for himself to take him to the hospital. I learned from his co-workers that he would go outside to vomit almost every day for a week. I did not know what pancreatitis was and I don’t think he did either. 

Click here to read more. 

Dr. Andersen’s Blog
A Normal-appearing Pancreas Spawns a Cancer Within Three Years  

A 40-year-old wife and mother, whom I’ll call Nancy, complained of dizziness an hour or so after eating. Her family physician documented low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, but her fasting insulin levels were normal, as was a CT scan of her pancreas. Her symptoms continued without a diagnosis... Click here to read more. 

CURE spoke with representatives of the National Pancreas Foundation on the basics of pancreatic cancer - from early screening to genomic and non-genomic risk factors.  In this episode, Diane Simeone, MD from NYU Langone Health, discusses the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer. 
The National Pancreas Foundation provides resources to patients and doctors that are leading the research in the fields of pancreatic disease and pancreatic cancer. 

The best way to learn and understand pancreatic diseases is to follow our ANIMATED PANCREAS PATIENT


Cookbook and Pocket Guides 

The NPF revamped and produced a new printed cookbook, an e-flip cookbook version, and created a printed patient-centered wellness pocket guide. 

The cookbook includes healthy, tasty, and low-fat recipes for pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and pediatric pancreatitis patients and their families. It also includes an “About the Pancreas” section. The pocket guide includes tips, things to consider, and information for diet and wellness for both pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer patients. Click here for pocket guide.

Made possible by a comprehensive nutrition program grant provided by Abbvie. 

NPF Cookbook online ordering coming soon.

Click here for more details
(Due to COVID-19 precautions, in-person support groups are put on hold. Please click on the Chapter links for updates) 

Central Pennsylvania Chapter  | Camp Hill, PA | (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month) 
Michigan Chapter | Ann Arbor, MI | (3rd Saturday of every month) 
Indiana Chapter  | Click here for updated dates 
Minnesota Chapter  | Click here for updated dates 
Louisiana Chapter  | Click here  for updated dates 
Inspire Online Pancreatitis Support Group 

For more information please contact Trish O'Neill, National Director of Chapter Development at:
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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