Conference Resources

2015 Meeting of North American Pancreatic Cancer Organizations

Planned by Kenner Family Research Fund and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network


A meeting of North American Pancreatic Cancer Organizations planned by Kenner Family Research Fund and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was held on July 15 and 16, 2015 in New York City. The meeting was attended by 32 individuals from 20 nonprofit groups from the United States and Canada. The objectives of this inaugural convening were to share mission goals and initiatives, engage as leaders, cultivate potential partnerships, and increase participation in World Pancreatic Cancer Day (WPCD).

The program was designed to provide opportunities for informal conversations, as well as facilitated discussions to meet the stated objectives. At the conclusion of the meeting, the group agreed that enhancing collaboration and communication will result in a more unified approach within the field and will benefit individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As a first step, the group will actively collaborate to participate in WPCD, which is planned for November 13, 2015, and seeks to raise the level of visibility about the disease globally (Pancreas 2015: 44(8) In Press).