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2014 Global Summit on Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer

Presented by Kenner Family Research Fund and the American Pancreatic Association


Leading experts representing various research specialties, clinical practice arenas, and scientific fields convened for the Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer Summit Conference November 4 and 5, 2014, in Hawaii. This intensive forum designed to create a strategic pathway to improve early detection of pancreatic cancer occurred prior to the Joint Meeting of the American Pancreatic Association (APA) and Japan Pancreas Society (JPS).

The summit innovation processes were constructed upon pre-summit expert partnerships of four distinct collaborative groups representing: Case for Early Detection: Definitions, Detection, Challenges, and Survival; Biomarkers for Early Detection; Imaging; and Collaborative Studies. These four interdisciplinary groups prepared a pre-summit analysis of each field to provide a foundation upon which to chart the new direction. A strategic innovation map was formulated as a result of this seminal summit.

Summit outcomes were presented during a special symposium, Innovations in Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer at the general APA/JPS annual meeting. Critical elements of the pre-summit paper, summit proceedings, and strategic innovation map were subsequently published in a white paper and disseminated across scientific disciplines to lead development of a consensus protocol for early detection of pancreatic cancer.

“Experts from around the world are bringing forth new ideas to meet the urgent need of early detection. The interdisciplinary collaborative approach that KFRF is leading has created heightened awareness and investment in the field.” - Bruce Field
Bruce Field is an engineer credited with more than 54 issued U.S. Patents, and 41 International Patents, with many still pending. Until his recent retirement, he was Executive Principal Engineer for a large industrial company whereby his multi-disciplinary skills were utilized, creating new products and enhancements to benefit the environment. He has been honored with many engineering and environmental awards throughout the years, including the R&D 100, Seven Wonders of Engineering awards, and Minnesota’s top 100 inventors in the area of Material Science and Chemistry.