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17 July 2024

PANCAID Masterclass

📺 The first PANCAID masterclass is now live! Deepen your understanding of the pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) by exploring its genetic road in the lecture “molecular pathophysiology of PDAC” by Francisco X. “Paco” Real.

What are the key mutations and signalling pathways implicated in tumor initiation and progression? The lecture answers these questions and discusses to PDAC subtypes and implications for early diagnosis. The masterclass rounds off by highlighting the importance and capabilities of using genetic mouse models.

Francisco X. Real, MD, PhD, Senior Group Leader at CNIO – Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, and Professor of Cell Biology at Universtiat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, provided this lecture to PANCAID early career researchers during our 2nd General Assembly earlier this year.

14 June 2024

PANCAID participates in second Annual Meeting of the EU Mission Cancer Cluster “Prevention and early detection (Screening)”

The second cluster meeting was organised an hosted by cluster member ONCOSCREEN in Rhodes, Greece and remote, where our coordinators Klaus Pantel and Matthias Löhr gave a presentation on PANCAID’s progress.

15 January 2024

PANCAID: Second General Assembly Meeting

PANCAID’s second General Assembly Meeting took place at our partner CNIO from 17 to 19 January 2024. During the first half day, the consortium first witnessed a masterclass given by esteemed Francisco X. Real, MD, PhD, Senior Group Leader at CNIO and current chair of the CNIO Scientific Committee on “the topic of “Molecular pathophysiology of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC)”. After this stellar lecture, PANCAID’s Early Career Scientists (ECS) each presented themselves as well as their work.

On the second day, after a warm welcome by the project coordinator Klaus Pantel, co-coordinator Matthias Löhr as well as CNIO members Núria Malats and Héctor Peinado, the meeting commenced with updates on the diverse work packages, plenum discussions and presentation of our Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board (SEAB) members.

The last day kicked off with a keynote lecture by Ellen Heitzer from our partner MUG on “Liquid biopsy in PDAC – Current status & implications for PANCAID”, followed by updates on the remaining work packages. The meeting was rounded off with valuable feedback from the SEABs and a final discussion led by the coordinators.


PANCAID is an international research consortium aiming to develop a minimally invasive blood test using liquid biopsy to detect pancreatic cancer to facilitate early detection of the cancer and its precursors. With 16 partners + 1 associated partner from eight countries, the project has received funding for five years to potentially revolutionize current pancreatic cancer diagnosis methods and improve patient outcomes.

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Our vision

PANCAID strives to provide a minimally invasive blood test using a comprehensive panel of liquid biopsy diagnostics (LBx) for early detection of pancreatic cancer and its precursor lesions.

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Why it matters

Pancreatic cancer is a malignant neoplasm that originates in the cells of the pancreas, an organ located in the abdominal cavity behind the stomach. It is known to be one of the most aggressive and deadly types of cancer, with a high mortality rate. Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to detect in its early stages, as it tends to show minimal or no symptoms until it reaches advanced stages. This makes it challenging to diagnose and treat, and contributes to its poor prognosis.

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