The¬†Lustgarten Foundation¬†announced¬†today¬†that it¬†funded¬†$22 million¬†in¬†2017 as part of its commitment to invest $40 million¬†by the end of 2018. ¬†In addition to¬†funding¬†the most accomplished scientists in pancreatic cancer research, the foundation is attracting new researchers to the field.
Understanding the basic biology of pancreatic cancer enables the Foundation to get to¬†the very core of the disease. Every aspect, from a cancer cell’s genes to the tumor’s environment, is under investigation. Lustgarten funded researchers are exploring the molecules that make up a cancer cell, how and why it transitions from normal to abnormal¬†and why tumors react differently to various treatments.¬† From basic science to the clinic, Lustgarten Foundation funded researchers are investigating ways to detect the disease earlier, personalize treatments and develop better therapies.