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Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Research

Advancing pancreatic cancer research for early detection and new therapies through partnerships with internationally renowned organizations.

Diagnose earlier. Live longer.

The Henry Pancreatic Cancer Center aims to do just that by bringing together the world’s most innovative minds to accelerate the pace of discovery for early detection and new therapies — all with the goal of reducing the pancreatic cancer mortality (death) rate and, ultimately, offering hope to more patients.

Right now, pancreatic cancer has a five-year survival rate of roughly 9 percent. With no effective screening currently available to detect pancreatic cancer early, most patients are not diagnosed until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage.

Never has there been a greater opportunity for our research team and international partners to work together to ‘raise the floor’ for pancreatic cancer research.

Funding from an initial $20 million gift, followed by another $16 million gift, totaling $36 million from an anonymous individual donor — marking one of the largest gifts in the country to a pancreatic cancer center — will bolster the Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center’s clinical and translational research endeavors in the fight against this devastating disease.

Our team, led by clinical director David Kwon, M.D., and scientific director Howard Crawford, Ph.D., is working with internationally renowned partners to uncover the early warning signs and biomarkers for pancreatic cancer for earlier diagnosis and improved treatment.

Our Vision

Bring together the best minds in the world to detect pancreatic cancer earlier and help patients live longer.

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The power of the Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center

We’re bringing together clinical care and research efforts into one integrated team, creating an ideal setting for translational research.

Graphic showing phenomics, metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, and genomics being integrated in the global consortium


Graphic showing four key areas of focus. 1. Big Data - Utilize medical records to find patterns in pancreatic cancer development and outcomes. 2. Biomarkers - Employ the most innovative technologies and machine learning to understand disease. 3. Patient - Utilize patient samples to quickly translate discoveries into cancer screening and monitoring. 4. Therapy - Develop patient-specific therapy models to inform novel biomarkers for additional detection modalities.

As leaders of the consortium, Henry Ford will leverage its clinical and organizational resources to strengthen its research and partnerships, including:

  • Henry Ford Innovation Institute, which has cultivated an extensive global network, including relationships with healthcare leaders, entrepreneurs and investors in Saudi Arabia, India, and, Israel.
  • Henry Ford Cancer Institute’s Precision Medicine Program, the first and most comprehensive in Michigan to offer genomic testing and expertise of a molecular tumor board to all cancer patients.
  • Henry Ford Health System’s participation in All of Us, a National Institutes of Health Precision Medicine research program.
  • Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Public Health Sciences, which conducts and promotes population and clinical research studies to advance biomedical knowledge that will result in disease prevention and overall improved health status.

Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine works to find targeted treatments custom-fit for each person’s unique type of cancer. Discover the advances Henry Ford is bringing to all patients.

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All of Us Research Program

Henry Ford is among a few select health systems in the nation to participate in this program. We’re calling on one million people across America to help us advance how we prevent and treat diseases for generations to come.

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