Vay Liang & Frisca Go Award for Lifetime Achievement 2019

SURESH CHARI, MD

Dr. Chari is currently Professor of Medicine and Consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic Rochester. He trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in India. He then did the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Mannheim, Germany. He moved to the United States in 1993 where he completed a residency (Univ. of AZ) and Fellowship in Gastroenterology (Mayo Clinic) before joining as faculty at Mayo Clinic Rochester in 1999. He has been the Director of Pancreas Clinic at Mayo Clinic Rochester. He has been Councilor and past President of the American Pancreatic Association as well as Councilor and past President of the International Association of Pancreatology.

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TOORU SHIMOSEGAWA, MD, PhD

Dr. Tooru Shimosegawa is a professor emeritus of Tohoku University, and is currently working as the Executive Director at the South Miyagi Medical Center, located in Japan. In 19 years as a professor, he supervised 189 graduate students in doctoral course, and published 618 original articles and 62 reviews. He received his degree from Tohoku University in 1979, followed by a residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Komagome Hospital and a senior residency within their department of gastroenterology. He was deeply interested in the pancreas, commonly referred to as the unknown and mysterious organ, and decided to specialize in pancreatology aiming to advance early detection efforts in pancreatic cancer by ERCP; an emerging modality at that time.

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Past Recipients

  • 2018: MARTIN L FREEMAN, MD, FACG, FASGE
  • 2017: RODGER A. LIDDLE, MD
  • 2016: CHRIS E. FORSMARK, MD
  • 2015: STEPHEN PANDOL, MD
  • 2014: WILLIAM CHEY, MD AND ASHOK SALUJA, PHD
  • 2013: MICHAEL STEER, MD AND MASAO TANAKA, MD, PHD
  • 2012: HORST F. KERN, MD AND MURRAY KORC, MD
  • 2011: ANDREW L. WARSHAW, MD
  • 2010: PETER A. BANKS, MD

Distinguished Service Award

BARBARA KENNER, PhD
Founder, Kenner Family Research Fund

Dr. Barbara Kenner established the Kenner Family Research Fund (KFRF) in memory of her husband Peter,
who died just two months following his diagnosis of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. The mission of
KFRF is to further advance early detection of pancreatic cancer by actively promoting inter-professional
strategic collaboration among researchers, government, industry, and patient advocacy groups.

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Jean Alfred Morosset, PhD
Professor, Universite de Sherbrook

Dr. Morisset was born in Baie-Comeau Quebec, Canada on November 7th 1940. As a child, he moved to
Rimouski across the St Laurence river where he grew up and got his Bachelor in arts in 1961.He then
received his BSc(1965) and PhD(1968) degrees in biology from the Université de Sherbrooke in
Sherbrooke, Quebec. His research mentor at Sherbrooke was Dr. Jacques Dunnigan, professor of biology,
who got him interested in pancreatic physiology. After his PhD, he also worked as a post-doctoral fellow
to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga, under the supervision of Dr. Paul D. Webster from 1968
– 1970. In fact, he was Dr. Webster’s first postdoctoral fellow. In 1970, he returned to his alma mater as a
Professor of Biology until 1995, and subsequently earned an appointment as an investigator and associate
professor for the medical school in the department of gastroenterology. He remains with the Université de
Sherbrooke where he is an Associate Professor and continues to be an invaluable asset to the field of
pancreatology.

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Past Recipients

  • 2018: DANA K. ANDERSEN, PHD
  • 2017: JULIE FLESHMAN, JD, MBA
  • 2016: SUDHIR SRIVASTAVA, PHD, MPH, MS
  • 2015: MUSHTAQ KHAN, DVM, PHD
  • 2015: JOSE SERRANO, MD, PHD
  • 2014: STEPHEN P. JAMES, MD
  • 2013: AGI HIRSHBERG
  • 2012: EDWARD D. PURICH, PHD

Hirshberg Award

Each year, the Hirshberg Foundation gives an award to the best abstracts in pancreatic cancer presented at the Annual Meeting. In 2019, the awards went to:

BEST CLINICAL SCIENCE ABSTRACT
TALIA GOLAN – SHEBA MEDICAL CENTER AT TEL-HASHOMER, TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Olaparib as Maintenance Treatment Following First-line Platinum-based Chemotherapy (PBC) in Patients with a Gremlin BRCA Mutation and Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer (mPC): Phase III POLO trial 

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BEST BASIC/EXPERIMENTAL ABSTRACT
DANIEL HEID – DANA FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE

Tumor-specific T Cells Reprogram Mononuclear Phagocytes for Destruction of Checkpoint Blockade Resistant Pancreatic Cancer

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NPF Award

Each year, the National Pancreas Foundation gives an award to the best basic science and clinical abstracts in pancreatitis. In 2019, the awards went to:

GEORG BEYER – LMU MUNICH

Chronic Pancreatitis Prognosis Score (COPPS): Preliminary Results from a Prospective Multicenter, International Validation Study

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SOHAIL HUSAIN – STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Asparaginase- Associated Pancreatic Injury is Related to Pancreatic Levels of the Endogenous Counteracting Enzyme Asparagine Synthetase and Intra-Pancreatic Nutrient Stress

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Kenner Award for Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer 2019

OLAYA BREWER GUTIERREZ – JOHNS HOPKINS

Surgical Outcomes After Pancreatic Resection of Screening-detected Lesions in Individuals at High-risk for Developing Pancreatic Cancer

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JULIE B. SNEDDON – UCSF

A Single-cell Atlas of the Developing Human Pancreas

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