Pancreatic Cancer Detection Consortium (PCDC)

A 3-dimensional image of a human torso highlighting the pancreas.The Pancreatic Cancer Detection Consortium (PCDC) develops and tests new molecular and imaging biomarkers to detect early stage pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and its precursor lesions.  These biomarkers would be used to identify individuals who are at high risk of developing PDAC and are candidates for early intervention.

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  • Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center/Translational Genomics Research Institute
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mayo Clinic/University of Pennsylvania
  • Stanford University
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center

More about the Teams

PCDC Resources and Collaborative Opportunities

  • Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer (CPDPC)
  • Alliance of Pancreatic Cancer Consortia for Biomarkers for Early Detection

Read more about PCDC Resources and Collaborative Opportunities


  • Structure
  • Steering Committee
  • Consortium Coordinator
  • NCI Program Staff

Learn about Administration

Funding Opportunities

NCI-sponsored Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) related to PCDC include:

  • Pancreatic Cancer Detection Consortium: Research Units (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) – expires June 12, 2024
  • Pancreatic Cancer Detection Consortium: Management and Data Coordination Unit (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – expires June 12, 2024

PCDC EDRN-APaCC Joint (Virtual) Meeting Registration Now Open

The National Cancer Institute’s Pancreatic Cancer Detection Consortium (PCDC) and Early Detection Research Network – Alliance of Pancreatic Cancer Consortia for Early Detection (EDRN-APaCC) Joint Meeting (Virtual) took place on December 13, 2021 from 10:30a.m.-5:30p.m. ET.

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