Help Turn the Tide Against Pancreatic Disease


BIDMC doctors and scientists are searching for biomarkers to detect pancreatic diseases earlier and to improve treatment for future patients. If you have been diagnosed with, or are at risk for, pancreatic disease, you can help.

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Data about you  and the specimens you provide is critical for research projects to develop better tests and treatments for pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and diabetes.

Early diagnosis and treatment is important for people affected by pancreatic diseases. Pancreatitis is the leading cause of hospitalization in the U.S. among people with a disease of their digestive tract, and pancreatic cancer became the 3rd-leading cause of cancer death in 2015.

What is a Biomarker?

Biomarkers are biological substances used to diagnose and treat patients with a disease before standard testing reveals a problem. Biomarkers are associated with diseased tissue and may be found in your blood, urine, or saliva, as well as a diseased pancreas.

Currently, there are no reliable biomarkers for detecting pancreatic diseases.

Samples Needed

  • Blood samples
  • Urine samples
  • Saliva samples

If you require a biopsy or surgery on your pancreas for your standard medical care, we also will store a piece of tissue that is left over after all necessary clinical testing is completed.

Your biological samples and medical information may be used to:

  • Identify genes and biomarkers to improve the detection and treatment of pancreatic disease.
  • Create biological models predicting the outcome of pancreatic disease.
  • Perform studies which have not been invented yet.

We make every effort to draw your blood at the time of other scheduled tests required for your medical care.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the study team at 617-735-2104 or pancbank@bidmc.harvard.edu.

A. James Moser, MD

Co-Director, Pancreas and Liver Institute

Corinne DeCicco

Translational Research Assistant

Tori Singer

Translational Research Assistant