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Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources, and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families.
Established by Agi Hirshberg, whose husband Ronald died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54, the Foundation began by funding two projects at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Ronald S. Hirshberg Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory and the Ronald S. Hirshberg Chair in Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research were funded with a commitment to support the research programs until the National Institute of Health grant recognition became available.
To date, the Foundation has:
Funded Seed Grant Award Recipients who have received $60 million in NIH grants
Raised more than $14 million for pancreatic cancer research and education
Granted over $1 million dollars in financial aid for patients
Provided assistance to thousands of patients and their families
Initial funding to UCLA allowed Seed Grant Program to extend to 24 Medical Research Institutions domestic and international.
Supported the American Pancreatic Association (APA), Japan Pancreas Society, and the European Pancreatic Club's Annual Meetings
Presented the Agi Hirshberg Symposium at UCLA, focusing on research progress and patient and family education
Funded the creation of the Tissue Data Bank at UCLA
Awarded international grants to new investigators
Fund medical symposiums for pancreatic cancer research
Fund seed grants for new research projects of merit for pancreatic cancer