Small charities bring opportunities to neglected fields of research

Twenty years ago, Nick Lemoine was the only researcher in the UK dedicated to pancreatic cancer. “I’m pretty sure Walter Bodmer, the head of the Imperial Cancer Reseach Fund, thought I was working on prostate cancer, because it started with a ‘P’,” he says. “I didn’t disabuse him of that, it was just easier that way.”

But over the past few years the situation has begun to change dramatically thanks in no small way to the efforts of small but pioneering research charity the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund founded in 2004 by Maggie Blanks. Read more in Research Fortnight.