Professor Minoti Apte

Circulating stromal cells (pancreatic stellate cells) and tumour cells in pancreatic cancer


Circulating stromal cells (pancreatic stellate cells) and tumour cells in pancreatic cancer


2015 "Woolies on Wheels" Innovation Grant


The University of New South Wales, Pancreatic Research Group, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

Principal Investigator

Professor Minoti Apte, Professor of Medicine (2008) and Director, Pancreatic Research Group (2001) - University of New South Wales

Time required to complete project

1 year

Project Summary

The spread of cancer from the primary organ to distant sites involves the movement of clusters of cancer cells and stromal cells from the original tumour through the circulation. Dr. Apte aims to characterise these cells so as to identify novel markers that would aid early diagnosis as well as facilitate assessment of treatment response and prognosis.

Professor Minoti Apte, University of NSW

Research Reports
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‘Woolies on Wheels’ Innovation Grants

The Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation's four "Woolies on Wheels" have been made possible by the efforts of the Woolworths business leaders who cycled the 2014 ‘Woolies on Wheels’ charity cycle to raise funds in support of Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. The grants will support $100,000 in seed funding for innovative Pancreatic Cancer projects with a desire to increase interest and investment in pancreatic cancer research.

The objectives of the ‘Woolies on Wheels’ Innovation grants are to:

  • Support established scientists and/or early career researchers to develop preliminary data necessary to support pursuit of additional funding in subsequent years.
  • Encourage and retain talented skilled individuals in the field of pancreatic cancer.

Emphasis will be given to support novel approaches examples of which would include immunotherapy.