2021 CAPER Emerging Leaders Conference- NEW!

July 21, 2021

Pittsburgh, PA


The Collaborative Alliance for Pancreatic Education and Research (CAPER) is proud to announce the first ever CAPER Emerging Leaders Conference.

  The July 21, 2021 CAPER Emerging Leaders Conference will be offered as a live* conference in Pittsburgh, PA, featuring state of the art lectures, case discussions and interactive breakouts lead by internationally renowned pancreatologists.  

This conference will offer future leaders the opportunity to engage in a clinically focused course designed to improve knowledge, competence and performance in the care of patients with pancreatic disorders


Please mark your calendar to attend this exciting program!  For questions or inquiries, please contact CAPER at


Greg Cote, MD
2021 CAPER President

* Subject to COVID 19 restrictions

Registration Fees

Free of charge.


Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physician trainees and advanced practice providers involved in the care of patients with pancreatic diseases.


Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current guidelines for the diagnosis and management of pancreatic diseases and disorders.

  • Employ an evidence-based approach to the management of pancreatic diseases and disorders.

  • Identify new advances in pancreatic diseases and disorders and assess their potential impact on clinical practice

Proposed Agenda

July 21, 2021​

Pittsburgh, PA

8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast with the experts Networking Event

10:00am – 12:00pm Large Group Session  

Topics (3 topics will be chosen - 40 minutes each)

  • Finding the right mentor: the mentor/mentee relationship (40 minutes)

  • Taking that first job: Tips, Pearls, and Pitfalls (40 minutes)

  • How to successfully obtain funding for research (40 minutes)

  • How to collaborate effectively in multicenter research

  • Building a Multidisciplinary Team (medical pancreatologists, therapeutic endoscopists, surgeons, radiologists, interventional radiologists, endocrinologists, pain specialists, nutritionists)


12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Networking


1:00pm – 3:00pm Small Group Sessions

Session 1 (1 hour): Clinical Cases - Rotate in small groups to each case

Topics (choose 3-4 - 15-20 minutes each)

  • The Early Chronic Calcific Pancreatitis Patient - discussion of endoscopy, surgery, diabetes management, pain management, PERT management

  • The New Onset Diabetes Patient in a patient with a long smoking history - discussion of patients who may have pancreatic cancer

  • The Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis Patient - discussion of finding the etiology of a patient in acute recurrent pancreatitis without an obvious cause

  • The Hereditary Pancreatitis Pediatric Patient - Discussion about management, particularly regarding genetic testing, endoscopy, and TPIAT

  • The 2.9 cm main-duct IPMN Patient - Discussion about pancreatic cyst management including work-up, surveillance, and consideration of surgery


Session 2 (1 hour): Round Table Discussion regarding research ideas and collaboration

Research Topics

  • Chronic Pancreatitis

  • Acute Pancreatitis

  • Pancreatic Cysts

  • Pancreatic Cancer


3:00pm Closing Remarks




What are the CAPER Travel Scholarships? 

The Collaborative Alliance for Pancreatic Education and Research provides travel support and complimentary registration for select trainees and young investigators to attend the PancreasFest Annual Meeting and the CAPER Emerging Leaders Conference. Trainees and young investigators are encouraged to submit their abstracts for consideration. Awardees will have the unique chance to present their abstract at the 2021 PancreasFest, providing access to a network of renowned leaders in the field of pancreatology! This is a great opportunity to make mentorship connections with renowned pancreatologists.


2021 CAPER Travel Scholarship awardees to be announced in early June.


The Collaborative Alliance for Pancreatic Education and Research’s (CAPER) mission is: (a) to facilitate the collaboration of researchers of pancreatic diseases and to support scientifically rigorous multi-center studies in pancreatic diseases; (b) to educate and train healthcare providers in pancreatic diseases; (c) and to increase public health awareness regarding pancreatic diseases.


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