PROspective Evaluation of Chronic Pancreatitis for EpidEmiologic and Translational StuDies: Rationale and Study Design for PROCEED From the Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes, and Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreas. 2018 Nov/Dec;47(10):1229-1238. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000001170.


Prospective Evaluation of Chronic Pancreatitis for Epidemiologic and Translational Studies (PROCEED) is the first prospective, observational cohort study of chronic pancreatitis (CP) in the United States. The primary goals of PROCEED are to define disease progression, test the predictive capability of candidate biomarkers, and develop a platform to conduct translational and mechanistic studies in CP. Using objective and consensus-driven criteria, PROCEED will enroll adults at different stages of CP-controls, suspected CP, and definite CP. In addition to collecting detailed information using structured case report forms and protocol-mandated evaluations at baseline and during follow-up, PROCEED will establish a linked biorepository of blood, urine, saliva, stool, pancreatic fluid, and pancreatic tissue. Enrollment for PROCEED began in June 2017. As of July 1, 2018, nine clinical centers of the Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes, and Pancreatic Cancer are enrolling, and 350 subjects have completed baseline evaluation. In conclusion, PROCEED will provide the most accurate and reliable estimates to date on progression of CP. The established cohort and biorepository will facilitate numerous analyses, leading to new strategies for diagnosis, methods to monitor disease progression, and treatment of CP.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biomarkers / analysis
  • Blood Specimen Collection
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Observational Studies as Topic
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / therapy
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / diagnosis*
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / therapy
  • Prospective Studies
  • Research Design*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / methods*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / organization & administration
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Biomarkers