MRA leadership and supporters with panelists from MRA’s Scientific Retreat luncheon
Last week, MRA welcomed more than 300 leaders from academia, industry, nonprofits, and government to Washington, DC, for two days of intensive meetings on all things melanoma at our 6th Annual Scientific Retreat. As MRA builds on the momentum from this highly productive gathering, we are eager to share some highlights with you.
This year’s meeting set several important records for MRA, including the number, caliber, and breadth of attendees from across the continuum of the melanoma community. We were joined by an international cadre representing 77 institutions, 29 companies, more than a dozen collaborating foundations and many engaged patients. Retreat attendees heard cutting-edge results from the world’s leading melanoma researchers, as well as testimonials from melanoma patients directly impacted by this work. MRA also convened a meeting of like-minded melanoma foundations to foster collaborations across the nonprofit space, hosted a solutions-oriented session with industry and FDA to discuss new models for advancing earlier stage therapies, and presented a lunchtime discussion panel featuring MRA Board Members Michael Milken and Senator Connie Mack, and journalist and author Cokie Roberts.
The meeting was electric with optimism and potential for life-saving progress. As scientists presented their research findings, explored collaborations across disciplines and sectors, and engaged in discussions about improving patient outcomes, it was apparent that we are turning the corner on melanoma. We look forward to another exciting year of big news and expanded options for melanoma patients.
Our Retreat, and indeed our research mission, would not be possible without the support of our founders, allies, and donors. At such a critical juncture in the history of melanoma research, your support of MRA means more than ever. Thank you for your continued investment in our organization.