Immunotherapy for Melanoma: Where We Are

28 August 2015 In Science

As was reported last week, Former President Jimmy Carter has melanoma that has spread to other organs, and part of his treatment will include an immunotherapy drug. Immunotherapy is a term used to describe treatments that harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells.

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What We Can Learn from President Carter’s Melanoma Diagnosis and Treatment

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 21 August 2015 In Treatment

President Jimmy Carter revealed to the world his diagnosis with melanoma with both the grace and bravery that we may all aspire to in the face of such news. His melanoma presentation was a bit unusual and naturally confusing.

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A Conversation with Board Member Jami Gertz

19 August 2015 In Allies & Partnerships

We're featuring an interview with MRA Board Member and actress Jami Gertz on our blog. This was repurposed, with permission, from the blog of our partners at Neiman Marcus. 

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Join Us in Helping Americans Stay Sun Safe This Summer

6 August 2015 In Allies & Partnerships

Today’s blog post is from our partners at Lands End. See how they are joining the fight against melanoma – and how you can get involved. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and Lands’ End wants to keep your skin safe! We are...

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Taking a Closer Look at MRA’s Recent Grant Funding

By Laura Brockway-Lunardi, PhD, MRA Scientific Program Director | 23 July 2015 In Science, Treatment

Melanoma Research Alliance has awarded almost $68 million to 237 PIs at 99 institutions in 14 countries since its founding in 2007

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Sports Authority Helps to Shine Some Light on Melanoma

By Jennifer Engel, MRA Development Manager, Foundations and Campaigns | 9 July 2015 In Allies & Partnerships

In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month in May, Sports Authority deployed its fifth in-store donation and consumer awareness campaign to raise money for MRA’s research program and to educate customers on ways to reduce their risk of melanoma.

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Ups and Downs for Melanoma. But Staying Focused.

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 25 June 2015 In Science

 This time a week ago I was jubilant. The SU2C-MRA Melanoma Dream Team’s paper describing a precision medicine approach to treating patients had just been published. And in the middle of the week an important article published in the prestigious scientific journal Cell describing the comprehensive genomic landscape of over...

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On the Path to Precision Medicine for Melanoma Patients

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 16 June 2015 In Science

There is no denying the transformative success of new treatments for melanoma ranging from molecularly targeted agents for BRAF-mutant melanoma to immunotherapies like anti-CTLA4 and anti-PD-1 drugs. Indeed, the treatment of BRAF-mutant melanoma is a prime example of Precision Medicine; that is, matching treatments to a patient’s specific disease.

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Why #ItsTHATWorthIt to Me to Protect My Skin

By Lauren Leiman | 10 June 2015 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Prevention

This summer, L'Oréal Paris, in partnership with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), is asking women everywhere to demonstrate why it’s imperative to protect their skin, beauty, and life through the #ItsTHATWorthIt social media campaign. To help kick off the campaign, L'Oréal hosted two events – one in Los Angeles and...

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The Latest in Melanoma Research: News from the Two Biggest Cancer Meetings

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 4 June 2015 In News, Science

There’s been a lot of news on melanoma treatments in the last couple of weeks coming out of the two largest cancer conferences held each year: the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meetings.

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