Looking Back on 2013

23 December 2013 In News

From everyone here at the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), we wish you a healthy and happy holiday season and extend our heartfelt gratitude for an amazing year of progress and collaboration. We are so thankful for the tremendous support we received this year from so many people who share our...

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Gearing up for Giving Tuesday

2 December 2013 In Events

Did you know that the Oxford Dictionary has named "Selfie" the 2013 Word of the Year?  Well, on Giving Tuesday, we ask everyone who supports us take #unselfies!  An "unselfie" is a picture of someone doing good, or a picture that explains why you give.

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MRA Talks Innovative Collaborations at Partnering For Cures Meeting

14 November 2013 In Events

MRA was honored to be chosen to deliver an Innovator Presentation at FasterCures’ 2013 Partnering For Cures meeting, held last week in New York City. The event brings together leaders from all sectors of medical research to foster collaborations critical to speeding the development of new therapies.  MRA staff and leadership...

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Video: MRA Board Member and Melanoma Survivor Shares His Story at Forbes Event

30 October 2013 In Events

Earlier this month, MRA Board Member and melanoma survivor Jeff Rowbottom spoke at the Forbes Healthcare Summit.  Jeff discussed how his diagnosis with melanoma brought him to the MRA and inspired the Leveraged Finance community to take action against the disease.

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One Family's Fight with Pediatric Melanoma

By Angela de Jong | 6 September 2013 In Melanoma Stories

By: Angela de Jong [caption id="attachment_587" align="alignleft" width="203"] Alyssa was diagnosed with melanoma at age nine[/caption] On May 4, 2012, I took my nine-year-old daughter Alyssa to the dermatologist for a second time.  In 2009 they had removed a Spitz nevus from her thigh area.

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NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins Explains Why Redheads are at Risk for Melanoma

4 September 2013 In News

A new blog entry by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins offers a great explanation of recent research findings that are starting to unravel the mystery of why redheads are more susceptible to melanoma. According to Dr. Collins,  the research was supported by NIH funding.

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Kids Have No Place in Tanning Beds

29 August 2013 In News

It has been said that tanning beds are shaped like coffins for a reason.  The ultraviolet (UV) light emitted by tanning beds is a known carcinogenic—the World Health Organization (WHO) recently named both UVA and UVB rays as such, along with cancer-causing agents like cigarettes and asbestos.  But, despite the...

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Quick Video: What is the Best Way to Prevent and Detect Melanoma?

20 August 2013 In News

We really like the drawing format of this new melanoma awareness and prevention video produced by the Douglas Wright Foundation and narrated by Dr. Michael Evans, who specializes in creating engaging health media.  How do you think they've done? [youtube url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3hWv26Bs9E&w=853&h=480] If you're interested in reading more about the German cohort study...

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Eight defining experiences as an intern at MRA

8 August 2013 In Melanoma Stories

 After a whirlwind summer at the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), I looked back at some of the more memorable experiences.  While some gave me a better perspective on the medical field and some taught me about how the MRA organization runs, all of them opened my mind to the importance...

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A Word About May

1 August 2013 In Allies & Partnerships

We just wanted to take a minute and give some long-overdue thanks to the fabulous corporate allies who helped us run a successful Melanoma Awareness Month back in May!  Through online and in-store efforts, the allies helped raise funds for MRA’s scientific research programs and also increased awareness of...

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