Championing Collaboration

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 30 November 2016

Some have the impression that cancer researchers, whether in academia or in industry, toil away in isolation. While there are certainly scientists who work best on their own, collaboration among researchers has become increasingly common, with a goal of achieving the most promising results in the shortest time frame.

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MRA Funded Melanoma Researchers Led Discussions at 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer

By Pamela Goldsmith, MRA Director of Communications | 30 November 2016

MRA Director of Communications Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) investigators and other melanoma researchers had a significant presence at this year’s annual meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) held in National Harbor, Maryland. A key forum for scientific exchange and enlightenment in the cancer immunotherapy field, the conference...

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To Screen or Not to Screen (for Skin Cancer) – Reframing the Question

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 29 July 2016

To screen or not to screen actually isn’t the question  While an adaptation of Hamlet’s famous phrase may capture the headlines on whole-body skin checks, a deeper dive gets us closer to questions of life and death.

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Highlights from the National Cancer Moonshot Summit

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 7 July 2016 In Events, News

The National Cancer Moonshot was announced by President Obama in his State of the Union Address in January 2016 and VP Biden was charged with spearheading the effort. Few would disagree with Mr. Biden’s selection as leader given the personal experience he and his family endured with the loss of...

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Understanding Immunotherapy Part 3: CTLA-4

By Amrita Bhatt, MRA Intern | 15 June 2016 In Science, Treatment

Now that you’ve read our background on immunotherapy and learned about PD-1, it’s time to focus on another protein that plays a key role in cancer development, CTLA-4. What is CTLA-4? In addition to displaying PD-1 on the cell surface, T cells also display CTLA-4.

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Trena's Story: An African-American Retiree's Journey with Melanoma

8 June 2016 In Melanoma Stories

“Trena, you have melanoma and you are going to lose your toe. “  WHAT?!?! I am a Black woman in her sixties—that is crazy!! [caption id="attachment_1733" align="alignleft" width="255"] Trena with her boyfriend, Maceo.[/caption] My name is Trena Brown.

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Insider’s Tips for Melanoma Prevention: Make Every Day Don’t Fry Day

27 May 2016 In Prevention

The Friday before Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. is Don’t Fry Day – a day to remember to keep your skin safe as we launch into the summer season here in the northern hemisphere. Why you should care – the case for every day as Don’t Fry DayMost people...

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MRA Partner Feature: Neiman Marcus

By Regina Campbell | 17 May 2016 In Allies & Partnerships

This week, we're featuring a guest post from Regina Campbell, who is Director of Social Media for Neiman Marcus. Read more. For some, skincare can be an afterthought. Of all the items on our to-do lists, applying SPF may not be at the top.

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Whither melanoma and whither cancer research? 

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 10 May 2016 In Events, Prevention, Science, Treatment

There is no doubt that the last few years have seen incredible progress for melanoma patients with 11 treatments approved since MRA’s founding in 2007: personalized medicine, targeted therapy, immunotherapy. What remains to be done for melanoma and other cancers? How are the successes in melanoma and other research areas...

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