Guest Post from the Polka Dot Mama

19 April 2016 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories

This week, we’re featuring a guest post from Tracy Callahan, who founded and leads the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation.  My name is Tracy Callahan and I am the Founder and CEO of the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation established in 2015.

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A Daughter Reflects on Her Father’s Battle with Melanoma

By Samantha Stinchcomb | 5 April 2016 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories

This week, we feature a guest post by Samantha Stinchcomb, a student at the University of Delaware. When her father succumbed to melanoma, Samantha and her family and friends founded the Wayne Stinchcomb Big Orange Foundation to raise money for melanoma research and to educate her local community about the disease...

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Research Q&A: Dr. Tim Bullock

21 March 2016 In Science

In the latest blog post, we chatted with the University of Virginia’s Tim Bullock, Ph.D., a tumor immunologist in the Pathology Department and MRA-funded investigator. Read on to learn what he has to say about melanoma research and prevention efforts.

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A Daughter's Take: My Mother’s Journey

16 March 2016 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories

This week, we're pleased to welcome our youngest guest blogger, Sadie Kargman. Sadie's sharing her family's personal experience with melanoma and has committed to helping support MRA through fundraising. Read more. Hi, my name is Sadie and when I was only in second grade my mom was diagnosed with melanoma.

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8th Annual Scientific Retreat Recap

7 March 2016 In Events, Science

The end of February was a momentous one for the MRA team and all the folks in the melanoma community. We hosted our 8th Annual Scientific Retreat in Washington, DC, and they truly just seem to get better and better. The Retreat serves two main roles for those invited participants.

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Understanding Immunotherapy Part 2: PD-1

By Amrita Bhatt, MRA Intern | 17 February 2016 In Science, Treatment

Now that we’ve provided a brief background on immunotherapy, it’s time to dive more deeply into the subject. In the second installment of this blog series, we’ll be examining PD-1, a protein that plays a crucial role in cancer’s ability to hide from our immune systems. What is PD-1? PD-1...

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Gearing up for our Annual Scientific Retreat

10 February 2016 In Events, Science

The Melanoma Research Alliance’s (MRA) annual Scientific Retreat brings together hundreds of scientists, industry professionals, and patients from around the globe to foster collaboration in the field of melanoma research. This year, MRA will host its eighth retreat from February 24-26 in Washington, DC.

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Identifying Melanoma as a Single Cell

2 February 2016 In Science

A recent study published in the journal Science could provide important clues for melanoma diagnosis.  Led by Leonard Zon, M.D., of Boston Children’s Hospital, the study looked at cancer in zebrafish from the very beginning – when it starts as just a single cell.

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A Father Turns His Grief into Fundraising

26 January 2016 In Melanoma Stories

Ross King lost his daughter, Jackie, to melanoma when she was just 22 years old. Since then, Ross has become a passionate supporter of melanoma research to help fulfill a promise he made to Jackie. Ross talked with us about his experience and what motivates him to take up the cause.

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Understanding Immunotherapy Part 1: What is Immunotherapy?

By Amrita Bhatt, MRA Intern | 19 January 2016 In Science, Treatment

If you follow science, you have probably heard about immunotherapy. In just the last year or two, immunotherapy has burst into the mainstream media, with coverage from the New York Times to Time Magazine bringing this emerging field to light beyond the scientific community.

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