Articles by Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications


It’s Not that Simple: Young Women and Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 15 February 2019 In Prevention, Science

Article after article describes the ‘skyrocketing’ increases in melanoma among young women. While most are quick to point out the clear association between intentional tanning and skin cancer, few ever hint that there may be more to the story.

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UV4Me Reaches Young Adults About Sun Safety

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 1 February 2019 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention

Among young people, rates of melanoma are especially alarming. It is now the second most-common cancer among young women aged 20 – 29. While many programs focus specifically on children, studies suggest that we receive over half of our lifetime exposure to UV after the age of 20. Yet, few evidence-based programs focus specifically on the needs of young adults.

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Unchartered Territory: When Should Patients Stop Immunotherapy?

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 23 January 2019 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

For melanoma patients, deciding when to discontinue treatment is a difficult decision. should the general ‘rule of thumb’ of treating patients with advanced disease until progression still apply? In the absence of definitive data – what does indirect data tell us?

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From Health Scare to Transformative Change

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 16 January 2019 In Melanoma Stories

Debra Black founded the Melanoma Research Alliance in 2007 after her own diagnosis with Stage II disease earlier that year. Since then, MRA has become the largest, non-profit funder of melanoma research worldwide.

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Make Your Sun Safety Habit Stick: La Roche Posay’s My Skin Track UV

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 3 January 2019 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention

Last month’s arrival of La Roche Posay’s My Skin Track UV may be just what the doctor ordered to help people understand the danger of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation.

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MRA Advisor & Grantee Dr. Allison Awarded Nobel Prize for Transforming Cancer Care

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 28 November 2018 In News, Science, Treatment

MRA Scientific Advisory Panel Member & Grantee Dr. Allison Awarded Nobel Prize for his pioneering research to harness the power of the immune system to attack cancer. His work in immunotherapy, which began in the 1990’s, was audacious at the time. It helped to mainstream an entirely new class of tools in the arsenal against cancer; joining the likes of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

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Dr. Marc Hurlbert Joins MRA as Chief Science Officer

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 20 November 2018 In Science

Dr. Marc Hurlbert has built his career advancing medical research in support of patients. Now, as of this month, he will translate his skills, relationships, and enthusiasm to achieving our mission of ending death and suffering due to melanoma as MRA’s Chief Science Officer.

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When Astrophysics & Melanoma Collide

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 16 November 2018 In Science

Using lessons, processes, and tools from the field of astrophysics, Dr. Taube is studying melanoma in all new ways.

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Connecting the Dots: MRA’s 2017-2018 Annual Report

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 30 October 2018 In Melanoma Stories, News, Prevention, Treatment

In our 2017/18 report, we are proud to showcase many key achievements from the past year. Check out the annual report to learn more about the research we’ve funded, the partnerships we’ve forged, the progress we’ve made and the donors who help to make it all possible.

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Improving the Lives of Melanoma Survivors

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 15 October 2018 In Prevention, Science

Melanoma survivors are at a 9-fold increased risk of developing another melanoma. Unfortunately, 20% of survivors reported a sunburn in the past year and 10% intentionally went outside for a tan – both strong predictors of inappropriate sun exposure.

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About the Author
Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications


Cody R. Barnett joined the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) as Director of Communications in August of 2017. He works to develop and cultivate strategies, messages, and stories that propel MRA’s mission forward. Cody is responsible for media relations, web and social marketing, publications and materials development, and organizational branding. He is committed to using the power of visual, verbal, and written communications to promote MRA as a powerful force for advancing melanoma research.

Before joining the Melanoma Research Alliance, Cody served as Director of Communications at AIDS United, where he directed all internal, public, member, and online communications for the national HIV-focused organization. Previous to this, he managed digital communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative.

Cody earned his Master of Public Health (MPH), concentrating in health policy, from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from York College of Pennsylvania. 

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