Articles by Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications


Double Your Impact: May Fundraisers Matched Dollar-For-Dollar!

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 18 April 2019 In Allies & Partnerships, News

Thanks to a generous matching gift from our co-founders, Debra and Leon Black, every donation made to MRA through an individual fundraising campaign in May, will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $65,000.*

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Building Community While Raising More than $10 Million for Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 15 April 2019 In Allies & Partnerships, Events

Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma has become an annual event that brings over 1,000 people together from the leveraged finance and private equity community. Cofounder Brendan Dillon shares his own journey with melanoma.

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This Engineer is Building a ‘Better’ Biopsy

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 20 March 2019 In Science

Biopsies are an important tool to determine if a mole or other lesion is cancerous. For most patients, the occasional biopsy is no big deal. However for patients facing multiple abnormal or otherwise ‘suspicious’ spots in highly visible places the prospect can be daunting. Dr. Jesse Wilson, an MRA-funded investigator, is an engineer on a mission to build a better biopsy.

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Fight Back Give Back with Clinical Trials

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 24 February 2019 In News, Science

When patients understand all of their options, including clinical trials, they can make informed decisions about their care. For many patients, clinical trials represent the best possible way to get access to cutting-edge treatment options.

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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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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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