Articles by Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications


One Day at a Time: Dylan Overcomes Depression & Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 12 August 2019 In Melanoma Stories

Melanoma taught Dylan to stay in the moment and to tackle things one day at a time. There were so many things that were outside of Dylan's control, so he decided to focus on the things that he could do something about.

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Acral Melanoma & Adjuvant Therapy – One Patient’s Decision

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

When David was diagnosed with Stage 3 acral melanoma he faced a major decision. The surgery to remove it was successful - but should he move forward with adjuvant therapy to reduce the risk of it returning? Learn more about the benefits - and risks - of this approach and read what David decided.

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A Better Combination?

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 19 July 2019 In Science

The FDA's 2015 approval of the first ever checkpoint immunotherapy combination of ipilimumab + nivolumab was considered a major breakthrough. Since then, research has shown that the combo yields slightly better results at the cost of increased side effects. Now, a new study asks if we can optimize the dose to produce the same effects with fewer side effects.

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Fighting For Her Life with a Clinical trial

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 7 June 2019 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

Colleen Wittoesch was a regular volunteer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She came to the hospital every week to help out and spend time with patients and families in the melanoma clinic for going on seven years. Little did she know that in 2016 she too would walk through the clinic doors as a patient.

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Research is Hope: MRA Announces $8.2 Million for New Grant Awards to Advance Melanoma Research

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 30 April 2019 In News, Science

In advance of Melanoma Awareness Month, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, today announced funding for 33 innovative research awards totaling $8.26 million.

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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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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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