Category: Allies & Partnerships


Improving AI Performance for People of Color: Diagnosing Melanoma & Other Skin Cancers

By Marc Hurlbert, PhD, MRA Chief Executive Officer | 12 August 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention, Science

The problem with the current state-of-the-art AI and image-based algorithms is that they have been developed using images of moles from light skinned (white) individuals. As a result, existing AI tools are not sensitive enough in people with darker skin. Dr. Albert Chiou, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University, the junior faculty member on the L’Oréal Dermatological Beauty Brands-MRA Team Science Award, and his colleagues are working to fix these shortcomings.

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MRA's Latest Research Report: The Melanoma Research Community Reunites

11 August 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, News, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Each year, MRA brings together hundreds of people from across the melanoma research community to exchange ideas, report on scientific progress, celebrate achievements, and mourn our collective losses.

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New Funding Alert: Department of Defense Melanoma Research Program

1 July 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, News, Science

Research Funding Alert: The Department of Defense Melanoma Research Program will award up to $40 million in funding for melanoma research in FY22. Learn more about funding mechanisms, focus area, and deadlines!

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This Mother-Daughter Duo Are On a Mission to Save Your Skin

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 27 June 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention

Dr. Beth and Elianna Goldstein aren’t your usual mother-daughter duo. That’s because they are just as comfortable heading to yoga together as they are reviewing quarterly sales projections for their startup, Modern Ritual. The company, launched in 2020, creates simple and effective skin care products and services to protect you...

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Leveraged Finance & Private Equity Communities Unite to Raise Record $3 Million for Melanoma Research

21 June 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, News, Prevention

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, more than 900 people from over 100 firms from the leveraged finance and private equity communities came together for the Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma (LFFM) benefit and cocktail party. Hosted at the Museum of Modern Art, the event raised a record breaking $3 million for the Melanoma Research Alliance’s (MRA) mission to advance the world’s most innovative and promising melanoma research.

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Don’t Fry Day: Today & Everyday

27 May 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, Events

Each year the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designates the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day to raise awareness of the importance of sun safety. This year’s theme, Small Steps for Sun Safety, highlights the many small steps we can take to be more sun safe, like...

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The Melanoma Research Alliance Names Dr. Marc Hurlbert as Chief Executive Officer

11 May 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, News

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, today announced that its Board of Directors appointed Marc Hurlbert, PhD, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

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Dr. Gary Deng & The Wellness Principles

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 9 May 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention, Treatment

Gary Deng, MD, PhD – an integrative medicine specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – knows this firsthand. And now, for the first time, Dr. Deng is sharing his unique and highly respected wellness approach with everyone through his upcoming book, The Wellness Principles – Cooking for a Healthy Life.

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Why I Step - Lynn Merrill Iverson

By Renee Orcione, MRA Development Associate | 25 April 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories

In 2021, as part of MRA’s inaugural Step Up for Melanoma challenge, Lynn joined hundreds of supportive and passionate individuals across the country to share Bert’s story, keep his memory alive, raise awareness, and complete 310,000 steps during Melanoma Awareness Month.

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Recordings from MRA's 2022 Patient Forum

16 March 2022 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, News, Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

MRA’s Melanoma Exchange Patient Forum, held in-person in Washington DC and virtually on March 9, 2022, brought together hundreds of melanoma patients, survivors, advocates, and their loved ones to provide lay-friendly, state-of-the-science education, promote collaboration, and provided networking opportunities across the melanoma community.

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