Category: Science


Basic Research: Understanding what Triggers Melanoma and its Spread to Identify New Treatment Targets

9 July 2020 In Science

Tremendous progress has been made in understanding the basic biology needed to trigger melanoma and fuel its growth and progression. Researchers continue to probe deeper, finding new molecular culprits that could lead to novel and more effective melanoma treatment strategies. Some of these new potential drug targets were revealed at MRA’s 2020 Scientific Retreat.

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Melanoma Research Updates from 2020 AACR and ASCO Conferences

By Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 29 June 2020 In News, Science, Treatment

MRA Chief Science Officer Marc Hurlbert shares exciting melanoma research highlights from ASCO and AACR - the two largest global cancer research conferences that take place annually.

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A Personal Journey, A Virtual Platform

23 June 2020 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention, Science

Meet Shirin Bajaj, a third-year resident at NYU’s School of Medicine and MRA Dermatology Research Fellow. Learn about her work and MRA's Dermatology Fellowship Award Program.

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Maintaining Momentum in Melanoma Research

8 June 2020 In Allies & Partnerships, News, Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

The last decade has been one of substantial progress and hope for many melanoma patients, researchers, and clinicians. With 12 new therapeutic approaches now approved to treat melanoma, many advanced-stage patients are seeing their tumors shrink or disappear, and are experiencing renewed hope for a brighter future.

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From Dermatology to Treatment: Second Opinions, Clinical Trials & becoming Your Own Best Advocate

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 29 May 2020 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

Through his journey with melanoma, Patrick has learned the importance of always being his own best advocate, getting second opinions, and considering clinical trials.

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Lighting up Melanoma (One Cell at a Time)

18 May 2020 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Meet Aditi Sahu, a post-doctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and MRA Dermatology Research Fellow. Learn about her work and MRA's Dermatology Fellowship Award Program.

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Putting Healthy Skin First - L’Oréal Active Cosmetics Division & MRA Strengthen Longstanding L’Oréal and MRA Partnership

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 1 May 2020 In Allies & Partnerships, News, Science

Some partnerships just make sense. For example, L’Oréal-owned SkinCeuticals, CeraVe and La Roche-Posay apart of the L’Oreal Active Cosmetics Division and MRA both share a mission and ethos for promoting healthy skin. It is no surprise that the two are longtime partners in the fight against melanoma. In fact, these brands and MRA have just announced an expanded partnership just in time for Melanoma Awareness Month.

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MRA Announces $11 Million for 26 Grant Awards to Advance Melanoma Research

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 30 April 2020 In News, Science

With the world’s attention focused on the response to COVID-19, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) knows that long after this pandemic has ended, melanoma research will still be urgently needed. To this end, and in recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, is proud to announce funding for 26 research awards totaling $10.9 million.

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Bridging the Knowledge Gap Through AI

30 April 2020 In Science

Meet Enrica Quattrocchi, a clinical dermatology fellow at the Mayo Clinic, and MRA Dermatology Research Fellow. Learn about her work and MRA's Dermatology Fellowship Award Program.

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Dr. Villanueva Takes Aim at NRAS Mutant Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 28 March 2020 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

When Dr. Villanueva began her work in melanoma, some 15 years ago, it was the perfect scientific challenge. How could a disease be so aggressive – and still be such a mystery?
Then things got personal.

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