Category: Science


Estimated Rates of Melanoma Increasing in 2019

By Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 9 January 2019 In News, Prevention, Science

The American Cancer Society released updated estimates for the incidence, prevalence, and survival statistics for cancer in the United States. For 2019, ACS estimates that 96,480 people will be diagnosed with melanoma and that 7,230 Americans will die due to the disease. This is an increase of 5.6% and a decrease of 19% from last year respectively.

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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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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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Older Patients Do Better on Immunotherapy

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 8 October 2018 In Science, Treatment

In Dr. Weeraratna's study, older patients did better on immunotherapy than younger patients. This surprising result is the opposite of what was expected.

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Using Zebrafish to Shed New Light on Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 29 August 2018 In Science

Dr. Liz Patton, a MRA-funded cancer researcher at the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh, is fascinated by learning how things work. Patton has focused her research on better understanding how melanocytes – the cells in our skin that provide us our coloring – develop, divide, migrate, and in some unfortunate circumstances, proliferate uncontrollably turning into melanoma. Her work is providing critical insight into the origin of melanoma and what spurs melanoma to spread throughout the body.

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Maintaining the Pace of Melanoma Innovation in the Era of an Evolving Standard of Care

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 10 August 2018 In Science, Treatment

There is no doubt that treatments for metastatic melanoma have changed dramatically in the decade since MRA’s founding in 2007. How do we keep up the momentum?

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Uveal ‘Clusters’ in Auburn, AL and Huntersville, NC

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 18 July 2018 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories, News, Science, Treatment

When we talk about melanoma, it’s easy to forget that cutaneous – the most common variety that forms on the skin – isn’t the only game in town. Uveal represents about 5% of all melanomas diagnosed each year. So, when dozens of people from two towns in North Carolina and Alabama were diagnosed with the rare cancer alarm bells sounded.

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Applying AI to Melanoma Detection

5 July 2018 In Prevention, Science

Is AI the future of detecting melanoma early, when it is easiest to cure?

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