Take Action as an MRF Advocate

Join melanoma patients, caregivers, advocates and supporters in Washington, DC on March 5-7 to share your story and be the voice of the melanoma community on Capitol Hill. Register today!


Apply Now for Research Funding




Apply Now for Research Funding

Multiple types of research funding will be offered in 2023, and the Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available. Visit the MRF Research Center to learn more and apply today!

Miles for Melanoma

Join Miles for Melanoma!

Miles for Melanoma

Join Miles for Melanoma!

Join melanoma patients, survivors, caregivers and supporters in cities across the US to walk, run and raise life-saving funds for melanoma research. Click here to find a 5k run/walk near you and register today!





Join the in-person CURE OM Eyes on a Cure: Ocular Melanoma Patient & Caregiver Symposium from March 31st- April 2nd in Tampa, Florida! Register Today!




Melanoma in Skin of Color

Although melanoma is relatively uncommon in people of color, when it occurs it is often diagnosed in later stages and is more difficult to treat. Here’s what you need to know about melanoma in skin of color.




Read the 2022 VISION Data Report

In its first year, more than 325 patients contributed data to accelerate the progress of ocular melanoma research. View the VISION Registry Data Report to see what we’ve learned so far.

Join Us In Our Mission To Cure Melanoma

The MRF’s mission is to eradicate melanoma by accelerating medical RESEARCH while EDUCATING to and ADVOCATING for the melanoma community.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Melanoma claims the lives of over 7,000 Americans every year.

Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 25 – 30 and the second leading cause of cancer death in women ages 30-35.

9 out of 10 cases are considered to be preventable.

Funding Melanoma Research

Funding from The MRF has resulted in:

clinical trials

25 Clinical trials


109 Grants with new collaborations


236 Publications


484 Presentations

Recently Funded Research

Emily Bernstein, PhD

Chromatin Remodeling Alterations and Consequences for Melanoma Metastasis

Hilary Coller, PhD

Noncanonical Autophagy Inhibition as a New Approach to Melanoma Therapy

Brent Hanks, MD, PhD

Role of the Gli2 Pathway in Melanoma Immunotherapy Resistance

Sixue Liu, PhD

Therapeutic Combinations against Melanoma Brain Metastases

David Soto-Pantoja, PhD

Biomarkers to Predict Melanoma Patient Immunotherapy Outcomes

Allison Betof Warner, MD, PhD

Pilot Trial of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes for Melanoma Brain Metastasis

Praveen Agrawal, PhD

Role of Core Fucosylation in the Resistance to Immunotherapy of Melanoma

Raquel Buj, PhD

Regulation of Immunotherapy Resistance in CDKN2A-low Melanoma

Stanley (Ching-Cheng) Huang, PhD

Exploiting Metabolic Vulnerabilities of Macrophages for Melanoma Treatment

Latest News

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Guest blog by Chris White, a mucosal melanoma survivor who's journey started in 2018: Early 2018, Chris developed what he
Scientific peer review of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs' Melanoma Research Program for the Department of Defense The Congressionally Directed
For #EyeGetDilated Month, we share Chad Taylor's Journey as an OM thriver who was diagnosed with ocular melanoma: Destruction from

Optimize Your Treatment

Although the MRF cannot recommend a specific doctor, clinic or clinical trial, the Melanoma Treatment Center Finder and Clinical Trial Finder will help you find an experienced melanoma treatment team, as well as give you the opportunity to explore clinical trials. Did you know that clinical trials are often viewed as the best treatment option for Stage II, III and IV melanoma patients?

Please remember to use this information as a starting point in your search for a healthcare team that best meets your needs. All information regarding your treatment should be discussed with your healthcare professional.


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