Join a Patient Symposium!

Learn about the latest developments in melanoma research and treatment at FREE patient symposia held in partnership with leading healthcare centers across the US. Click here to see upcoming meetings and register today.



Increasing Mucosal Melanoma Awareness

This March, we are sharing patient stories, free education materials and support resources to increase awareness of this rare melanoma subtype. Learn more and help bring mucosal melanoma #OutOfTheShadows today.


Apply Today for a Mid-Career Bridge Grant


Apply Today for a Mid-Career Bridge Grant

Mid-Career Bridge Grants support researchers who are revising NIH R01 funding requests that were scored, but not funded. View the RFP for additional details and apply by April 14.


Major Melanoma Treatment Advancement



Major Melanoma Treatment Advancement

Announcing a major treatment advancement: neoadjuvant + adjuvant pembrolizumab in resectable stage IIIB and IV melanoma.




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.



Miles for Melanoma

Join a Miles for Melanoma 5k!

Join melanoma patients, survivors, caregivers and supporters in cities across the US to walk, run and raise life-saving funds for melanoma research. Find a run/walk near you and register your team today!

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

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently published a major report announcing a treatment advancement for the melanoma community, particularly
Guest blog by Toni English, a Sinonasal Mucosal Melanoma survivor who was diagnosed in 2015: Toni English grew up in
Guest blog by Katie Doble, ocular melanoma (OM) survivor, MRF Courage Award recipient and OM advocate who shares her journey
In January, the Board of Directors welcomed its newest member, Kristina Baum, who has been a longtime advocate for the

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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The MRF is committed to providing the most up-to-date education and support resources for melanoma patients and their loved ones.