Funded Research

The MRF has funded millions of dollars in melanoma research since 1998.

The Melanoma Research Foundation is proud to award research grants supporting the study of melanoma prevention, diagnosis and treatment across the spectrum of the disease, including cutaneous, ocular and mucosal melanoma. These include the following:

  • Team Awards (established in 2014) - Two-year awards, up to $250,000 per year
  • Established (Senior) Investigator Awards (established in 2006) - Two-year awards, up to $100,000 per year
  • Career Development (Junior) Awards (established in 1998) - Two-year awards, up to $50,000 per year
  • Medical Student Awards (established in 2011) - One-year awards, up to $3,000
  • Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Awards (sponsored by the MRF since 2013) - One-year awards, $5,000 per year
  • Society for Melanoma Research Christopher J. Marshall Award (sponsored by the MRF since 2015) - One-year awards, $5,000 per year

View a summary of the 2019 Research Recipients here.

Integrative Analysis of Prognostic Factors to Neoadjuvant Nivolumab/CMP-001 in Stage III B/C/D Melanoma

Team Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Diwakar Davar, MD
Institution: University of Pittsburgh (Mentor: Hassane Zarour, MD)
Melanoma Research Foundation Breakthrough Consortium – Bristol-Myers Squibb (MRFBC-BMS) Young Investigator Research Team Award to Advance the Field of Translational Immuno-Oncology


Immunization Effect in Patients with Multiple Primary Melanomas

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Angela Zaladonis
Institution: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Wayne Conners Melanoma Research Grant


Therapeutic intervention of melanoma

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yang
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham


Mechanisms of perivascular dispersal by brain-resident melanoma cells

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Sarah Wang
Institution: University of Virginia School of Medicine
In honor of Christopher Westdyk


Image-Based Deep Learning to Predict Melanoma Recurrence

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Megan Trager
Institution: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons


Applying Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning to Melanoma Prevention Education in High School Adolescents

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Victoria Orfaly
Institution: Oregon Health and Science University
Wayne Conners Melanoma Research Grant


The Neuroendocrine Role of Lipocalin 2 in Melanoma Cachexia

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Brennan Olson
Institution: Oregon Health and Science University


Examining the role of TGFβ activating Integrins B6 and B8 in melanoma

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Breanna Nguyen
Institution: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
In honor of Michael Atkins, MD at Georgetown University


Leveraging Focused Ultrasound to Sensitize Refractory Melanoma to Immunotherapy

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Alexander Mathew
Institution: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Established as the Randy Lomax Memorial Award


Human Endogenous Retrovirus Expression Profiles in Acral Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Jez Marston
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Generously supported by the Silverstein Family