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 0,000 per year
  • Established (Senior) Investigator Awards (established in 2006) - Two-year awards, up to 0,000 per year
  • Career Development (Junior) Awards (established in 1998) - Two-year awards, up to ,000 per year
  • Medical Student Awards (established in 2011) - One-year awards, up to ,000
  • Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Awards (sponsored by the MRF since 2013) - One-year awards, ,000 per year
  • Society for Melanoma Research Christopher J. Marshall Award (sponsored by the MRF since 2015) - One-year awards, ,000 per year

View a summary of the 2019 Research Recipients here.

Impact of iPS cell-derived highly reactive T lymphocytes on melanoma

Career Development Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jim (Jianxun) Song
Institution: The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
In memory of Andrea Sheridan and Steve Casey, and in honor of participants in Miles for Melanoma of Delaware and Tracy Welge


Epac1 as a target for treating melanoma

Career Development Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kosaku Iwatsubo
Institution: UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
In honor of participants in Miles for Melanoma of New Jersey


Balancing melanophore number in Danio rerio zebrafish

Career Development Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cynthia Cooper
Institution: Washington State University
The Cosmopolitan Magazine Practice Safe Sun Research Grant


The regulation of melanoma metastasis

Established Investigator Award 2010
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Morrison
Institution: The University of Michigan
The Diana Ashby Award – In memory of Brenda MacDonald and Peggy Spiegler; Year two: In memory of Tricia Elaine Black, Deb Sandry, Nancy Fox, and Colleen DeMars, and in honor of Mike McAuliffe, Fred Hines’ Ride Across America, and participants in the Miles for Melanoma Marathon Program;


Develop a prognostic scoring system in node-negative melanoma patients

Established Investigator Award 2010
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kelly McMasters
Institution: University of Louisville
In honor of participants of Team M4M and the Miles for Melanoma program; Year two: In memory of Kent McCullough, Scarlet Lawrence Akins, Wolfgang Schlinkert, and Mandy Dean, and in honor of Ted Murphy and MelanomaGirl Foundation;


Improving melanoma response to BRAF V600E targeting

Career Development Award 2010
Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger Lo
Institution: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
In memory of Brad Lanpher, Peter Labyak, Jim Foy, Larry Katz, James O’Robbins, Larry Poplawski, Cathy Beelaert, and Kathy Bowers; and in honor of Katie Brennan: Year two: In memory of Larry Poplawski, Harold Quade, and Jim Foy, and in honor of Full Spectrum Dermatology and Katie Brennan;


Understanding molecular mechanisms for the role of NEDD9 in melanoma progression

Career Development Award 2010
Principal Investigator: Minjung Kim
Institution: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Center
In memory of Bill Walter III, George A. Wilkins, Edward A. Merullo, Randy G. Johnson, Leonard E. Warren, Amanda Carter-Horn, and Don Aronow: Year two: In memory of Amanda Carter-Horn, Leonard E. Warren, Edward A. Merullo, Jan Wright Niles, and George A. Wilkins, and in honor of Hugh Allen’s USA Bike Ride for Melanoma Research;


Molecular determinants of apoptosis resistance in melanoma clinical immunotherapy

Career Development Award 2010
Principal Investigator: Ali Jazirehi
Institution: The Regents of the University of California
In memory of Kevin Anderson and Aaron Anchor, and in honor of Neil Gaines and participants from Dermatology Interest Group Association; Year two: In memory of Aaron Anchor, Herbert Bates, Jr., and Tom Triphahn, and in honor of Neil Gaines and participants in the Dermatology Interest Group Association fundraising effort;


Study of the role of MicroRNAs in melanoma brain tropism

Career Development Award 2010
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eva Hernando
Institution: NYU School of Medicine
In memory of Tom Triphahn, Harold Quade, and Marilyn Taheny; and in honor of the Too Faced Cosmetics’ Love Lisa Award and participants of the Ragnar Relay; Year two: In memory of Peggy Spiegler, Kevin Brue, Douglas Grant Gillespie, and Thomas W. Barner;


Regulation of Fas Ligand in Melanoma

Career Development Award 1998
Principal Investigator: Warren Chow
Institution: City of Hope National Medical Center
Diana Ashby Memorial Research Award