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.

Small molecule antagonists of oncoprotein myc as inhibitors of malignant melanoma

Career Development Award 2006
Principal Investigator: Mikhail Nikiforov
Institution: University of Michigan
Award in memory of Thomas W. Barner and Michael Benso; Year two: In memory of Thomas W. Barner, Kathy Bowers, Art Fuller, Robert Hansen, Randy G. Johnson and Linda A. Transou;


The role of coactosin in melanoma motility and metastasis

Career Development Award 2006
Principal Investigator: James E. Bear
Institution: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Award in Memory of Thomas E. Coveny and Jack Maroulis; Year two: In memory of Don Aronow, Michael Geltrude (Mike Geltrude Foundation), Jack Riemen and Murray Richardson;


Mechanisms of immune system-mediated tumor regressions in patients with melanoma

Career Development Award 2006
Principal Investigator: Antoni Ribas
Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Award in Memory of Don Aronow and Cathleen Roe Eagan; Year two: Two Faced Cosmetics’ Love Lisa Grant;


Generating and maintaining post-excisional immunity against poorly-immunogenic melanoma

Career Development Award 2006
Principal Investigator: Mary Jo Turk
Institution: Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth College
Year two: In memory of Barry potter by Susan Comeau and Tricia Elain Black by Teb’s Troops;


A mouse model of BRAF-induced melanoma

Established Investigator Award 2006
Principal Investigator: Martin McMahon
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Senior Grant Award in Memory of Diana Ashby; Year two: The Diana Ashby Award by The Brenda MacDonald Melanoma Research Foundation;


Origin of regulatory CD4-T cells in metastic malignant melanoma

Career Development Award 2007
Principal Investigator: Alexander Krupnick
Institution:
Award in Honor of Katie Brennan, Dr. Casey Culbertson, Mr. & Mrs. Doug Eckrote, William Gelston, Keith Hennessey, Debbie Martel, Jennifer Mitchell and Jay & Barbie Otto; Year two: In honor of Katie Brennan, DIG (Texas Tech, Vanderbilt/Meharry, Wright University), Karen Dolge, Tyler Feldman, William Gelston, Ian Maclellan, Beth Nagurny and Ralphstock;


The role of erythropoietin and its receptor in melanoma cell survival in vivo

Career Development Award 2007
Principal Investigator: Xiaowe Xu
Institution: The Pennsylvania College of Medicine
The Susan Fazio Melanoma Research Foundation Award; Year two: In memory of Kathy Bowers, Lucien Caron, Gary D. Cox, Kerry Daveline, Randy G. Johnson, Sara Pauli, Larry Poplawski, Dolores Ryan, Linda A. Transou and Ken Ulrey;


LAMP-2 function in cytoplasmic antigen presentation by human melanomas

Career Development Award 2007
Principal Investigator: Victoria Crotzer
Institution:
The Bill Walter III Melanoma Research Fund and Jeanie O’Malley D’Ambrose; Year two: The Bill Walter III Melanoma Research Fund; In memory of Aaron Anchor and Jack Riemen;


Population-based whole genome association study of melanoma risk using DNA pooling

Career Development Award 2007
Principal Investigator: Kevin Brown
Institution:
Award in Honor of 2007 Wings of Hope Recipients: Gregory & Jeanine Rush and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation; Year two: In honor of 2007 Wings of Hope Recipient: Dr. Paul Chapman;


The molecular mechanism of melanoma sentinel node immunosuppression

Career Development Award 2007
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Lee
Institution:
Award in Memory of Kent McCullough;