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 2020 Research Recipients here.

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;


The role of Suppressors of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS) in mediating the anti-tumor proprties of Interferon-alpha (IFN-a)

Career Development Award 2007
Principal Investigator: Gregory Lesinski
Institution:

Award in Memory of Brian Anderson, Tom Butler, Dr. R. Scott Heath, George Madzia, Carl Osterlof, Bruce Schocken, Bob Whitman and George A. Wilkins; Year two: In memory of Judie Bailey, Tom Butler, Amanda Carter-Horn, Joe Falso, George Madzia, Gordon Meldrum, Amber Murphy, Murray Richardson, Carol Osterlof, Mike Revers, Bruce Schocken, Bob Whitman and George A. Wilkins;


Developing novel compounds to inhibit Akt3 signaling in melanoma

Career Development Award 2007
Principal Investigator: Arati Sharma
Institution:

The Susan Fazio Melanoma Research Foundation Award; Year two: In Memory of Mike Geltrude (Mike Geltrude Foundation) and Tricia Elaine Black (Teb’s Troops);


EphA2 as a therapeutic target for malignant melanoma

Career Development Award 2007
Principal Investigator: Angela Hess
Institution:

Award in Honor of Dermatology Interest Group Association and Miles for Melanoma Team Members; Year two: In memory of Scarlet Lawrence Akins, Kathy Domijan, Art Fuller, Robert Hansen, Mary Ellen Koutny, Chris Kutter, Paul Mikaulauskas, Kathy Salling, Deb Sandry, Whitney Watkins, Leonard E. Warren and SSgt Jon Warrington;


Regulatory immune cell interactions in the microenvironment of melanoma metastases

Established Investigator Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Patrick Hwu
Institution: MD Anderson Cancer Center

Award in Memory of James R. Robbins; Year two: Award in honor of Full Spectrum Dermatology (Dr. William Baugh), Kattie Brennan, Dermatology Interest Group Association, Ted Murphy, Bottle King, Matt Brooks, Terri Wilkes, Elizabeth Yannessa and Miles for Melanoma;