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.

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;


Mechanism of UVB initiation of melanoma: a novel in vivo approach

Established Investigator Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Edward DeFabo
Institution: The George Washington University
The Diana Ashby Award in Memory of Danny Federici and the E Street Band; Year two: The TeamM4M and Brenda MacDonald Melanoma Foundation Award;


Integrating genetic and morphologic features of melanoma to improve disease classification

Established Investigator Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Boris C. Bastian
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
The Susan Fazio Melanoma Research Foundation Award for Mucosal Melanoma; Year two: Award in memory of Tricia Elaine black (Teb’s Troops), don Aronow, Arron Anchor and Jack Riemen;


Interrogating the role of HIF in malignant melanoma

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: William Kim
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Award in Honor of Balmoral Turkey Trot, Carter’s Crusade Black Ribbon Ball, Cincinnati Miles for Melanoma Teams, Full Spectrum Dermatology, Dan & Pam Howard and Dean Packer; Year two: Award in memory of Kent McCullough and Amanda Carter-Horn;


Neuronal apoptosis by the prolyl hydroxylase EgIN3: Oxygen sensing and cancer

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Susanne Schlisio
Institution: Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Award in Memory of Don Aronow


Investigating the role of small Ribonucleic Acids (RNAs) in the progression of cutaneous melanoma

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Soheil Dadras
Institution: Stanford University
The Too Faced Cosmetics’ Love Lisa Award; Year two: Award in honor of Miles for Melanoma Pan-American Bike Ride (in memory of George Madzia), Kelly’s Dream, Wine Country Golf Classic (in memory of Joe Falso and Joe Roth) and Jessica Scruggs;


Inducing potent anti-tumor immunity against melanoma using cytokine/antibody immune complexes

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Paul Antony
Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore
The Brenda MacDonald Melanoma Foundation Award; Year two: The Miles for Melanoma of Delaware Award;