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.

Role of lysosomal thiolreductase GILT in the activation of melanoma-specific T lymphocytes

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Karen Taraszka Hastings
Institution: University of Arizona
Award in Honor of Kelly’s Dream and The New Jersey Miles for Melanoma; Year two: Award in memory of Kathy Bowers, Randy G. Johnson, Larry Poplawski, Greg Conrad, Mark Bartulis, Phillips Geraghty, Nancy Fox, Michael Nelms, Steve Casey, Leo Hart, John Alexander Lewis, Jacqueline Anne Cogar, Tom Triphahn and Stephen Tancos;


Particle mediated epidermal delivery of xenogeneic gp100 DNA vaccines for melanoma

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Jedd Wolchok
Institution:
The Life4Life Foundation Award


Regulation of melanoma metastasis by the tumor microenvironment: The role of Platelet Activating Factor (PAF) and PAF receptor

Career Development Award 2009
Principal Investigator: Vladislava Melnikova
Institution: MD Anderson Cancer Center
Award in memory of Michael Geltrude and James O. Robbins; funding provided by the Mike Geltrude Foundation and JCK Foundation;


Targeting kinases to treat melanomas

Career Development Award 2009
Principal Investigator: SubbaRao Madhunapantula
Institution: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Award in honor of 2008 Wings of Hope Recipient: Dr. Howard Kaufman and The Too Faced Cosmetics’ Love Lisa Award; Year two: In memory of Doug Gillespie, Karl J. Nelson, Linda K. Snyder, George Madzia, Nancy Fox, Scarlet Lawrence Akins and Kent mcCullough.


Targeted therapy for melanoma

Career Development Award 2009
Principal Investigator: Keiran Smalley
Institution: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Award from The Bill Walter III Melanoma Research Fund, The New Jersey Miles for Melanoma and in honor of Landa Martin; Year two: In memory of Linda Transou and Tricia Elaine black; In honor of participants of the Delaware Miles for Melanoma and the Elm Grove Wine Tasting;


Requirements for MITF-regulated melanomas: Identification of novel drug targets

Established Investigator Award 2009
Principal Investigator: Edward Harlow
Institution: Harvard Medical School
The Diana Ashby Award; Year two: In memory of SSgt Jon Warrington, Paul Mikalauskas, Bruce Schocken, Tom Butler, Robert Hansen, Tom Barner, Deb Sandry, Kathy Domijan and Kerry Daveline;


MicroRNA in regulation and targeting of the cKit receptor in malignant melanoma

Career Development Award 2009
Principal Investigator: Vitali Alexeev
Institution: Thomas Jefferson University
The Susan Fazio Foundation for Melanoma Research Award; Year two: In memory of Michelle Rigney and Susan Fazio; In honor of participants of the New Jersey Miles for Melanoma;