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.

Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2018
Principal Investigator: A. Hunter Shain, PhD
Institution:


Society for Melanoma Research Christopher J. Marshall Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Vito Rebecca, PhD
Institution:


Innovative Approaches for GNAQ/11 Mutant Characterization and Therapeutic Targeting

Pilot Proposal 2018
Principal Investigator: Walter Fast, PhD
Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Made possible through the efforts of the MRF as well as the generosity of Jack Odell, John Dagres and their supporters.


A Novel Peripheral Blood Biomarker for Early Diagnosis of Uveal Melanoma

Career Development Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Alison Skalet, MD, PhD
Institution: Oregon Health & Science University

Partially funded by the Philadelphia Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala Fund-A-Grant


Network Rewiring in Melanoma Due to Transcription Factor Isoform Switching

Career Development Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Gloria Sheynkman, PhD
Institution: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Funded by the DC Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala


Using the ESC-GEMM Approach to Study Mucosal Melanoma In Vivo

Career Development Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Florian Karreth, PhD
Institution: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Funded by The Cavan Foundation


In Vivo Model of Human Melanoma Using a Novel Neural Crest Chimera System

Established Investigator Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Rudolf Jaenisch, MD
Institution: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research


Targeting HDAC8 to Overcome the Acquisition of Drug Tolerance in Melanoma

Career Development Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Michael Emmons, PhD
Institution: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Funded by the NYC Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala Fund-A-Grant


Inhibiting BRD9 in Melanoma

Established Investigator Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Ivana de la Serna, PhD
Institution: University of Toledo


RAC1 Mutant Melanoma: Models and Therapeutics

Established Investigator Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Chernoff, MD, PhD
Institution: Fox Chase Cancer Center