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.

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


Targeting KDM5 Histone Demethylases to Boost Immune Response in Melanoma

Career Development Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Jian Cao, PhD
Institution: Yale University
Funded by the Denver and Chicago Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala Fund-A-Grant


Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Richard White, MD, PhD
Institution:


Targeting EZH2 in the Treatment of Non-Sun-Exposed Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Todd Wechter
Institution: Stony Brook University
Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award


The Role of man1a1 in Immune Evasion During Progression of Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Khiem Tran
Institution: University of Arizona
Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award


Effects of Obesity on the Skin Stress Response and Treatment Outcomes in Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Constance Shreckengost
Institution: Emory University
The Dieter Ernest Memorial Medical Student Award


Determinants of Response and Mechanisms of Resistance to Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocyte Therapy for Metastatic Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Jeff Meng
Institution: Harvard University
Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award