Articles by Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications


For Melanoma Researcher Dr. Betina Yanez, It’s All About the Journey

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 27 July 2020 In Science

If you close your eyes and imagine what a melanoma researcher looks like, Dr. Betina Yanez is probably not what you imagine. That’s because Dr. Yanez, a health psychologist by training, isn’t your typical melanoma researcher. Instead of researching new treatment targets or experimental combination therapies, she focuses on patient experience and quality of life.

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Putting Her Faith in Research & Her Doctor

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 23 July 2020 In Melanoma Stories, Treatment

All things considered, things are looking up for Margaret Oplinger. A marble-sized tumor is all that’s left of her Stage 4 melanoma; and her ongoing treatment, every-other week with nivolumab (Opdivo®), will hopefully enable her immune system to attack – and eliminate – this last remnant.

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Painting a Portrait of the Melanoma Clinical Trial Participant

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 26 June 2020 In Allies & Partnerships

MRA Chief Science Officer Marc Hurlbert, MRA Director of Communications Cody Barnett, and Antidote's Head of Partnerships Lindsey Wahlstrom-Edwards discuss what matters most to melanoma patients when it comes to participating in clinical trials.

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From Dermatology to Treatment: Second Opinions, Clinical Trials & becoming Your Own Best Advocate

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 29 May 2020 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

Through his journey with melanoma, Patrick has learned the importance of always being his own best advocate, getting second opinions, and considering clinical trials.

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Facing Melanoma Together

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 20 May 2020 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories

Measuring the progress of melanoma research through numbers isn’t hard. What’s harder to quantify – or to even put into words – is the individual impact that this research makes in the lives of patients and their loved ones. It's this human impact that Facing Melanoma Together, a series of black and white photographs, helps bring to the forefront.

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From Anger to Hope – One Uveal Melanoma Patient’s Journey

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 20 May 2020 In Melanoma Stories

Unlike many of the stories featured by CureMelanoma.org, Melody Burchett’s journey with melanoma didn’t start at her dermatologist’s office. Instead, Melody's journey with melanoma began with a pair of broken glasses that needed replacing, ASAP.

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Putting Healthy Skin First - L’Oréal Active Cosmetics Division & MRA Strengthen Longstanding L’Oréal and MRA Partnership

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 1 May 2020 In Allies & Partnerships, News, Science

Some partnerships just make sense. For example, L’Oréal-owned SkinCeuticals, CeraVe and La Roche-Posay apart of the L’Oreal Active Cosmetics Division and MRA both share a mission and ethos for promoting healthy skin. It is no surprise that the two are longtime partners in the fight against melanoma. In fact, these brands and MRA have just announced an expanded partnership just in time for Melanoma Awareness Month.

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MRA Announces $11 Million for 26 Grant Awards to Advance Melanoma Research

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 30 April 2020 In News, Science

With the world’s attention focused on the response to COVID-19, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) knows that long after this pandemic has ended, melanoma research will still be urgently needed. To this end, and in recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, is proud to announce funding for 26 research awards totaling $10.9 million.

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To the Twilight Zone & Back – Ian Schuman’s Story

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 31 March 2020 In Melanoma Stories

For Ian Schuman, the news of his melanoma diagnosis came as a shock. For him, it all started in the spring of 2018 when he noticed a small lump on his left collar bone. As part of preliminary testing before the surgery to remove it, he also had a biopsy.

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Dr. Villanueva Takes Aim at NRAS Mutant Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 28 March 2020 In Melanoma Stories, Science, Treatment

When Dr. Villanueva began her work in melanoma, some 15 years ago, it was the perfect scientific challenge. How could a disease be so aggressive – and still be such a mystery?
Then things got personal.

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About the Author
Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications


Cody R. Barnett joined the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) as Director of Communications in August of 2017. He works to develop and cultivate strategies, messages, and stories that propel MRA’s mission forward. Cody is responsible for media relations, web and social marketing, publications and materials development, and organizational branding. He is committed to using the power of visual, verbal, and written communications to promote MRA as a powerful force for advancing melanoma research.

Before joining the Melanoma Research Alliance, Cody served as Director of Communications at AIDS United, where he directed all internal, public, member, and online communications for the national HIV-focused organization. Previous to this, he managed digital communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative.

Cody earned his Master of Public Health (MPH), concentrating in health policy, from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from York College of Pennsylvania. 

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