Category: Science


Full Sails Ahead: Immunotherapy Shows Continued Survival Benefit for Patients Facing Advanced Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 28 July 2021 In News, Science, Treatment

After carefully following patients enrolled in Checkmate 067 over the last 6.5 years, he and the research team determined that 49% of patients treated with Opdivo + Yervoy were alive at 6.5 years and 77% of these patients remained treatment-free. This represents the longest reported median overall survival in a phase 3 melanoma clinical trial – ever.

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Biomarkers: What They Are, Why They Matter, and Where They are Going

22 July 2021 In Allies & Partnerships, Science, Treatment

The melanoma treatment field has been rewarded recently with an abundance of riches. But all these exciting new treatment options for patients can also create complexity and confusion. Fortunately, help is on the way in the form of biomarkers — molecular or cellular indicators for whether a patient is likely to respond or is currently responding to their therapy, or whether they are likely to have a recurrence of their cancer.

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Melanoma Research Alliance Announces 13 Dermatology Fellowship Award Recipients

9 July 2021 In News, Science

The Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, is proud to announce its 2021 Dermatology Fellowship Award recipients.

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Setting the Groundwork for Patient-Centric 1st in Human Clinical Trial Funding Opportunities

7 July 2021 In Allies & Partnerships, News, Science

From Michael Kaplan, MRA President & CEO: There is a reason the word “Alliance” is in our name! The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) knows that to achieve our mission of ending suffering and death due to melanoma, broad partnerships and collaborations are required. In this spirit, MRA entered its first partnership with...

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2021 AACR and ASCO Melanoma Highlights

By Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 29 June 2021 In News, Science, Treatment

Over the last few months, thousands of scientists and physicians from around the globe gathered virtually for two of the largest cancer research conferences – AACR and ASCO. Melanoma research advances were showcased at both events and it’s an exciting time with numerous presentations of clinical trials for new melanoma treatments. Here we highlight some of the most exciting results from both conferences.

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New Immunotherapy Drugs Targeting LAG-3 Show Great Promise

By Kristen Mueller, Ph.D., MRA Scientific Program Director | 23 June 2021 In News, Science, Treatment

Researchers presented a series of highly encouraging clinical trial results at the recent American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting that suggest that new drugs targeting the protein LAG-3 – developed by BMS and Regeneron – may be an important addition to the current treatment arsenal.

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Averting and Treating Immune-related Adverse Events Associated with Checkpoint Immunotherapies

14 June 2021 In Science, Treatment

Checkpoint inhibitors are therapies that empower the immune system to kill cancer cells. However, sometimes immune-related adverse events (irAE) can also occur as a result. To help overcome this challenge, MRA has issued a number of research grants, including some in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), to support an array of approaches.

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Advancing Melanoma Research in Times of Uncertainty

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 9 June 2021 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories, Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Each year, the annual MRA Scientific Retreat brings hundreds of people from across the melanoma research ecosystem together to exchange ideas, report on scientific progress, celebrate achievements, and mourn the losses. In these ways, the 2021 Retreat was no different.

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Separating Hope From Hype in Melanoma Research

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 4 June 2021 In Science, Treatment

In the last decade alone 13 therapeutic approaches have earned FDA approval giving patients, families, and clinicians new tools to treat melanoma. But there can be a fine line between hope and hype, especially today when news — both true and inflated — travels instantly via the internet and social media.

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MRA's Acral Melanoma Cell Line Catalog: A Launching Pad for Research

By Raj Talukdar, MRA Science Intern | 25 May 2021 In Science

In a collaborative effort to facilitate research focused on acral melanoma, MRA has created and annotated a catalog of acral melanoma cell lines from various institutions worldwide. The catalog includes cell lines created by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Wistar Institute, Yale University, the University of Zurich, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia and more.

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