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Melanoma Research Foundation

The Melanoma Research Foundation is dedicated to funding medical research for finding effective treatments and eventually a cure.  We strive to educate patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma; and we are an advocate for the melanoma community to raise the awareness of this disease and the need for a cure.    In addition to programs, services, and activities in specific states (see attachment), the MRF provides the following services nationally: 

  • Website ( Provides all levels of information and support to the melanoma community.
    • Patient Bulletin Board (formerly the Melanoma Patient Information Page) - the oldest and most lively online melanoma community.  Members are from all 50 states, as well as from the international community.
    • Ask the MRF Nurse- Suzanne McGettigan, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCN provides free, personalized answers to questions about melanoma.
  • Regional Volunteer Trainings- In the fall of 2009, MRF began offering multiple volunteer trainings throughout the year, in various American cities (instead of having one annual volunteer training). Moving forward, these trainings have been scheduled in locations near major cancer centers across the United States.  These volunteers engage in awareness-raising and fundraising activities within their communities.
  • Dermatology Interest Groups (DIG) - This is a national organization of dermatology medical students on U.S. medical campuses.  DIG has partnered with MRF and has organized various events and programs on their respective campuses.
  • Awareness and Prevention- MRF distributes thousands of awareness and prevention materials through community health fairs, fundraising events and activities.  The information is prepared specifically by MRF or distributed on behalf of smaller melanoma organizations.
  • Quarterly Newsletter- A glossy, color newsletter highlighting MRF's three part mission: Research, Education, and Advocacy, along with national community and volunteer support.  This newsletter is mailed to approximately 18,000 constituents each quarter, plus bulk shipments to over 80 melanoma centers and clinics across the United States.
  • Research Grants- The MRF awards Established Investigator Grants, providing up to $100,000 over two years, and Career Development Grants, providing up to $50,000 over two years (see attachment).
    • Established Investigator Award: The purpose of this grant is to encourage investigators to attempt high-risk, but potentially high-yield, melanoma research projects.
    • Career Development Award: We continue to support Career Development Awards as a means to encourage junior investigators to enter the field of melanoma research.