$9.6 million to be put toward melanoma research
April 17, 2013
There are many types of cancer that affect millions of people around the world every year. While for some strains, there are things that can be done to avoid becoming sick, there aren't any cures yet, excluding removing the infected cells. In an effort to reverse this, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) recently announced grants totaling $9.6 million will go to 49 scientists at various academic organizations worldwide.
The hope is to use the money to fund research that will result in new treatments and a cure for melanoma. Since 2007, the MRA has given a total of nearly $48 million in research grants.
"This year's grants are at the cutting edge of the most promising areas of inquiry in the field of melanoma research, including better understanding of genetic factors underlying risk and new treatment approaches to cure or control melanoma once it has spread," MRA president and CEO Wendy Selig explained.
The MRA was formed in 2007 by Debra and Leon Black after the former was diagnosed with melanoma. The problem growth was taken off in a series of surgeries and the skin cancer eradicated, Black explained in a piece for The Huffington Post. Now, the couple aims to uncover new information about the condition, and all of the donations made to the nonprofit organization go directly toward research.
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