(May 2014) A five-year melanoma research project led by William Robinson, MD, $5 million
With the funding, investigators plan to conduct next- DNA sequencing of up to 3,000 tissues and blood cell samples housed at a melanoma biorepository on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Previous research had focused on a small number of genes involved in the development and treatment of melanoma. The new technique, made possible by this gift, will allow investigators to examine all 20,000 genes in each cancer.
“Melanoma has become the poster child for the development of new molecularly targeted therapies, due to the rapid advances that have been made recently in melanoma research,”
Public education in the U.S. about melanoma risk factors must continue, Robinson says.
“A majority of the sun exposure that leads to