Our Mission

Welcome to the CU Center for Rare Melanomas, a joint clinical and research center dedicated to the understanding and treatment of rare, non-sun related types of melanoma such as mucosal, acral, and ocular. Our mission is to uncover causes and improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of rare melanomas through:

  • Cutting-edge basic, epidemiologic, and translational research
  • Development of clinical testing specifically for rare melanomas
  • Initiation of clinical trials designed for patients with rare melanomas
  • Building a collaborative network to link rare melanoma researchers and clinicians world-wide
  • Increase awareness of rare melanomas in the medical community and general public

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Center Overview


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  • About the Patten-Davis Foundation 

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Clinic Overview


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Research Overview


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    Presenting rare melanoma research at the 2019 International Congress of the Society for Melanoma Research

    Nov 20, 2019 by CU Center for Rare Melanomas
    This year’s annual meeting of the Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) will take place from November 20-23 in Salt Lake City, UT. Once again, SMR has designated a special session of the Congress specifically to rare melanomas. Dr. Kasey Couts will be presenting her research on mucosal melanoma immune responses in this session. Other research personnel, including Robert Van Gulick and Morgan MacBeth, will be presenting posters on their research involving rare melanomas including a summary of the biorepository’s rare melanoma models and the identification of a new BRAF gene splice variant in ocular melanoma. You can follow highlights from this year’s meeting on SMR’s twitter account (@SocietyMelanoma).
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    Establishment of the CU Center for Rare Melanomas

    Nov 20, 2019 by Garth Sundem
    When you think of melanoma, you picture the sun. But there is another rare class of these dangerous melanomas that has nothing to do with sun exposure. Building on a unique expertise developed while researching and treating Colorado’s mile-high rate of sun-associated melanoma, University of Colorado Cancer Center recently earned designation as a Center for Rare Melanomas. The Center was established from a $1.5M award from the Patten Davis Foundation, and will help the team capture data from their clinical efforts that will aid in creating new understanding of, and new treatments, for the condition.
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