PHILADELPHIA Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) and SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), today announced a new Dream Team dedicated to melanoma research. Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D., and Patricia M. LoRusso, D.O., will lead the Dream Team project entitled "Personalized Medicine for Patients with BRAF Wild-Type (BRAFwt) Cancer."
Melanoma of the skin is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, where one person dies from the disease every hour.
"Having a Dream Team of physicians and scientists focus on such an important and unmet need for patients who are not able to benefit from the latest breakthrough drugs is a most welcome development," said Debra Black, co-founder and chair of the Melanoma Research Alliance. "MRA's joining with Stand Up To Cancer and the AACR to fund such a talented and committed team marks an event of great significance that could herald the next wave of discoveries for patients and all those at risk for being diagnosed with this deadly skin cancer."
"Combining resources to compete against this disease and accelerating the pace of cancer research are twin pillars of the Stand Up To Cancer approach, and we were delighted to work with the Melanoma Research Alliance on our first grant made in collaboration with another foundation," said Sherry Lansing, one of Stand Up To Cancer's co-founders. "Another exciting first is having Dr. LoRusso as the first woman among SU2C's Dream Team leaders and co-leaders."
Trent, an internationally recognized expert in molecular-based systems biology approaches to cancer, will serve as Dream Team leader. He is president and research director at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Az., where he is also professor in the genetic basis of human disease division and head of the melanoma therapeutics lab. He also holds a similar title at the Van Andel Research Inst
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