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Stand Up to Cancer and Melanoma Research Alliance announce dream team
Date:12/14/2011

>Sharp chaired the SU2CMRA Joint Scientific Advisory Committee (JSAC) in its unique, interactive, rapid and rigorous evaluation of Dream Team applications via a multi-step scientific review process. The committee is composed of highly accomplished senior laboratory researchers and physician-scientists, as well as advocates. JSAC vice chairpersons include Suzanne L. Topalian, M.D., professor of surgery and director of the Melanoma Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University, and also Chief Science Officer at the MRA, and William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D., professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The review process began with a call for ideas issued by the AACR in May, coinciding with National Melanoma Awareness Month. In response, the AACR received 17 submissions, all of which were evaluated by the JSAC members.

The committee then chose three finalist teams, which each met in person with the JSAC to present the plans for their research, and respond to questions about their projects a level of interaction between applicants and reviewers that is unique in a scientific review process.

Since the launch of SU2C in 2008, the AACR has played an integral role as SU2C's scientific partner by providing expert peer review and grants administration, as well as ongoing scientific oversight to ensure that progress is being made. The AACR will work closely with the MRA, the largest private funder of melanoma research.

"We are very excited about the synergy between the AACR, SU2C and MRA on the first collaborative Dream Team model. The team has great potential for providing new hope for patients with a type of melanoma that is particularly challenging to treat, and for further advancing the field," said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D., (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR.

Melanoma Dream Team Principals and Advocate Members

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Contact: Adam Pockriss
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212-843-8286
American Association for Cancer Research
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