Melanoma > Exchange Patient & Advocate Forum
Join the Melanoma Research Alliance, the world’s largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, for an exciting half-day Melanoma > Exchange Patient & Advocate Forum to learn about cutting-edge advances in melanoma, the research pipeline, and the latest in melanoma prevention and early detection. With options to participate in person or virtually, the forum will bring patients, survivors, and loved ones together with world-renowned melanoma clinicians and researchers to learn from each other, get support, and leave empowered.
Topics to be discussed: Separating hope from hype in medical research, new melanoma treatment options, clinical trials, and melanoma prevention and early detection.
Participate In-Person or Online!
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm Lunch & Networking
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Welcome Remarks
Michael Kaplan – President & CEO, Melanoma Research Alliance
1:10 pm – 1:30 pm Introductions: Who We Are. Why We Are Here.
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm The Melanoma Treatment Landscape
Learn where we are, where we’ve been, and where research is taking us.
Rizwan Haq, PhD, MD – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2:20 pm – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Panel Discussion: Hope or hype?
We’ve all see headlines proclaiming the imminent cure for cancer, only to be let down after reading just a few lines. How do you separate hype from hope when it comes to melanoma research?
Liz Szabo – Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
Jason Luke, MD – University of Pittsburgh
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Ask the Expert: Animal Models
What role do animal models play in developing next-generation melanoma therapies?
Liz Patton, PhD – University of Edinburgh
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Break
4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Ask the Expert: Prevention & Early Detection
Today, due to incredible advances in research and treatment, people are living longer than ever with melanoma. But, at the same time, the number of people being diagnosed with melanoma continues to increase year-over-year. Where do we stand on turning the tide?
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm Beyond Checkpoints and BRAF – What Other Treatment Options Exist?
The melanoma treatment landscape has more options than ever. Hear from experts on emerging approaches gaining steam in clinical trials and the clinic.
Stephanie L. Goff, MD – National Cancer Institute
James Moon, PhD – University of Michigan
Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD – University of California, Los Angeles
Moderator: Marlana Orloff, MD – Thomas Jefferson University
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm Closing & Wrap Up
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm MRA Advocate & Researcher Reception
Keep the conversation flowing on the Melanoma > Exchange online discussion community. CureMelanoma.org/Community