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.

February 26, 2020
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Salon IV Washington DC 20005
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