More than 120,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma each year and Outrun the Sun works hard to increase their chances for survival. The Melanoma Research Scholar program supports young investigators who actively seek new, effective therapies. Outrun the Sun has supported 22 melanoma research scholars at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Institutes of Medicine, UC-Irvine, University of Minnesota, Wake Forest University, New York University, Kimmel Cancer Center, University of Chicago, MD Anderson, Indiana University Glick Eye Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, St. John’s University and Medical University of South Carolina. Gifts from the Pamela Hene Melanoma Research Fund, William E. Holland Melanoma Research Fund and the Rochester Melanoma Action Group help support this program.

2017 Melanoma Research and Education Forum

On November 9, Outrun the Sun hosted six of its Melanoma Research Scholars at the 2017 Melanoma Patient Education and Research Forum. This is the first time that an expert panel of this size and caliber gathered in Indianapolis to engage with the community. The evening began with a welcoming reception followed by a panel discussion and special remarks. Patients, caregivers, physicians, medical students and those interested in skin cancer and melanoma attended this free forum.

Guests learned about scholars’ research programs and therapies and treatments available to melanoma patients. A panel discussion was moderated by Barbara Lewis, Business of Health Reporter, Inside Indiana Business, and joined by Douglas J. Schwartzentruber, MD, Medical Director for Cancer Services, Indiana University Health. Panelists included:

Steve Barthel, Ph,D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Chi Luo, Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Ketankumar Patel, Ph.D.,  St. John’s University, Queens, NY
Jessica Teh, Ph.D., Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
Brian J. Wilson, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Akihiro Yoshida, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, SC

A featured speaker was Jiali Han, Ph.D., Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University. Dr. Han is internationally recognized for his work, which involves better understanding the influence of genetic and environmental factors on the etiology and prevention of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

Watch the  2017 Melanoma Patient Education and Research Forum panel discussion:

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