MRF 2006 Research Grants

On Wednesday night the Melanoma Research Foundation Board approved all named grants for 2006. As you might know, our priority goal is to attract young scientists to the field of melanoma research and have established our two-year, $100,000 junior investigator grants to do just that. This year we will award five first-year grants and three second-year renewal grants.

It is my pleasure to notify you and your family that one of our new junior investigator grants will be named in part in memory of George Madzia. The grant will be awarded to Dr. Mikhail Nikiforov at the University of Michigan. Dr. Nikiforov’s research is titled “Small Molecule Antagonists of Oncoprotein Myc as Inhibitors of Maligant Melanoma.” A layman’s write up on his two-year, $100,000 research grant will be in our Winter newsletter. This grant will be called “Award in Memory of Thomas W. Barner, Michael Benson, Warren C. Coloney, Art Fuller, Robert Hanson, Randy G. Johnson and George Madzia.”

We are all proud and grateful for what you, your family and friends did this past year and are most respectful in having this grant in memory of George Madzia.

Bill Marsch
The Melanoma Research Foundation

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