Current research into skin cancer
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Saving lives through research
Our research into melanoma is focused on bringing better treatments to people with the disease, and includes research to better understand the biology of this type of cancer and leading clinical trials of new treatments. Here are some examples of what’s happening right now.
Our current researchers
Investigating a new molecule
Dr Victoria Sanz-Moreno is investigating a particular molecule called ROCK in melanoma. She is looking at how ROCK works as cancer grows, spreads and becomes resistant to treatments. This will suggest whether it is a good target for future melanoma treatments.
Understanding the underlying biology
Professor Richard Marais is a world-leader in melanoma research. His team are tackling this, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, by investigating the underlying biology of the disease. They want to understand why treatment sometimes stops working, and help develop new drugs to treat the disease. They’re also trying to understand why melanoma develops and spreads so quickly.
Understanding the risks
Professor Tim Bishop in Leeds is studying many thousands of people with melanoma. He is looking at inherited risk factors, such as skin colour, and the preventable risk factor of UV light. He hopes to see how these factors combine and find a way to determine people's risk of melanoma. The results will help target health advice about sun exposure to those most at risk.