MIA experts collaborate on groundbreaking research
16 January 2019
In another collaborative effort in our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma, Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) has contributed its expertise to an exciting new study published in the prestigious journal Nature.
Led by researchers from Perth’s Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Melbourne, the study aimed to discover the specific mechanisms behind immune-mediated equilibrium – the reason malignant cells can remain dormant in a patient for years without manifesting as disease.
MIA’s Co-Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer, post-doctoral researcher, Dr James Wilmott, and collaborator, Dr Mainthan Palendira, were all responsible for intellectual input and data interpretation. MIA PhD student Jarem Edwards assisted in performing experiments for the study and analysing the resultant data.
The study found that a particular type of immune cell - tissue-resident memory (TRM) T cells - were responsible for patrolling melanoma cells and keeping them in check. When they removed this type of cell from the body of mice with melanoma, the melanoma cells were re-established and allowed to grow.
The hope is that this research will pave the way for investigators to manipulate this mechanism and control and maintain melanoma, and other cancers, in a dormant state for life, effectively curing patients.
Image: Imaging of cells keeping cancer in dormancy - Jason Waithman research.png (Telethon Kids Institute)
Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.
Australian television presenter, interior designer and mother Kyly Clarke has been announced as the new Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and its national awareness and fundraising campaign Melanoma March.
Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.
Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Australian researchers have played a critical role in the discovery of a potential new test to predict which early stage melanoma patients are at high risk of their disease recurring and progressing.
We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.
An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.
Melanoma patients and their families in the Riverina will benefit from strengthened and sustained melanoma services with the merger of the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition.
It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!
Videos of the sessions at the recent Patient Information Evening co-hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) are now available for viewing.
MIA is well-represented in the poster sessions at the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in the USA, with four poster presentations being given by members of our translational research lab.
Professor Georgina Long has today opened the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah.
MIA’s Co-Medical Directors, Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer, have both been named Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list.
Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) and Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) have announced a new multi-year agreement to provide enhanced support services for melanoma patients nationally.
It is time again to say thank you to our incredible community fundraisers who are helping us get closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
MIA has presented promising data regarding progression-free survival rates for advanced melanoma patients at the ESMO 2019 Congress in Barcelona.
Another month has flown by and yet again we have a host of amazing community fundraisers who generously gave up their time to help us reach our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.