Sharing our knowledge of melanoma on the global stage

Sharing our knowledge of melanoma on the global stage

15 April 2021

More than 2,000 clinicians and researchers from across the globe will unite online this weekend for the virtual 10th World Congress of Melanoma in conjunction with the 17th EADO Congress.

As leaders in the field of melanoma, many clinicians and researchers from Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) will be sharing their knowledge as this congress provides an opportunity to educate clinicians on the latest developments in our understanding and treatment of skin cancer.

Here are just a handful of the areas of melanoma research that we will be presenting on:

  • Renowned pathologist and MIA’s Co-Medical Director, Prof Richard Scolyer, will discuss how we can predict the likelihood that a patient’s disease will return by examining the molecular profile of their melanoma.
  • Medical Oncologist and MIA’s Co-Medical Director Prof Georgina Long AO will be delivering a keynote address discussing if a cure for advanced melanoma is on the horizon. She will review the recent advancements in drug development to treat advanced melanoma, as well as outline the challenges we still face to overcome drug resistance. Prof Long will also highlight the importance of getting our prevention messaging across if we truly want to reach our goal of zero deaths from melanoma. 
  • Translational researcher Prof Helen Rizos will be reviewing how circulating DNA in the bloodstream can be used as a marker to monitor disease and treatment response in patients with advanced melanoma. This minimally invasive technique can help monitor patients in real-time and is proving to be a valuable new tool to support the clinical care of patients with melanoma.
  • Dermatologist Prof Diona Damian will be presenting an overview of nicotinamide (vitamin B3) as a preventative measure to reduce the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers in high-risk patients.
  • Using clinical data alone can help predict which patients will respond well to treatment with immunotherapy. However, when Dr James Wilmott and our team of lab researchers examined biopsies taken from patients before immunotherapy, they found that biopsies showing higher numbers of immune cells touching the melanoma were associated with response and tumour shrinkage. Dr Wilmott will share these findings which will ultimately help select the ideal therapies for patients and will be incorporated into our Personalised Immunotherapy Platform.

Through the combined sharing of knowledge, it is inspiring to see the global commitment to enhancing our understanding of melanoma that will ultimately improve the care of melanoma patients.

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