Support Dr. David Polsky's Melanoma Research Program

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Dear Friends,

The Ronald O, Perelman Department of Dermatology is at the forefront of much of the new, cutting-edge research into skin cancers. I am delighted to be part of the Department and to share the news of our lab which is studying 7 novel DNA-based blood tests to help doctors manage patients with metastatic melanoma

The lab has received funding from the National Cancer Institute along with assistance from two biomedical companies. However there is still a need for philanthropic contributions to help us expand the studies to determine the broad viability of the tests.

In particular, we need funding for supplies and manpower to run a large set of patient samples from a melanoma clinical trial so we can determine the potential usefulness of these blood tests for patients with different stages of melanoma. We also need a new ultra-low temperature freezer to store the patient samples as our current freezer is over 20 years old. We cannot afford to have a freezer malfunction with such valuable samples on hand.

I hope you will consider joining our research team as we seek to develop a metastatic melanoma ‘early warning system’ using these blood tests.  Identifying and treating metastatic melanoma at the earliest possible time maximizes the chance of cure for patients facing this devastating disease. Here are a few examples of what your philanthropy can make possible: 


  • $2,500 funds DNA extraction from 100 blood samples.  We need to run approximately 4,000 additional samples.


  • $5,000 funds laboratory supplies for one month.


  • $10,000 funds laboratory staff for one month.


  • $20,000 funds a new ultra-low temperature freezer for sample storage.


A gift of any amount helps expand our studies and brings improved treatments faster to patients, our number one goal. Our entire research team joins in thanking you for your consideration. 

David Polsky, MD, PhD

This campaign supports: Melanoma Basic Research (David Polsky, MD)


Keep up the good fight in early diagnosis and curing melanoma.
Good luck - keep going..

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