Blond McIndoe Research Foundation ‘melanoma research’ update by Yella Martin.
The Blond McIndoe Research Foundation has over 50 years experience in research for the benefit of patients. Together with the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, we have set up an exciting research collaboration, which sees scientist at the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation working together with the clinicians at the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit at Queen Victoria Hospital and scientists at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
Our melanoma research project is now really getting under way. We are working on small molecules called microRNAs, which are known to play a role in different cancers. Our aim is to identify the frequency of the many microRNAs in the blood of melanoma patients.
We were joined by a new team member, Dr. Sarah Smalley, in October and have almost finished recruiting all the patients needed for our study. We are currently testing all the laboratory methods to make sure everything is set up and working properly when the final samples arrive.