Molecular genetics of melanoma predisposition [ 2002 - 2004 ]

Also known as: Understanding genes that cause melanoma

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Graham Mann (Principal investigator) ,  Prof Richard Kefford

Brief description Melanoma is one of Australia s major cancer problems, but we still do not completely understand why certain people are at higher risk than others. This study is focussed on people who have a strong family history of melanoma, and is part of continuing efforts to identify the gene variants that contribute to melanoma risk. Most of the work described takes place as part of national and international collaborations to map and identify these melanoma susceptibility genes and to characterise their effects. Potential benefits from this research will be a better understanding of the place of genetic testing in assessing people s risk of melanoma, particularly if they have relatives with the disease, and way in which skin features like moles should be taken into account in that assessment. In addition, it is likely that better information about the genes altered in melanoma susceptibility and development will point to useful targets for development of novel anti-cancer agents.

Funding Amount $AUD 339,480.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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