About the SMR

Overview

The SMR’s principal goal is bringing together members who vary widely in their professions—from basic researchers to translational researchers to clinicians— but share an abiding devotion to improving the lives of those suffering from melanoma through research.

In coming years, with the incorporation of new technologies into experimental and clinical research, we expect rapid advances in cutaneous melanoma prevention, diagnosis and therapy. To bring new technology-based discoveries from bench to bedside and back, we will need to attain a far greater level of cooperation between labs and clinics. In addition, we expect to develop specific inhibitors for metastatic melanoma, rendering it in the next few years a treatable disease.

However, we face major challenges in securing funding, building infrastructure, and gaining expertise in new technologies. To meet these challenges, we will need to form multidisciplinary collaborations. SMR, through yearly congresses, workshops, and its website, will play the role of a catalyst.