Mar 01, 2022

Mapping Melanoma to Better Understand Skin Cancers

The Mountain West region is well known for its natural beauty and its plethora of outdoor attractions and activities. With that time spent in the sun, the risk of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, increases. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute are taking a deeper look at melanocytes, the cells where melanoma originates, in order to improve treatments.

Nov 23, 2021

Researchers Uncover Insights into How Moles Change into Melanoma

Melanoma researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute published a study that gives a new explanation of what causes moles to change into melanoma. These findings pave the way for more research into how to reduce the risk of melanoma, delay development, and detect melanoma early.

Nov 10, 2021

Honoring a Veteran and a Brother

Ben Graham was an Army National Guardsman veteran that succumbed to metastatic melanoma in April 2021. His sister, Becky Davis, recounts what made him so special and the amazing tribute HCI employees gave him after his passing.

Sep 02, 2021

Insights about Melanocytes Could Lead to Targeted Melanoma Treatments

Huntsman Cancer Institute melanoma researchers have generated the first “atlas” of where human melanocytes are located in the body. In analyzing the atlas data, the team discovered different types of melanocytes, including what looks to be the cell of origin for an understudied subtype called acral melanoma, which mostly affects people of color.

Jul 19, 2021

Revolutionary Immunotherapy and Ben & Jerry’s: A Melanoma Patient’s Story

Max Rosett faced melanoma as a young adult and a decade later, he is cancer free. He describes how he felt after being diagnosed, the outstanding treatment he received at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the revolutionary immunotherapy clinical trials that helped save his life.

May 11, 2021

New Research Outlines Driver in Immune Cell’s Defense against Melanoma

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute have found critical new insights into how cells defend against melanoma. In a report published in Nature Communications, the team describes how an enzyme called nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase, or NAMPT, initiates antitumor activity. The researchers suggest that new therapies strengthening this pathway in immune cells could be the foundation for more effective treatments against melanoma.

Apr 08, 2021

Research Shows Melanoma Incidence and Mortality Higher in Utah

Utah had more melanoma deaths than any other state from 1975 to 2013, says a letter published today by HCI researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine. In contrast to the rest of the United States, melanoma mortality in Utah increased by 0.8% per year over that period. The researchers say this data emphasizes the need to stay vigilant about preventing melanoma.

Apr 01, 2021

Banding Together to Advance Scientific Progress

When cancer researchers from different disciplines work together, they gain new insights into how cancer begins and how it can be treated. HCI is committed to providing an atmosphere where ideas can be created, cultivated, and shared. Here are some examples of how HCI scientists are collaborating to accelerate progress in cancer research.