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HMS’s Harlow receives award from melanoma foundation

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The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) awarded its Established Investigator Grant to Edward E. Harlow, the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research and Teaching at Harvard Medical School (HMS), on Feb. 24.

The MRF’s Established Investigator Grant provides funding of up to $100,000 per year for two years to established researchers in melanoma or those in closely related fields who wish to move into melanoma research.

Harlow, the head of the department of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology, and dean for research at HMS, will use a new large-scale screening tool to find proteins essential to MITF — the gene responsible for the growth and development of normal melanocytes — then use those proteins to control the gene and study how it may affect melanoma tumor growth.