Finding new treatment targets for advanced melanoma


Professor Gabrielle Belz

The University of Queensland


2021 - 2023

The Research

Melanoma of the skin is the fourth most common cancer in Australia, with over 16,000 people expected to be diagnosed with the disease this year. Unlike other cancers of the skin, melanoma can spread throughout the body if not treated early. Termed ‘metastatic melanoma’ this advanced form of the disease kills one Australian every 5 hours.

Once melanoma has spread, the most effective treatment is immunotherapy. These immunotherapies harness the power of immune T cells to attack tumour cells. However, more than 40% of metastatic melanoma patients are not cured with these therapies. New treatments approaches need to be identified for these patients.


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