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Cancer researcher awarded $750,000 to help develop new melanoma treatments

Dr. Roger Lo

Dr. Roger Lo

The American Skin Association has awarded UCLA’s Dr. Roger Lo the Abby S. and Howard P. Milstein Innovation Award for Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Research.

As part of the award, Lo, who is professor of dermatology and molecular and medical pharmacology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, with will receive $750,000 to help speed research discoveries for prevention, new treatments, and ultimately, a cure for the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Lo’s research focus is on genomic, epigenomic and immunologic factors that shape the cancer’s evolution on molecularly targeted therapies and/or immune checkpoint inhibitors. He has led research into resistance mechanisms against a promising class of drugs known as BRAF inhibitors and discovered ways to block multiple resistance routes and shrink tumors in people with advanced disease.

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