Distinguishing Fast-Growing vs. Dormant Melanomas
Dr. Schuchter leads a global, multi-institutional research team that includes investigators from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), The Wistar Institute, Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre (University of Edinburgh), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai that focuses on the mechanisms that distinguish (and mark) fast-growing melanomas from those that are dormant. The first goal of the project is to identify biomarkers of active metastasis. Secondly, the team defines how tumor cells become "dormant," and why at some point, they get "awakened." The third goal is to validate treatments that could attack both dividing and silent melanoma cells. The fourth objective is to mentor and empower female researchers in the melanoma field.