News and Events

Genetic analysis of melanoma in New Zealand a first

16 May 2016

South Islanders’ melanomas are significantly more likely than those of North Islanders to carry an NRAS mutation, according to the first comprehensive genetic analysis of melanoma in New Zealand.   The findings have implications for mutation-targeted drug therapies and for patient outcomes, according to Professor Mike Eccles, a MelNet Executive Committee member and co-leader of the study.

October 2016 Melanoma Conference in Sydney

11 May 2016

A major international melanoma conference will be held in Sydney later this year.  Register now to take advantage of having this event that is just across the Tasman!

Indoor tanning: melanoma risk and prevention interventions

11 May 2016

This review argues for an aggressive initiative to reduce indoor tanning in the United States, to design prevention efforts tailored towards specific high risk groups, and the need to better inform the public of the risks of indoor tanning.

Latest issue of Dermatology Research Review

7 May 2016

Highlights of the latest issues of Dermatology Research Review include a report of a helpful smartphone app for checking pigmented moles, a Swedish study of the perils of sun avoidance and a NZ study of dermatological disease in the elderly.

South Island Common Skin Lesions and Dermatoscopy Course

5 May 2016

Conducted by Honorary Associate Professor Amanda Oakley, this one-day course in Christchurch on 9 July will address clinical and dermatoscopic diagnosis of common benign and malignant skin lesions, particularly pigmented lesions.  

PHARMAC proposes to fund nivolumab (Opdivo)

4 May 2016

PHARMAC is seeking feedback by 25 May 2016 on a proposal to fund nivolumab (Opdivo) for patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma.  The MelNet Executive Committee feedback to PHARMAC can be found here.