Vitamin D and melanoma: new podcast

NICE asked Professor Julia Newton-Bishop to discuss why vitamin D was considered by the Clinical Melanoma Guideline and this is the link to her podcast

 

New GenoMEL paper

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has published a new GenoMEL paper examining the role of chromosomal telomere length in melanoma. The research involved creating a score representing genetically determined telomere length, based on all the established telomere associated genes and found that this score correlated with melanoma risk.

In an associated press release author Dr Mark Iles summarised the research, ‚ÄúTelomeres have been described as being like the plastic tips on shoelaces that protect the shoelace from fraying, just as telomeres protect chromosomes from degrading or fusing to one another. For the first time, we have established that the genes controlling the length of these telomeres play a part in the risk of developing melanoma.”

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Telomeres are akin to shoe lace caps (aglets)

2015 meeting

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The last annual meeting was in Lund, Sweden in May 2015. At this meeting a new related training network was launched called MELGEN (see the MELGEN section of the web site). MELGEN is a Marie Curie training network funded by the EU Horizon 2020 in which 17 new PhD students will be trained across Europe.

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