GenoMEL (Latin America)


Dr Francisco Cuellar


Dr Susana Puig

For the past three years we have been identifying cases of familial melanoma and multiple primary melanoma in Latin America. Both data and samples have been gathered for use in studies of CDKN2A (p16/p14ARF), CDK4 and MC1R at the Molecular Genetics Laboratory (MGL) of the Hospital Clnic of Barcelona (HCB).

This work is ongoing and we are anticipating a series of publications in 2009/2010.

Leaders in participant countries


Dr Horacio Cabo


Dr Gilles Landman


Dr Enrique Morales and Dr Claudia Balestrini


Dr Cesar Merlano


Dr Blanca Carlos and Julio Salas


Dr Alejandra Larre-Borges

Presentations (a brief selection)

Genetic risk factors for melanoma development in Latin America
Presented at the 16th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress, Vienna, Austria, May 2007 and the 20th World Congress of Dermatology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 2007.

Report of a novel CDKN2A germ line mutation in two melanoma prone families from Uruguay
Presented at the 21st World Congress of Dermatology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 2007. This work received an award as one of the top three poster presentations.

Interview about GenoMEL project
Presented on the Uruguayan TV show: “Calidad de Vida”. (Dr. Larre-Borges, Montevideo, Uruguay, December 2008).