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How does skin and blood immunity affect development of melanoma

09 September 2019

We are studying how the immune system both in the skin and in the blood can predispose people to developing melanoma.
We are studying a group of patients with Familial Melanoma Syndrome, who have a mutation in a vital gene which helps prevent cancer. This gene doesn't function as well for these patients and so they develop melanoma.
To see what differences in the immune system they have, we need to compare experiments done with their blood and skin to those of normal, healthy volunteers.


  • Healthy Female, Caucasian aged 50-60 years

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by University College London Hospitals, and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital ethics departments

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I'm a trainee dermatologist and PhD student at UCL

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