Melanoma Awareness Event May 14th, 2018

Written by: Jens Rauch
Written on: Tuesday, 15 May, 2018


Monday 14th May marked the first Skin Cancer Awareness Event at UCD. The event took place in the UCD Student Centre and was organized by SBI in collaboration with the Irish Skin Foundation, colleagues from UCD Conway Institute and BREAST-PREDICT.

Volunteers were based at a stand in the UCD Sports Centre and across the UCD Belfield Campus for this educational awareness event, which was targeted at students, staff and anyone passing by with advice on protecting their skin in the sun as well as showcasing the work undertaken by researchers in UCD. It’s one of many events as part of an international campaign, ‘Melanoma Awareness Month’ which takes place every May. The day was an immense success, with many people leaving with the central message of the importance of protecting their skin as well as information on skin cancer prevention. More than 650 leaflets on skin cancer prevention and sun cream samples were distributed on campus.

In addition, students got involved in a competition to ‘Dress up for the beach’, with prizes kindly donated by BigStyle  &

Systems Biology Ireland has a dedicated team of researchers whose work focuses on the mechanisms that cause melanoma, to  get an understanding of the resistance mechanisms involved in melanoma therapy and try to design novel therapies to combat this disease. The Irish Skin Foundation is a registered charity who supports people with skin diseases including melanoma.

In addition to this Skin Cancer Awareness Event at UCD, SBI is also raising awareness for melanoma by highlighting the work that researchers in SBI and the UCD Conway Institute do by way of a social media campaign. Please follow #UCDMelanomaAwareness  for the daily updates on Twitter.

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