The pledge will fund melanoma fellowships, with the goal of developing more effective strategies for detecting, preventing, controlling and, ultimately, curing skin cancer.
The donation supports a year-long research fellowship for Yuna Oh, a medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine. At MSK, she will focus her research efforts on expanding the clinical utility of reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), a noninvasive imaging technology that captures in vivo photos and videos of the top skin layers in real time to help physicians and scientists noninvasively visualize whether a lesion is suspicious or not before excising skin.
"As an alumnus of MSK, I am honored to have the privilege to give back to the institution and support the critical research they are doing to develop skin cancer detection technology," said Dennis Gross, MD, board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of the namesake brand. "I am excited by RCM's potential to give key insights on the molecular makeup of melanoma—scientific breakthroughs that are going to save lives."