CURE OM, the MRF's Initiative on Ocular Melanoma

Founded in 2011, CURE OM (the Community United for Research and Education of Ocular Melanoma) is the MRF's initiative to increase awareness, education, treatment and research funding for ocular melanoma, while improving the lives of people affected by this disease. The CURE OM initiative excels because of the hard work and dedication of the CURE OM Steering Committee, the CURE OM Scientific Steering Committee and the MRF Staff

CURE OM’s mission

The mission of CURE OM is to support research and accelerate the development of effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for ocular melanoma through innovative strategies including international and interdisciplinary collaborations; to improve the lives of people affected by ocular melanoma by creating systems and programs to provide education and support; and to advocate for the ocular melanoma community.

View the CURE OM Brochure. Having an event or program? Order CURE OM brochures by emailing

Want to get involved with CURE OM? Learn about our volunteer opportunities or read the Eye on OM newsletter!

CURE OM's Education Program

CURE OM's education program includes the annual Eyes on a Cure: Patient & Caregiver Symposium. The 2015 symposium was held in Atlanta, GA from March 4-6, 2016. SAVE THE DATE for March 2017 in Washington, DC for the 2017 Symposium! Exact dates to be announced soon!

View recordings and slides from the 2015 Eyes on a Cure: Patient & Caregiver Symposium!

We also host ocular melanoma educational webinars and have a variety of resources for ocular melanoma patients and their families, including supportive resources and treatment information. 

CURE OM's Research Program

Learn about ocular melanoma research grants that have been awarded. The review process is currently underway for the 2016 grant cycle where two additional CURE OM research grants will be awarded. To date, $800,000 has been given out in research grants and soon that amount will jump to over $1 milion!

Want to support the MRF's CURE OM initiative?

It's simple and your donation will go directly to CURE OM! Just click HERE to donate online - you can select CURE OM at the bottom of the page! You can also email with "CURE OM Donation" in the subject line!

About Ocular Melanoma

Ocular melanoma is a form of melanoma that develops in the eye. It is the most common eye cancer in adults and the second most common type of melanoma. Approximately 2,000 Americans are diagnosed with ocular melanoma each year, and 50 percent of these cases spread to other parts of the body. When this occurs, it is most often fatal.

There are treatments to help alleviate symptoms and extend life, but there is no known cure for ocular melanoma. Visit our ocular melanoma section to learn more about this type of melanoma, and visit our clinical trial finder to find out about new, emerging treatment options. You may also like to download the OM Fact Sheet.