We are working hard to make new discoveries about Merkel Cell Polyomavirus. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with MCC, check out our page for patients and friends for resources and information.





KSHV LANA generates novel cytoplasmic proteins through non canonical translation initiation J Virol. 2012 Dec 19


Dr. Reety Arora defends her PhD thesis and publishes a killer paper in Science Translational Medicine. Congratulations, Reety! Badhai ho!


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Welcome MCC Patients and Friends

Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Merkel Cell Polyomavirus

Find out how you can make a difference in Merkel cell carcinoma:

YOU MATTER - We are working to find a cure to MCC. We are looking for individuals with MCC and those who are immediate relatives to someone diagnosed with MCC who would like to be involved in our research studies. If you are interested in helping us, please contact Dr. Yuan Chang at 412-623-7716 or yc70@pitt.edu.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS - If you or a family member is affected by cancer, particularly Merkel cell carcinoma, then you have a very poignant message to give to your congressman about the need to support all forms of nonmilitary biomedical research in the US, including basic, translational, and applied research. If you have not done so already, write to them and also visit the American Cancer Society Advocacy webpage.

Here's an update on how YOU have been helping: November 2009 Update

Support - A Merkel cell carcinoma support group can be found here.

Donations – Donations for research may be sent to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) to support Merkel Cell Carcinoma Research.

UPCI Development Dept.
Attn: Dr. Yuan Chang
Hillman Cancer Center Research Pavilion
Suite 1.8
5117 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Memo: For MCV research