Published Online: July 17, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.4724.
Study concept and design: Malvehy, Puig.
Acquisition of data: Malvehy, Aguilera, Carrera, Salerni, Lovatto, Palou, Alós, Puig.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Malvehy, Salerni, Scope, Marghoob, Palou, Alós, Puig.
Drafting of the manuscript: Malvehy, Aguilera, Puig.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Malvehy, Salerni, Lovatto, Scope, Marghoob, Palou, Alós.
Statistical analysis: Malvehy, Aguilera, Salerni, Puig.
Obtained funding: Malvehy, Puig.
Administrative, technical, and material support: Malvehy, Lovatto.
Study supervision: Malvehy.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: The research at the Melanoma Unit is partially funded by grants 03/0019, 05/0302, 06/0265, and 09/01393 from Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias; by the Centro de Investigacion Biomedica en Red Enfermedades Raras of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III; by the AGAUR 2009 SGR 1337 of the Catalan Government; by contract LSHC-CT-2006-018702 (GenoMEL) from the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme; and by grant CA83115 from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.
Role of the Sponsors: The sponsors had no role in the design or conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, or interpretation of data; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.
Additional Contributions: This work was performed with the participation of the following other members of the Melanoma Unit: Llúcia Alós, MD, Ana Arance, MD, Pedro Arguís, MD, Antonio Campo, MD, Teresa Castel, MD, Carlos Conill, MD, Daniel Gabriel, MD, Pablo Iglesias, MD, Jose Palou, MD, Ramon Rull, MD, Marcelo Sánchez, MD, Sergi Vidal-Sicart, MD, Antonio Vilalta, MD, and Ramon Vilella, MD. Helena Kruyer, PhD, assisted with the English-language editing of the manuscript. We are grateful to all the clinicians who referred the patients to our unit, the fellows involved in the project, and those patients who kindly agreed to allow us to image and sample their tumors and use them for scientific purposes.