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With another ongoing spike in the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across the U.S., IMF Chairman of the Board Brian G.M. Durie reassesses the situation in his blog to clarify what actions need to be taken and to provide proper guidance to myeloma patients anew. Dr. Durie brings to light the rise of new omicron subvariants, the possibility of a “sixth wave,” and elaborates on ways to keep safe during these new COVID-19 surges and waves. He advises myeloma patients to reach out to the IMF’s InfoLine for expert advice and support during these difficult times. Call the InfoLine at 1-800-452-2873 and leave a message (phone lines are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST) or email [email protected].
The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) announced today that Fatima Scipione, former Head of Global Oncology Patient Advocacy and Engagement at Takeda Oncology, has been named as the IMF’s new Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and External Affairs. IMF President & CEO Yelak Biru is truly elated to have Fatima on board: "I am thrilled to have Fatima join our team as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and External Affairs. Fatima is one of the most caring, patient-centered, compassionate leaders I have ever encountered in my myeloma and business journeys. Fatima's decades of myeloma-focused, cross-vertical, and global collaboration experience as well as her commitment to excellence will be key accelerators in accomplishing the IMF’s mission which focuses on research, education, support, and advocacy.” To know more about Fatima, read the IMF’s press release.
The IMF Regional Community Workshop – Midwest will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 a.m. PT/ 9:00 a.m. MDT/ 10:00 a.m. CT/ 11:00 a.m. ET. IMF Senior Director of Regional Community Workshops Kelly Cox will kick off the workshop. Guest speakers include Morie Gertz, MD (Mayo Clinic—Rochester, MN), Al-Ola Abdallah, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center—Kansas City, KS), and IMF Nurse Leadership Board (NLB) Member Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN (Mayo Clinic—Rochester, MN). The workshop will include an introduction to myeloma, upfront treatments at diagnosis, maintenance therapy, relapse information, and an update on clinical trials. IMF NLB Member Teresa Miceli will talk about managing side effects and symptoms of myeloma and its treatments. After each presentation with the experts, attendees will have ample time to ask questions.
The Brian D. Novis Research Grants, established in memory of the IMF’s co-founder, are traditionally awarded at the “Living Well with Myeloma” patient presentation which takes place every year at the annual meeting and exposition of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). This year, the presentations were conducted online. Since 1994, the IMF has funded more than 150 of the most promising myeloma research projects by talented investigators from leading institutions around the world. The IMF’s commitment to supporting important myeloma research has improved patient outcomes and has brought us closer to fulfilling our mission — the search for a cure. To learn more about the 2022 Brian D. Novis Grant recipients, read the full publication of the 2022 Spring Edition of Myeloma Today.
Our hearts go to all innocent victims of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
As a global organization, the International Myeloma Foundation supports — and will continue to support — every myeloma patient, caregiver, doctor, researcher, and advocate going through struggles and difficulties brought about by the war in Ukraine.
As an advocate for hope and resilience among the members of the myeloma community, the IMF is here for you — and even to a greater degree, during this most difficult time.
Our mission is clear, and our steadfast commitment continues — to improve the quality of life of myeloma patients across the globe, while working toward prevention and a cure.
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