Date and Location:


July 19-20, 2024

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America
2141 Lindau Lane Bloomington, MN 55425 


Register to Attend the Free Patient and Family Seminar

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is excited to announce that the 2024 Minneapolis Patient and Family Seminar will take place on July 19-20, 2024, in Bloomington, MN. The seminar is FREE, but in-person seating is LIMITED. 

IMF Patient and Family Seminars gather highly esteemed global myeloma researchers and healthcare professionals under one roof to share the latest developments in the field of myeloma and to answer your questions about the disease firsthand.  

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Keynote Speaker: Morie Gertz, MD

Morie Gertz, MD (Mayo Clinic—Rochester, MN) will present a keynote on: What is the Future of Myeloma?

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Additional Event Speakers
IMF CEO Yelak Biru
Yelak Biru
IMF President and CEO
Laura Bielke Esq.
Triage Cancer
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Jonathan Kaufman MD
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
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Joseph Mikhael MD, MEd, FRCPC, FACP
International Myeloma Foundation Chief Medical Officer, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), City of Hope Cancer Center
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Jeffrey Zonder, MD
Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI
Wendy Thomas Headshot
Wendy Thomas RN, MSN, CHPN
Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion - University of Kansas Health System, KC Area Myeloma Support Group Leader
Teresa Miceli Headshot
Teresa Miceli RN, BSN, OCN
International Myeloma Foundation, Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
Rahma Warsame MD
Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
Topics Covered in this Seminar
Hot Topics in Myeloma — Presented by Joseph Mikhael, MD
Shared Decision Making — Presented by Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN Resource Review — Presented by Robin Tuohy
Advanced Care Planning — Recording from Wendy Thomas, RN
Myeloma 101 & Understanding Your Labs — Presented by Dr. Joseph Mikhael, MD, and Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN
Financial Considerations in Myeloma — Presented by Laura Bielke, Esq., Staff Attorney, Triage Cancer
Clinical Trials & Patient/Care Partner Testimonial — Presented by Joseph Mikhael, MD and Yelak Biru
Patient, President & CEO Address Presented by Yelak Biru




Saturday's agenda will include: 

An "Ask the Experts" Session

  • Led by IMF Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Mikhael along with the faculty panel

Morning Breakout Sessions: Treatment Approaches in Myeloma (Choose One)

  • “Newly Diagnosed: An Approach to Frontline Therapy” led by Jeffrey Zonder, MD, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI
  • “An Approach to Relapsed Myeloma” led by Jonathan Kaufman, MD Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University — Atlanta, GA

Symptom Management and Living Well with Myeloma — Presented by Beth Faiman, PhD, MSN, APN-BC, BMTCN, AOCN, FAAN, FAPO

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Patient and Care Partners (Choose One)

  • Patients Only – Lessons Learned with Michael Tuohy, Patient and IMF Support Group Leader
  • Care Partners Only with Robin Tuohy, IMF Vice President, Support Groups 

Learn Myeloma Terms and Definitions:

Additional Resources:

Multiple Myeloma Informational Booklets:

Download myeloma educational publications created by the International Myeloma Foundation.

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