Myeloma Minute: CNN Spotlights IMF-Funded Myeloma Research Project in Iceland

CNN Spotlights IMF-Funded Myeloma Research Project in Iceland

In the latest episode of “Vital Signs,” CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta travels to Iceland, where he interviews International Myeloma Foundation Chairman Dr. Brian Durie and Principal Investigator Dr. Sigurdur Kristinsson about the Black Swan Research Initiative® iStopMM project.

Launched in the fall of 2016, the study aims to identify the possible causes and a cure for myeloma. Dr. Gupta positions the study as an important part of the immense innovative science taking place on this tiny island nation, referring to iStopMM as an “unprecedented study,” and Iceland, the scene of a “research revolution.”

Iceland is ideal for researching the possible causes and cure for myeloma because of its deep trove of genealogic and genetic data. The population of Iceland is approximately 325,000, of which 140,000 are over the age of 40. The goal is to get all of them to enroll in the iStopMM study. “Already, in just a few months,” Dr. Gupta reports, “they're halfway there.”

While scientists don’t really know what causes myeloma, Dr. Durie tells Dr. Gupta that myeloma is always preceded by a precursor state. “What we're hoping to learn is why people develop that precursor state, and, perhaps even more importantly, why they progress from that precursor state into the active myeloma,” he says.

A higher incidence of myeloma in the residents of Akranes, a fishing town outside of Reykjavik and home to a large aluminum smelter, may point to a possible answer.

“Even in a pristine place like Iceland, people could be exposed to toxic chemicals,” Dr. Durie tells CNN. “This might be a risk factor that we could evaluate.”

Iceland is just one of more than 30 locations around the globe where the IMF is leading the charge to find a cure for multiple myeloma with its Black Swan Research Initiative.

The broadcast will air on CNN International at the following times:

· Saturday, March 18 at 1:30 AM ET and 2:30 PM ET

· Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 AM ET

· Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 AM ET

· Sunday, March 26 at 1:30 AM ET and 2:30 PM ET Stay tuned for updates on this broadcast airing on CNN in the US. Read Dr. Durie’s blog about the episode here. Learn more about the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative here and the iStopMM project here.

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