Myeloma Minute: October 1, 2015

Black Swan Research Initiative Team Member Wins Prestigious Award

Dr. Bruno Paiva, a member of IMF's Black Swan Research Initiative team, won the Bart Barlogie Young Investigator Award on Saturday at the International Myeloma Workshop in Rome. Dr. Paiva's primary research area is the assessment of minimal residual disease (MRD), and in his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie writes, "This award acknowledges Bruno individually and the importance of the MRD approach to searching for a cure for myeloma." To read Dr. Durie's blog, click HERE.


Exciting Silent Auctions Items Continue to Stack Up for IMF's 9th Annual Comedy Celebration

Not only is this year's 9th Annual Comedy Celebration gala packed with talented comics Tig Notaro, Fred Willard, and Heather McDonald, but the number of silent auction items up for bidding continues to grow! Unique experiences like a visit to the “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” broadcast control booth; a visit to the set of “New Girl,” starring Zooey Deschanel; and an autographed guitar signed by Joe Walsh have all been added. Remember, proceeds from the event benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund, as well as support the Black Swan Research Initiative®, the IMF's collaborative project aimed at developing the first definitive cure for myeloma. The night kicks off at 6 pm, next Saturday, October 10 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club in Los Angeles. You can purchase tickets HERE.


Get Your Copy of Newest IMF Publication:Understanding the Immune System in Myeloma

The human immune system is extremely complex, with multiple mechanisms that work together to protect and defend your health. Myeloma suppresses immune system responses and compromises its ability to protect your body. The latest in the IMF’s Understanding series of booklets designed to acquaint readers with treatments and supportive care measures for multiple myeloma is Understanding the Immune System in Myeloma. Download your free copy, HERE.


The 3rd Annual Miracles for Myeloma Race

The 3rd Annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K run/walk took place last Saturday, September 26 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ. This year's event was again a big success, with over 550 participants and over $97,000 raised to support the research and resources of the IMF's search to cure multiple myeloma. Congratulations to all who succesfully competed in the event and a big thanks for those who volunteered and donated.


Register Now for the Next Living Well with Myeloma Teleconference on October 8

Frequently asked myeloma questions will be answered at the upcoming “Living Well With Myeloma” series on Thursday, October 8. “Nurse Leadership Board Members Address Patient and Caregiver Questions” is the title of this informative teleconference, featuring speakers Beth Faiman PhD, APRN-BC, AOCN® and Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN®. These dedicated myeloma nurses will tackle common questions of myeloma patients and caregivers like, “What are the most effective and available diagnostic tools?” and many more. The 60-minute teleconference begins at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET. To register, please click HERE.

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