Myeloma Today Summer 2013 Volume 9 Issue 3


Dear Reader 


  • The IMF convened the first-ever Global Leaders’ Summit in Stockholm, Sweden.

Scientific & Clinical

  • Dr. Kazuyuki Shimizu, president of the 14th International Myeloma Workshop (IMW), shares some of the highlights of this important biennial event.
  • IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie discusses the Black Swan Research Initiative™ (BSRI™), an exciting breakthrough in myeloma.

Nurse Leadership Board

  • The NLB presents New Paradigms in Multiple Myeloma Management Satellite Symposium, a satellite symposium at the 38th Annual Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

Supportive Care

  • IMF Hotline Coordinators Answer Your Questions - "What is clonal evolution?”

Medical Updates

  • The latest myeloma research that was presented at ASCO 2013 is now available to YOU with the click of a mouse!
  • Live from Stockholm – The IMF brings the latest myeloma news to a global audience via live and recorded webcasts, including…
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fast-tracks the human CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab.
  • Dr. Brian G.M Durie is featured on BBC radio program “Food, Cancer and Well-Being,” an in-depth look at the role of diet.
  • IMF Responds to proposed changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) PET scan policy.
  • Dr. Suzanne Lentzsch, a myeloma researcher at Columbia University Medical Center and member of the IMF’s International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) wins a $100,000 research grant from the American Society of Hematology (ASH).
  • The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is creating a searchable database of information on the treatment of cancer patients typically not studied in clinical trials.

Staff Updates

IMF welcomes Kelly Quiggle and Miko Santos.

Education and Awareness

  • Spotlight on Advocacy
  • IMF holds Capitol Hill briefing on health disparities in cancer
  • Introduction of H.R.1801, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act
  • The IMF Advocacy Voice: Get Fired Up! Raise Your Voice! Get Out There and Take Action!
  • How to contact the IMF Advocacy Team
  • 2013 Myeloma Awareness Month report from Robin Tuohy (Senior Director, Support Groups) and Aimee Martin (Grassroots Liaison)

International Affiliates

  • Updates from Around the Globe
  • IMF in China by Dr. Brian G.M. Durie
  • AMN meeting in Japan by Dan Navid

Support Groups

  • 2013 has truly become the year of the MM support groups, with 22 new groups holding or organizing their inaugural gatherings!​

Investing in the Future 

  • John & Dorothy O’Dwyer, founding donors for The Black Swan Research Initiative™ make a commitment of $500,000 with the goal of finding the cure for myeloma​

Charitable Gift Annuities

  • IMF announces new donor program
  • The epitome of a win-win investment​

Member Events - IMFers raise funds to benefit myeloma community

  • The IMF plays at Ladies Game Day
  • Iron Chef Fun-Raiser
  • Dairy Queen for a Day
  • Shop for the Cure!​

2013 IMF Calendar of Events
Letters to the IMF

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