When IMF President and Founder Susie Durie attended a large medical conference, she stood in the auditorium and watched healthcare professionals meet with myeloma experts. Susie thought, “Where are the patients? Why are they not meeting with these experts?” Through this experience, the idea for IMF’s Patient & Family Seminars was born.  

The IMF hosts educational Patient and Family Seminars in cities around the world. These meetings enable patients and their families to learn about the latest developments in myeloma from a panel of world-renowned myeloma experts. Armed with cutting-edge myeloma information, patients can make informed treatment choices. The interactive environment ensures that individual patient questions are addressed. The seminars also create an opportunity for patients to meet and interact with others touched by myeloma. 

What do you get at an IMF Patient and Family Seminar?

Learn vital information on new treatment option in the pipeline and the latest clinical trials.
Access to Experts
Ask myeloma experts your questions about treatment options.
Share your experiences and gain strength from hearing other people's stories, as you become part of the IMF family.
IMF President, Founder, and CEO Susie Durie
Susie Durie
IMF Founder, President, and CEO
I was attending a large medical conference, and I thought, 'Where are the patients? Why are they not meeting with these myeloma experts?' After this, the IMF team and I decided to host our first Patient and Family Seminar.

When are IMF Patient and Family Seminars? 

Due to ongoing concerns over patient safety during the pandemic, all Patient and Family Seminars have transitioned to a virtual format. View the list of upcoming Patient and Family Webinars below: 

Upcoming Events: Patient & Family Seminar

Patient Family Webinar Los Angeles
In this webinar, you will learn about the latest treatments for and management of myeloma. This webinar features a panel discussion about the latest treatments for and management of myeloma led by IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie.
patient and family webinar headshots
This IMF Patient & Family Webinar offers myeloma patients and caregivers up-to-the-minute guidance for staying safe in our COVID-19 world. Ask questions of Dr. Brian Durie and Dr. Warren Brenner learn the latest ideas on myeloma care and treatment and hear one patient’s formula for living your best life. The webinar will shift from the speaker presentations to breakout groups, allowing attendees to engage with speakers in a smaller group setting.

I’m about to attend a Patient and Family Seminar. What should I know in advance?

We suggest you acquaint yourself with the following resources on the IMF website in order to play a more active role in discussions with the faculty panel of myeloma experts. 


Ask Dr. Durie video, "Myeloma 101: What does a newly diagnosed patient need to know?"  Ask Dr. Durie video, "What imaging studies, or scans, should myeloma patients undergo?" 

IMF Patient Handbook

Essential Tests for Diagnosis and Monitoring

Frontline Treatment Options

What Is a Clinical Trial?

Myeloma Acronyms & Abbreviations

Myeloma Terms & Definitions

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