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Myeloma Minute Special Edition: Updates from the International Myeloma Workshop in Sydney, Australia


Update from Down Under!

The International Myeloma Foundation is pleased to bring you comprehensive coverage of the landmark Xth International Myeloma Workshop, held recently in Sydney, Australia. The International Myeloma Workshop is the largest conference of its type in the world for clinicians and researchers dedicated to scientific progress in the experimental, clinical and therapeutic areas of multiple myeloma.

The IMF's trip to Sydney was an occasion to marvel at how quickly things can evolve in a relatively short period of time, for it was only 16 years ago that the International Myeloma Workshop first began.

The year was 1987.  The place:  Blenham Palace, London, England.  The first bone marrow transplants for myeloma patients had recently been performed, and Drs. Tim McElwain, Jim Malpas and Peter Selby felt that the myeloma caregiver community was at a crossroads.  In a posh, green velvet room, thirty-five myeloma specialists congregated to form a think tank, known as the Ist International Myeloma Workshop.  The time spent was fruitful and affirming, and the attendees decided they wanted to replicate the experience.

The following year, the IInd International Myeloma Workshop was held stateside, in Houston, Texas, chaired by Dr. Ray Alexanian.  Fifty people attended.

With momentum and enthusiasm on their side, the workshops continued:

III:        1992, Torino, Italy. Dr. Alessandro Pileri, Chair.

IV:       1993, Rochester, MN.  Dr. Robert Kyle, Chair.

V:         1995, LaBaule, France.   Dr. Jean-Luc Harrouseau, Dr. Régis Bataille, Chairs. (Sponsored by the IMF.)

VI:       1997, Boston, MA.  Dr. Kenneth Anderson, Chair.

VII:      1999, Stockholm, Sweden.  Dr. Håkan Mellstedt, Dr. Gostä Gharton, Chairs.

VIII:     2001, Banff, Alberta, Canada.  Dr. Linda Pilarski, Dr. Andrew Belch, Chairs.

IX:       2003, Salamanca, Spain.  Dr. Jesús San Miguel, Dr. Joan Bladé, Chairs.

This year’s Xth International Myeloma Workshop was chaired by Dr. Douglas Joshua, although at this point to call is a “workshop” is a bit of a misnomer.  With over 1000 participants from all over the world, it is a large, vital affair; a landmark event for the myeloma community. 

The IMF is proud to be able to bring you summaries for all sessions. And, the majority of the presenters agreed to provide access to their slides so that you can review in detail what was presented.

We have filmed a number of the sessions and presenters so that you can view video of key sessions and presentations online. Videos are still being prepared for web access and will be available within the next few days.

We will also be publishing a printed guide to the workshop which will have a companion DVD. If you are interested in receiving this guide when it is published, be sure to sign up for our electronic newsletter, the Myeloma Minute, so that you will know when it is available.

We hope you find this special update useful.

Go to the IMF's Report from Sydney.

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