On March 17th the International Myeloma foundation (IMF) established the Asian Myeloma Network (AMN) at a meeting in Singapore.
Composed of myeloma experts from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Rep. of Korea Singapore, and Thailand, the IMF Asian Myeloma Network—the first of its kind in the region—will take the lead in projects to assist IMF in providing physician education and patient support throughout Asia. Multiple Myeloma is a growing health problem in Asia, with an incidence that is approaching that in western countries, but with a much larger population base.
The initial focus of the network will be the development of a unified data base to assess the incidence of myeloma in Asian countries as a key step in the designing of region-specific treatment management tools and strategies. The IMF will provide help establishing this integrated Asian data base with the creation of a template for data entry. Intended future projects will include the establishment of Asian clinical trials, as well as the development of informational resource materials in local languages, especially for patients and care givers. The extensive library of educational materials and publications on the IMF website myeloma.org will be available as a guide.
A formal yearly meeting will be held to review the Network’s progress and plan future projects; the next is scheduled for Shanghai, China in 2012.