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Myeloma Minute: Special Edition - the IMF in Stockholm!

This special edition of the Myeloma Minute comes to you from Stockholm, Sweden, where the International Myeloma Foundation team has been reaching across borders this week to collaborate on myeloma research and patient advocacy on the eve of the 18th Annual Congress of the European Hematology Association (which begins here on Friday, June 14).
Collaborating Across Borders to Advance Myeloma Research and Advocacy

More than seventy of the world's leading myeloma experts gathered in Stockholm this week for the 4th Annual International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Summit: "Key Questions 2013." Organized by the IMF and led by IMF Chairman Brian GM Durie, MD, the Summit brings together researchers from around the world each year to grapple with subjects of vital concern to the myeloma community. "This collaborative effort has made a profound difference in bringing forward breakthroughs in treatment options and diagnostic systems that prolong lives," said Dr. Durie.

On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week, presentations of myeloma data prompted energetic discussions between audience members and panelists in the main auditorium. The need to arrive at a consensus for a definition of "early myeloma" was a popular subject, as was the question of how early to begin myeloma treatment, a topic which was returned to repeatedly throughout the Summit. In the collegial spirit that characterizes the IMWG Summit, participants divided up into small working groups and, over lunch Tuesday, shared ideas about "Frontline Therapy," "Maintenance Therapy," "Transplant," and "CR Assessment and MRD."

A new feature of the Summit this year was the participation by representatives of myeloma patient organizations from Latin America, Canada and the U.S., who brought their personal perspectives to the discussions. As IMF President and Co-founder Susie Novis told attendees, "It's so important to include patient groups here. Nothing can make patients do better than when they know a cure is somewhere in the future."
The Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award Bestowed in a Historic Swedish Setting
The Hall of Mirrors at Stockholm's Grand Hotel was the historic setting for the IMF's 11th Annual Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award held on Tuesday evening and honoring Prof. Gösta Gahrton of the Karolinska Institutet. The ballroom was where the first Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet took place beginning in 1901 and continued until the ceremony was moved to larger quarters in 1926. After listening to testimony about his outstanding work in the field of multiple myeloma, Prof. Gahrton took the stage and joked, "At times like this, maybe you have to take all this with a grain of salt." Then he graciously thanked everyone with whom he had collaborated, as well as his wife, Astrid, their children and grandchildren, and "the whole myeloma community!"

Missed the Live Webcast of 'Making Sense of Treatment'? Watch an Archive of the IMWG's Popular Conference Series Debate
If you missed the live webcast this week of "Making Sense of Treatment," the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Conference Series broadcast from the 2013 IMWG Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, you can watch an archived version. Myeloma experts Dr. Brian GM Durie, Chairman and Co-founder of the IMF, Dr. Joseph Mikhael, Dr. Ola Landgren, and Dr. Antonio Palumbo tackle the key questions facing myeloma doctors and their patients, and reveal what, in their opinions, are the hottest topics in the myeloma field today.WATCH HERE

Watch Archive of IMF International Journalists' Workshop from Stockholm
Journalists from Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK came to the IMF International Journalists' Workshop in Stockholm Thursday evening to report on the latest developments in myeloma research. Briefing the international media were Dr. Brian GM Durie, IMF Chairman and Co-founder; Dr. Xavier Leleu, Hôpital Claude Huriez, CHRU, Lille, France; and Dr. Paul Richardson, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. WATCH THE ARCHIVED WEBCAST HERE

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