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Pieter Sonneveld to Receive 2015 Robert A. Kyle Award

IMF will present Prof. Dr. Pieter Sonneveld with the 13th Annual Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony during the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Summit in Vienna, Austria on June 9, 2015. IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie said of Dr. Sonneveld and his pending honor, “His work perfectly reflects the words of Dr. William Mayo, founder of Mayo Clinic, who challenged the nature of patient care nearly a century ago when he said ‘The needs of the patient are the only needs to be considered.’ ” Read more about Prof. Dr. Pieter Sonneveld HERE.


Improving the Immune System in Myeloma Patients

Dr. Brian Durie writes this week about emerging monoclonal antibody therapies that show promise in boosting the immune system in myeloma patients. As myeloma evolves, it reduces normal plasma cells and often reduces the ability for a patient to fight infections. In order for the immune system to bounce back, the myeloma cells must be killed. CLICK HERE to read Dr. Durie’s blog.


Ixazomib Clinical Trial Seeking Myeloma Patients


Takeda Oncology is recruiting myeloma patients to participate in a multicenter, open-label study of ixazomib, its investigational oral proteasome inhibitor. Eligible patients have not received prior systemic treatment for myeloma and are ineligible for high-dose therapy stem cell transplantation due to age or comorbid diseases, or have relapsed/refractory myeloma. Ixazomib was granted orphan drug designation in myeloma in both the U.S. and Europe in 2011, and is the first oral proteasome inhibitor to enter Phase 3 clinical trials. CLICK HERE for more information on the clinical trial.


Replay of Immune System Teleconference Now Available

If you missed last week’s Living Well with Myeloma teleconference on the topic of “Understanding the Immune System in Myeloma,” it is now available via the IMF’s replay. The teleconference, which dealt with the various parts of the immune system and how they vary between a healthy person and a myeloma patient, was hosted by the IMF’s Dr. Brian Durie, who also explained different immune therapies as well as the strides made by the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative®. CLICK HERE to catch up on the news and listen to the replay.


Rep. Brian Higgins Sponsors National #MAM Resolution



Myeloma Awareness Month is wrapping up this year with the introduction of a national resolution (H. Res. 174) to designate March as "National Myeloma Awareness Month.” The resolution would add to the immense successes of patient advocates across the country who have already received proclamations for their individual states, counties, and cities. The resolution sponsor, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), has been a strong ally of the IMF for the past several years, and has also been the lead sponsor of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act since its inception in 2009. The IMF thanks Rep. Higgins for his leadership, along with the two other original sponsors, Rep. Eleanor Norton (D-NY) and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL). To find out more about the resolution and to see if your representative is a sponsor, please CLICK HERE.

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