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Senior Grant Recipient

William Matsui

William Matsui, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Division of Hematologic Malignancies
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, MD

2nd year funding for project:
"Hedgehog Signaling in Myeloma Cancer Stem Cells"

IMF Japan AKI Award: in memory of IMF Japan Founder Akira (AKI) Horinouchi

Yutaka Okuno

Yutaka Okuno, M.D.
Kumamoto University
Kumamoto, Japan

Research Project Title:
"Establishment of Models for Multiple Myeloma"

Junior Grant Recipients

Silvia Ling

Silvia Ling, M.D., MBBS, FRCPA, FRACP
Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology
Newton, NSW Australia

2nd year funding award for project:
"Role of XBP-1 in drug resistance of multiple myeloma"


Sonia Vallet

Sonia Vallet, M.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Project Title:
"A novel CCR1 inhibitor for the treatment of osteolytic bone disease in Multiple Myeloma"

Dr. Vallet's research is being co-funded by grants from Member FUNdraisers Music Against Myeloma in honor of Mark Rubin, and The WAMP Swim in honor of Jeffrey Stafford.


Karin Vanderkerken

Karin Vanderkerken, Ph.D.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Brussels, Belgium

Project title:
"Targeting Multiple Myeloma with nanobodies: study in the 5TMM model"


Jing Yang

Jing Yang, Ph.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Project Title:
"Targeting B2-Microglobulin for Induction of Tumor Cell Apoptosis in Myeloma"

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