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August 21, 2014
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Living Well with Myeloma: Understanding the Immune System and Lab Values in Myeloma

Saturday, September 6, 2014
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8th Annual Comedy Celebration
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The IMF Announces the 8th Annual Comedy Celebration

Comedian Ray Romano will return as the host of the IMF’s 8th Annual Comedy Celebration benefitting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative®. A special performance of the hilarious satire “Celebrity Autobiography” will anchor this year’s. The highly acclaimed production features actors, including Doris Roberts, Patricia Heaton, and Fred Willard, reading excerpts from memoirs written by the rich and famous. The Comedy Celebration takes place Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club in Los Angeles and includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, and VIP Champagne & Dessert Reception. CLICK HERE for more information and event updates.

Dr. Brian Durie to Receive Mayo Clinic’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Brian Durie has been selected as one of this year’s Distinguished Alumni by the Mayo Clinic. Each year since 1981, the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has given Distinguished Alumni Awards to four individuals who have been recognized nationally, and often internationally, in their fields of medicine. On October 20, 2014, Dr. Durie, who completed residencies and fellowships at the Mayo Clinic, will be honored for his “exceptional contributions” in myeloma research. Dr. Durie is only the second person to be honored for his work in blood cancer, following myeloma pioneer Dr. Robert Kyle. Congratulations, Dr. Durie!


IMF’s Master Class Brings Myeloma Doctors from China to Share Expertise

This week, the IMF welcomed a group of physicians from China's top medical institutions to the organization’s 3rd Annual Myeloma Master Class. The comprehensive educational forum, created and led by Dr. Brian Durie and structured around the IMF’s “Ten Steps to Better Care,” is designed to help physicians learn about the latest thinking in myeloma diagnosis and treatment. “They will have the opportunity to see first-hand how myeloma patients are diagnosed and treated in the US,” said Dr. Durie, who has been visiting China since 1990. Additional Master Class faculty included Drs. Bill Bensinger, Vincent Rajkumar, Joseph Mikhael and Robert Vescio. The Chinese doctors will cap off their visit at the Los Angeles Patient & Family Seminar.

ASCO Post Features Profile of Myeloma Patient Advocate Mike Katz

IMF board member Mike Katz is profiled in the latest issue of the ASCO Post, a publication of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Writer Jo Cavallo talked with Katz about his advocacy for myeloma patients and how he has helped to alter the standard of care. “I’ve always chosen to live my life as if I didn’t have cancer,” Katz said. “I just face forward and try to do everything I want to do, working around symptoms and treatment side effects.” You can READ MORE page 144.


Living Well with Myeloma: Understanding the Immune System and Lab Values in Myeloma

Don’t forget that IMF's popular Living Well with Myeloma teleconference series returns next week, with "Understanding the Immune System and Lab Values in Myeloma." The discussion and Q&A will be led by IMF Nurse Leadership Board member Ann McNeill, RN, MSN, APRN-C, Multiple Myeloma Division, Hackensack University Medical Center. CLICK HERE to register for the free teleconference, which will be held on Thursday, August 28th at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT.

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