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Bank On A Cure® Press Kit
NEW YORK (May 9, 2005) –The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) today announces the launch of Bank On A Cure®, the first myeloma-specific, cancer-patient DNA bank in history. Bank On A Cure was created to advance research, to provide better treatments in the short term, and to find a cure for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow.
05.15.05  Webcast of the Official Launch of BANK ON A CURE®
On May 9, 2005, the IMF and the Honorable Geraldine Ferraro officially launched Bank On A Cure®, the first myeloma-specific, cancer-patient DNA bank in history. Ms. Ferraro was diagnosed with myeloma in 1998.

05.05.05  Bank On A Cure® Launch Press Release
International Myeloma Foundation Launches World’s First DNA Database for Myeloma Patients
Geraldine Ferraro Donates DNA Sample to Bank On A Cure

05.05.05  Bank On A Cure® Questions & Answers
Taking the Guesswork Out of Myeloma

05.05.05  Bank On a Cure® Frequently Asked Medical Questions
What is myeloma? How will Bank On A Cure® affect treatment? What is DNA? What is a gene? What is a SNP? And many more questions.

05.05.05  Bank On A Cure® Scientific Advisory Board
Bank On A Cure has a distinguished international scientific advisory board.

05.05.05  International Myeloma Foundation Fact Sheet
Established in 1990 by Brian and Susie Novis and Dr. Brian G.M. Durie, the IMF is the world’s first non-profit organization dedicated to multiple myeloma research, patient support, education, and advocacy.

05.05.05  IMF Patient Programs and Services
The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) provides invaluable support for patients and families dealing with multiple myeloma through comprehensive education, advocacy and support initiatives.

05.05.05  Bank On A Cure® Brian Van Ness, Ph.D.
Brian Van Ness, Ph.D., is co-director of the International Myeloma Foundation’s Bank On A Cure®, the world’s first databank of myeloma patient DNA and information. He is also professor and head of the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center in Minneapolis, Minn. His research focuses on exploring how different genes can influence disease progression and therapeutic response, particularly with regard to multiple myeloma.

05.05.05  Bank On A Cure® on the IMF Website
During the last decade scientists mapped the human genome providing a bridge to understanding human DNA. During the first decade of this century the International Myeloma Foundation will cross that bridge by pioneering the first global myeloma-specific DNA bank in history: Bank On A Cure®.