New Studies Examine the Use of Liquid Biopsies and the Possible Causes of Myeloma

Two newly published studies that received funding from the IMF Black Swan Research Initiative® show how myeloma might be diagnosed and monitored in the future, and, perhaps, the genetic factors that might cause the disease. In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie translates the studies’ implications and offers important caveats for patients to keep in mind. 

 

International Myeloma Workshop: the spirit of India and the emerging myeloma community

The 16th International Myeloma Workshop was held in New Delhi, India March 1-4. This gathering of those interested in myeloma from around the world was definitely a global amalgam. The format included multiple short presentations to encompass the full range of scientific and clinical topics.

The Importance of Having a Plan

When a myeloma treatment or research plan comes together, it can be a great achievement. But it is unlikely to occur by chance. The goals and options need to be laid out very carefully ahead of time.

Why expertise is important in guiding treatment planning, myeloma research, and much more

A new book, “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters,” highlights the disconcerting rise in anti-expertise sentiment in the U.S. In the era of Wikipedia and Google, everyone can be his or her own “expert.” The bounty of information available is a positive development. But the notion that experts can be wrong and therefore cannot be trusted is a dangerous one.

Global Collaboration Essential to Achieve a Cure for Myeloma

“Our primary objective is to cure myeloma by preventing malignant transformation in patients at risk.” Those are the words of Bruno Paiva, principal investigator of our Black Swan Research Initiative® (BSRI) project in Pamplona, Spain. To truly achieve this, the 200-plus members of the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) are collaborating on and implementing multiple research projects around the world.

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