11th Annual IMF Comedy Celebration Fuels Myeloma Research

On Saturday, November 4, IMF president Susie Novis Durie and I will have the great pleasure once again of welcoming our guests to the 11th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund. 

Rapidly Expanding CRISPR Toolbox Could Make Us All Healthier and Save the Planet

Rapidly expanding CRISPR toolbox could make us all healthier and save the planet

Two recent publications in the prestigious journals Nature and Science illustrate how gene editing can be further enhanced. In The Scientist, Catherine Offord provides an excellent summary of both the scientific details and the implications. The implications are so far-reaching that not only can prevention of disease become possible, but the food chain can be made healthier without the use of dangerous toxic chemicals and the impact of global pollution can be reduced. 

Bold Initiative Comes to Fruition: First Asian Myeloma Network Summit

This past weekend (October 13-15), the International Myeloma Foundation convened the first Asian Myeloma Network (AMN) Summit in Seoul, Korea. The seven countries/regions that make up the AMN – China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Thailand – have worked collaboratively under the auspices of the IMF since 2011. With its structure modeled on the annual International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Summit, the Seoul meeting addressed a broad range of issues, examining the status in Asia of myeloma diagnosis, research, and treatment, as well as the next steps in implementing data-gathering and clinical trials in the region.  AMN members are clearly excited to be able to measure up to top US and European research groups, such as SWOG, ECOG, IFM, EMN, and the like. Expansion of myeloma research anywhere in the world has the potential to benefit myeloma patients everywhere.

Man's best friend and potent medical ally

The fundamental principle of the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative® is that we open every door and turn over every stone in the search for a cure. As it turns out, one of the stones to turn over is close to home. Dogs can smell cancer.

How Gene Editing Can Help Lead to a Cure (Part Two) and the 2017 Nobel Prizes for Science

In last week’s blog post, I discussed the ways in which CRISPR gene-editing technology is allowing researchers to study disease and intervene at the molecular level. There is a sense of euphoria that so many things can be accomplished and, as I noted, the sky is the limit in the potential applications.

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