CNN profiles Black Swan Research Initiative’s innovative iStopMM project and asks “Why Iceland?”

CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and his team traveled to Iceland last week to explore the country’s innovative medical projects. During their visit I was honored to have been interviewed by Dr. Gupta, along with Dr. Kári Stefánsson, Founder and CEO of deCODE Genetics, and Dr.

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.

The importance of facts in science: the Black Swan Research Initiative search for the cure moves ahead

The IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative® took a major step forward this week in its mission to achieve a cure for myeloma. A study published in the journal Leukemia definitively establishes Next Generation Flow (NGF) as a highly sensitive, fully standardized approach for Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) detection in myeloma. This method, the study’s authors write, “overcomes the major limitations of conventional flow-MRD methods and is ready for implementation in routine diagnostics.”

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