Professor Abonour joined Indiana University School of Medicine in 1995 and his work has been published in Nature Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine among others. He is the leader of the Multiple Myeloma program and he has participated in practice changing research using IMID’s, Proteasome inhibitors and immunotherapy. He has facilitated clinical research at IU Simon Cancer Center and IU School as the Medical director of clinical research and the associated dean for clinical research. His focus on Myeloma and with the help of the IU Grand Challenge Grant led him to build the infrastructure to support highly competitive team of researchers and conduct research aimed at preventing myeloma and improving the treatment of those suffering from the disease especially those with high-risk disease and high-risk smoldering myeloma. He is also active with the international Myeloma Foundation, Clinical Oncology, American Society and the American Society of Hematology (ASH). His outside collaboration has focused on disease registry to help understand the course of disease outside clinical trials. He served at the Chair the steering committee of one (Connect MM) and member of the Insight steering committee. His collaboration with ASH is focused on database harmonization to develop larger set of patients data to help understand the natural course of myeloma.
Kenneth Anderson, MD is the Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as Director of the LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Research Scientist and American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor. Over the last four decades, he has developed laboratory and animal models of the tumor in its microenvironment which have allowed for both identifications of novel targets and validation of novel targeted therapies and has then rapidly translated these studies to clinical trials culminating in FDA approval of novel targeted therapies. He is a member of the institute of medicine of the national academy of sciences and served as President of the International Myeloma Society and as President of the American Society of Hematology.
Professor Hervé Avet-Loiseau is Head of the Laboratory for Genomics in Myeloma in the
University Cancer Center of Toulouse since September 2012. Before, he was head of the
Hematology Laboratory of the University Hospital of Nantes, France, a position he has held
since 2008. He received his medical degree with a specialization in Pediatric Hematology in
1990. After pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Joe Gray in San
Francisco, he moved into the area of Biological Hematology in 1995 and subsequently
specialized in cytogenetics. He received his PhD in 1998 and became Professor of
Hematology in 2001. Professor Hervé Avet-Loiseau is highly involved in the Intergroupe
Francophone du Myélome (IFM), past Chairman, where he leads all biological studies. Most
of these studies are based on the analysis of genetic/genomic abnormalities observed in
malignant plasma cells using different technologies, including Fluorescence In-Situ
Hybridization (FISH), gene expression profiling, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)
arrays, and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).
Nizar Jacques Bahlis, MD
Dr Nizar Jacques Bahlis is an associate professor at the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer
Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is also a member
of the Divisions of Hematology and Medical Oncology. Dr Bahlis received his
medical degree from St Joseph University – French Faculty of Medicine in Beirut,
Lebanon. He then completed his internal medicine residency at the State University
of New York in Syracuse, followed by a hematology-oncology fellowship at the
University of Miami, FL. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer
biology at the University of Miami.
Dr Bahlis’ laboratory research focuses on the study of plasma cell dyscrasia, with
particular interest in multiple myeloma genomics, mechanisms of drug resistance and
the development of novel therapeutics. He has received several awards and
research funding from numerous agencies, including the ASCO Young Investigator
Award, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society of Canada, the Terry Fox Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and
the Canadian Institute of Health and Research. His research has been published in
many peer-reviewed journals, including NEJM, Lancet, Blood, Molecular Cancer
Research, and Clinical Cancer Research.
Meral Beksaç MD is a Professor in the Department of Hematology at Ankara University, Turkey. Her current administrative position is Director of the Unrelated Donor Registry and the recently FACT/NETCORD accredited Cord Blood Bank. She has been actively involved in investigator initiated or pharma sponsored Phase II-III clinical trials since 1992, initially within the auspices of EORTC-LCG and most recently in collaboration with European Myeloma Network.
She received her medical and postgraduate training mainly in Ankara, Turkey, She has been visiting scientist or clinician in various Institutions including Divisions of Hematology / Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Karolinska Hospital, Sweden (1983-1984), Heidelberg University, Royal Marsden Hospital, University College Hospital and various institutions in USA. Apart from the pre-clinical studies and clinical trials, her field of research is focused on immune-genetics of plasma cell disorders and expansion of HSC or NK cells from cord blood.
Dr Beksaç is an active member of Turkish Society of Hematology as well as international hematological societies, including EHA, ASH, EBMT, ASBMT and International Myeloma Foundation. She is currently the president of the ”Turkish Bone Marrow Transplantation Foundation” and the “Immunohematology Subcommittee of the Turkish Society of Hematology”. She has pioneered the collaboration between Clinical teams, publishing the first Turkish prospective randomized trials in AML and Myeloma in Turkey. She has recently been elected as the vice-chair of the “Balkan Myeloma Study Group” and also the Plasma Cell Disorders Subcommittee of EBMT-CMWP.
Dr Beksaç is also a member of the editorial board of scientific journals and has published many book chapters and more than 200 original papers in peer-reviewed journals with more than 18000 citations (H index:52 ). Professor Beksaç is editor and author of the book Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation, published by Springer in 2007 (first ed) and 2014(second ed). She has been an elected member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences following its foundation in 1994. Meral Beksac has served in the EHA Scientific Program Committee, for a term (2013-2016).
Dr. Castillo was born in Peru, received his medical degree in Mexico City, and completed his Internal Medicine and Hematology & Oncology training at the University of Massachusetts and Brown University, respectively. Dr. Castillo is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and serves as the Clinical Director of the Bing Center for Waldenström Macroglobulinemia at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and he sees approximately 1,000 patients with Waldenström Macroglobulinemia per year in his Clinic. Dr. Castillo is also the principal investigator in a series of innovative clinical trials evaluating highly effective non-chemotherapeutic approaches for patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia. Dr. Castillo is a member of the NCCN Committee for Myeloma, Amyloidosis and Waldenström Macroglobulinemia. He has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and has published his research in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Blood.
Michele Cavo, MD, is Full Professor of Haematology at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Medicine and
Surgery, Bologna, Italy, and Head of the “Seràgnoli” Institute of Haematology in Bologna. He received his
medical degree cum laude from the University of Bologna, where he was also awarded his postgraduate
degree in haematology. In 1991 he became Assistant Professor of Haematology, and in 1998 he was
appointed Professor of Haematology at Bologna University School of Medicine. From January 2000 to June
2005 and from April 2017 to date Professor Cavo has served as Director of Postgraduate Residency in
Haematology at the University School of Medicine in Bologna. He was a member of the board of the Italian
Society of Haematology from 2004 to 2009 and from 2017 to date, and has served as Treasurer of the
Society. He is also co-Chair of the Italian Myeloma Network GIMEMA. Main research interests of Professor
Cavo focus on multiple myeloma and plasma cell dyscrasias. Professor Cavo has been the Principal
Investigator of many academic phase III Italian and European studies for newly diagnosed myeloma
patients and has authored many papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England
Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Blood, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Leukemia, British Journal of
Haematology, Haematologica, and others. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of
Clinical Oncology and Haematologica.
Dr. Chari completed his medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine. His clinical focus is on patients with multiple myeloma and other plasma cell disorders, and he has also published and lectured extensively on topics relating to these diseases. Dr Chari is involved in several clinical trials investigating new drug regimens, and he oversees a program that played a pivotal role in the approval of the five newest drugs used for the treatment of multiple myeloma.
Dr. Chari is Professor of Medicine, Director of Clinical Research in the Multiple Myeloma Program, and Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Mt. Sinai Cancer Clinical Trials Office in New York, New York.
Dr. Cohen received his medical degree and Internal medicine training from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his Hematology/Medical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology, Dr. Cohen is a member of ASH, ASCO, AACR and the International Myeloma Society, and a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals. He has written dozens of original articles, book chapters, and reviews on cancer immunotherapy, multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, and stem cell transplant.
Dr. Cohen is currently Director of Myeloma Immunotherapy and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Is the the Chair of the UK Myeloma Research Alliance and the past-chair of the UK Myeloma Forum. He has established the College of Myeloma (UK) which elected its first fellows in 2019. Prof. Cook has developed and delivered an extensive national clinical research portfolio. Currently Prof. Cook is Chief Investigator for NCRI Myeloma X (completed), UKMRA Myeloma XII (in recruitment), UKMRA Myeloma XIV (in set-up), MUKeight (completed) and MUKeleven (finished). His collaboration with industry includes his position as the UK Chief investigator for 4 industry international phase III and IIIb studies. Prof. Cook holds the posts of Clinical Director of National Institute of Health Research (Leeds) Medtech & In Vitro Diagnostics Cooperative and Clinical Director (Haematology), Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Leeds. Prof. Cook has represented the interests of both myeloma clinicians and patients in Health Technology appraisals (NICE)
Dr. Luciano Costa, obtained MD and PhD degrees from Univesity of Sao Paulo, Brazil and subsequently trained at University of Colorado and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Costa leads the hematologic malignancies working group and the clinical trials office at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Comprehensive Cancer Center. His primary interest is on cellular therapy and development of new agents and strategies to manage multiple myeloma. Dr. Costa leads pivotal projects exploring MRD response-adapted therapy and inovative immunotherapeutic approaches in MM.
Dr. Costello offers chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy to adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. CAR T-cell therapy harnesses the patient’s own immune cells to recognize and kill cancer cells. It is just one of many types of personalized cancer therapies offered at UC San Diego Health.
She also participates in a number of clinical trials that offer cutting-edge treatment strategies and therapies for a variety of blood cancers.
Her primary clinical interests include treating plasma cell disorders such as multiple myeloma, Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and systemic amyloidosis. Her research focuses on refining the management and treatment of these diseases. She is committed to conducting clinical trials for multiple myeloma with novel agents and regimens, with a goal to broaden therapeutic options and knowledge of this disease. She also has a special interest in precision medicine and developing treatment strategies that are most specific to the genetic and molecular details of an individual’s disease.
Dr. Costello completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology with a focus in bone marrow transplantation at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Costello earned her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.
Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Therapeutics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece. He has been elected Vice Dean of the Medical School for the academic years 2007-2011 and Dean for the academic years 2011-2015. In February 2015 he was elected Rector of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for a 4-year term. He obtained his medical degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1985, completed a residency in internal medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Canada and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Dr. Dimopoulos is a member of numerous scientific societies and has authored more than 1113 publications (November 2020) in peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous abstracts and several textbook chapters primarily focusing on plasma cell dyscrasias and genitourinary and gynecologic cancers. He has more than 72000 citations and his h-index is 119 (Scopus) and more than 59000 citations and an h-index 109 (ISI). He is a journal reviewer for several journals including New EnglandJournal of Medicine, Blood, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Haematologica, Leukemia, Cancer, European Journal of Haematology, Leukemia and Lymphoma etc. Dr. Dimopoulos was Associate Editor of the European Journal of Internal Medicine (2001-2007), is an Associate Editor of Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports and is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2005-2008), of Haematologica, of Leukemia and Lymphoma, of Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia (2018), of Expert Review of Hematology and of Blood Advances. Dr. Dimopoulos was an elected member of the Board of the International Myeloma Society (2013-2017).
Dr. Dimopoulos serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the International Myeloma Foundation, of the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation and he is a member of the Board of the European Myeloma Network. Dr. Dimopoulos organized the XIth International Myeloma Workshop and the IVrth International Workshop on Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia (Kos Island, Greece June 2007). In March 2013 Dr. Dimopoulos was elected as a member of the Board of the International Myeloma Society. Currently he is the chairman of the Greek Myeloma Study Group and of the Balkan Myeloma Study Group.
He is a recipient of the Robert A. Kyle Award for outstanding contributions to Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (May 2003), a recipient of Waldenstrom’s award for Myeloma Research of the International Myeloma Society (March 2017), recipient of the CoMy Excellence Award (May 2017) and of the Robert Kyle Life Achievement Award (June 2019). In August 2017 he was given the title “Officier dans l’ Ordre des Palmes academiques” (Republique Francaise, Ministere de l’ Education Nationale). In May 2018 he was elected as membre associe etranger of the National Academy of Medecine of France. In January 2020 he received the MD Anderson Distinguished Alumnus Award. In February 2020 he was awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic with the medal of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix.
Currently he is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation of “Julia and Alexander N. Diomedes Botanic Garden” and he is a member of the Board of the National Greek Committee for UNESCO.
Hermann Einsele, MD, FRCP, is Full Professor of Internal Medicine and has been Director of the Department of Internal Medicine II of the University Hospital Würzburg, Germany, since 2004.
Following his medical training at the Universities of Tübingen, Manchester, and London, Professor Einsele became a research fellow in the Department of Haematology, Oncology, Rheumatology, and Immunology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. He was board certified in Internal Medicine in 1991 and in Haematology/Oncology in 1996. In 1999 was promoted as an Associate Professor. He is a visiting professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, USA, and at the City of Hope Hospital, Duarte, CA, USA.
2011-2015 Hermann Einsele was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Würzburg, since 2015, he is Vice President of the University of Würzburg and since 2020 Chair of the German Society of Hematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO).
In 1999, he became Chairman of the German Study Group Multiple Myeloma. In 2003, he received the van Bekkum Award, the highest Annual European award for research in the field of stem cell transplantation. In 2011, he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (London) and in 2012 Nobel Lecturer Stem Cell Biology/ Transplantation, Nobel Forum Karolinska Institute. Since 2014, he was elected as a member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz and 2017/2018/2019 as an ISI “Highly Cited Researcher” in the category Clinical Medicine.
Prof. Einsele is expert in the field of multiple myeloma, stem cell transplantation, CAR T cells, bi-specific antibodies and adoptive immunotherapy.
Thierry Facon, MD, is Professor of Haematology in the Department of Haematology, Lille University Hospital, Lille, France, a position he has held since 2000. Professor Facon received his MD at Lille University School of Medicine in 1987 and became Assistant Professor of Haematology at Lille University Hospital in 1989.
Professor Facon was President of the Intergroupe Francophone du Myélome (IFM) between 2003 and 2006, Vice-President of the French Society of Haematology between 2005 and 2013. Professor Facon has presented at several international congresses, including the Plenary session at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in 2006, the Plenary sessions at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in 2013 and 2018 the Educational Session of European Haematology Association (EHA) in 2008 and 2014, and the Educational session of ASH in 2015 and 2018. He co-organized the XIIIth International Myeloma Workshop (IMW) in Paris in 2011, and is a member of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). He is a founder member and administrator of the Fondation Française pour la Recherche contre le Myélome et les Gammapathies (FFRMG) under the aegis of the Fondation de France whose main objective is to enable scientists and students to carry out research programs in host laboratories in France or abroad.
He has presented the “Pierre Stryckmans Memorial Lecture” of the Belgian Hematological Society in 2015 and received the Joseph Michaeli Award from Weill Cornell Medicine, New York USA for his contributions to the treatment of Myeloma Research in 2017 and the International Myeloma Foundation Robert A. Kyle Life Time Achievement Award in 2020. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Hematology & Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, China since 2015. Professor Facon is author and co-author of a number of articles and has published his work in various prestigious international journals including, as first or senior author, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine.
Rafael Fonseca, MD, is the Getz Family Professor of Cancer, Professor of Medicine, Interim Executive Director for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Director for Innovation and Transformational Relationships, and a consultant in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Starting in February 2021 he will be a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. He earned his MD at Universidad Anahuac, Mexico. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Miami, FL, and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN. He was named a clinical investigator for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fund. He is a visiting healthcare fellow at the Goldwater Institute.
Dr. Francesca Gay is Associate Professor in the Univeristy of Torino, and works as hematologist at the Myeloma Unit, Division of Hematology, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Italy. She completed her medical degree in 2004 and her fellowship in hematology in 2008 at the University of Torino, Italy. She obtained her PhD in Medicine and Experimental Therapy in 2014.
She is involved in the design, development and coordination of phase I/II/III clinical trials for the treatment of multiple myeloma in tight collaboration with the European Myeloma Network (EMN and EMN Research Italy) and the Gruppo Italiano Malattie Ematologiche dell’Adulto (GIMEMA). She is a member of the EMN young board. She is currently local principal investigator in several multi-center clinical trials. She worked on several international multicenter projects and data analyses.
Dr. Gay’s main research focuses on the diagnosis and the clinical and experimental treatment of patients with multiple myeloma and associated disorders, particularly of newly diagnosed patients eligible for autologous stem-cell transplantation. Her interests also include the use of new biological molecules, monoclonal antibodies, immunotherapeutic agents, CAR T Cells and stem-cell transplantation techniques.
She is a member of IMS, EMN, SIE, EHA and ASH. She is author and co-author of more than 90 papers published in peer reviewed journals, as well as reviewer for several journals including Lancet, Leukemia, Lancet Oncology, Lancet Hematology, and Haematologica. In 2019 she has been awarded the Bart Barlogie Young Investigator Award by the International Myeloma Society.
Dr. Ghobrial received her M.D. from Cairo University and her residency in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and then moved to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in to train as a Hematology/Oncology fellow.
She is currently a Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and the Lavine Family Chair for Preventative Cancer Therapies. She is also an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. She is the Director of the Clinical Investigator Research Program at DFCI, Director of Translational Research in the Department of Multiple Myeloma, and Director of the Center for Prevention of Progression diseases (CPOP) and co-leader of the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center Lymphoma and Myeloma Program. She is the recipient of the Kyle Award for Waldenstrom, the Ken Anderson Young Investigator Award and the Mentor of the year award at DFCI.
Her laboratory and clinical studies thus focus on identifying and developing effective therapeutic interventions for precursor conditions of myeloma (Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance and Smoldering Multiple Myeloma, MGUS and SMM). This can only be achieved by defining genomic and epigenomic markers that are associated with disease progression, microenvironmental changes that affect tumor progression to myeloma, and mechanisms of immune evasion in disease progression. The focus of her research is to identify novel biomarkers of disease progression and help develop potentially curative therapies in the pre-malignant phase that exploit the immune microenvironment in the bone marrow. She developed a large, patient-empowering observational study for these precursor conditions (the PCROWD study) and recruited over 3,000 patients,. She is also the PI of the first screening study for multiple myeloma in the US, the PROMISE study. This study is currently screening 30,000 individuals at high risk of developing myeloma, including those of African-American descent or those with first-degree relatives with myeloma.
Dr. Ghobrial is a well-funded investigator who received continuous NIH funding over the last 12 years and foundation collaborative grants including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) SCOR program and Stand Up 2 Cancer grants (SU2C) dream team. She has over 250 publications in many prestigious journals and has presented and led many national and international meetings on myeloma.
Jean-Luc Harousseau is Professor of Hematology at the University of Nantes in France. He has been Chairman of the French National Authority for Health (HAS) from February 2011 to January 2016 and Chair of its Economic and Public Health Evaluation Committee from February 2014 to January 2016. He headed the Department of Clinical Haematology in Nantes University Hospital for 24 years and was Director of the Cancer Center René Gauducheau in Nantes from October 2008 to January 2011.He founded the Institut de Cancérologie de l’Ouest (Cancer Centers of Nantes and Angers). He is currently Medical and Scientific Advisor at International Myeloma Foudation and Advisor to the Director of Institut de Cancérologie de l’Ouest Nantes-Angers
In his previous positions, he has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the French National Cancer Institute and President of the Clinical Research in Oncology National Committee from October 2008 to January 2011. He was a founding member of the Groupe Ouest-Est Leucémies Aigues et Maladies du Sang and of the Intergroupe Français du Myélome and President of this internationally renowned cooperative group from June 2009 to January 2011.
He was member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the International Myeloma Foundation. His areas of research interest concern the therapy of acute myeloid leukemia and for the last thirty years Multiple Myeloma. He received the 2005 Waldenström Award, the 2009 Robert Kyle Award and the 2018 HJ Khoury IACH award for his scientific contribution in the field of Multiple Myeloma. Professor Harousseau has contributed to more than 550 peer-reviewed publications.
Professor Jackson is a Consultant haematologist at Newcastle Hospitals trust, Newcastle upon Tyne and is a Professor of Haematology at Newcastle University.
Throughout his career, Professor Jackson has received a number of awards. He has served as President of the BSH (2013-2014) and BSBMT (2011-2012). He is a director of Myeloma UK and Scientific director of the UK myeloma forum.
He has been C.I. on UK MRC Myeloma IX, XI and XI+ trials as well as the up-coming Myeloma XIV trial.
He has led the Newcastle myeloma clinic for over 20 years.
Professor Jackson has written a number of book chapters and has been on author of over 200 peer reviewed papers. He referees papers for a number of highly respected journals.
Andrzej Jakubowiak, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology, and director of the Myeloma Program at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dr. Jakubowiak earned his medical and doctoral degrees from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland. After moving to the United States, he completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas and fellowship in hematology and oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell University in New York, New York. After graduation, he established myeloma program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor MI and after moving to Chicago, IL at the University of Chicago. He directed both to ranks of leading myeloma programs in the United States.
Dr. Jakubowiak is internationally known expert and the primary investigator for many national and international clinical trials, contributing to the development of most of the approved drugs and treatment regimens. He has authored or coauthored numerous articles in such journals as The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blood, Leukemia, among others as well as book chapters, and is frequently invited as lecturer at major national and international meetings.
He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium, and Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology-Cancer and Leukemia Group B, and holds several leadership positions.
His many honors include winning the Myeloma Center of the Year Award twice, once in 2008 and again in 2010. He received the 2014 Accelerator Award, presented to the best Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium program in North America by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Prof. Jakubowiak was recognized by his peers as a “Top Cancer Doctor” by Newsweek Magazine and by Chicago Magazine.
Specialist in internal medicine and haematology, professor at the Department of Hematology, Jagiellonian University Medical College. His present clinical and research activities centre around the diagnosis and treatment of plasma cell dyscrasia. Author of more than 200 research papers with cumulative IF > 450; Hirsch Index 17; scientific editor of six monographs on clinical haematology. Member of the Board at the Polish Myeloma Working Group affiliated by the Polish Society of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), International Myeloma Society (IMS), European Hematology Association (EHA), and American Society of Hematology (ASH).
In 1996, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University. In 2003, awarded with the doctor’s degree for his research on the role of cytokines in pathogenesis of multiple myeloma. In 2016, awarded with the title of associate professor in medicine for the cycle of publications about the biology and treatment of plasma cell myeloma. In 2019 he received the position of professor at the Jagiellonian University Medical College. Described the largest groups of patients in the world with a rare cutaneous form of multiple myeloma and central nervous system involvement by multiple myeloma. Author of clinical reports presenting 101 patients with secondary plasma cell leukemia and 52 patients who developed multiple myeloma before 30 years of age. Completed internships at John Theurer Cancer Institute in Hackensack (2012) and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston (2014).
In 2015, granted a 650th Anniversary Medal of the Jagiellonian University, for his long-year clinical and research service. Co-founder and president of the Myeloma Treatment Foundation Centre, a registered charity established in 2008. In 2016, granted „Amicus Hominum” award from Małopolska Provincial Office, for individuals acting for the other’s good in the field of health promotion and health protection. In 2017, received the first-degree award for research achievements from the Minister of Health and Higher Education. In 2018, presented with Tadeusz Browicz award from the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences for the development of an original prognostic index in primary plasma cell leukemia. Since 2017, Chairmen at the Cracow Branch of the Polish Society of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine. Hobbies: film, theatre, jazz, travels, skiing and tourism.
Shaji K. Kumar, MD, is Consultant in the Division of Hematology and Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota. He serves as Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Clinical Research Office and Vice Chair for research in the Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. His postdoctoral training included a residency in internal medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, followed by an internal medicine residency and a hematology/oncology fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Kumar’s research focuses on the development of novel drugs and drug combinations for the treatment of myeloma. His laboratory focuses on understanding the role of bone marrow microenvironment in the development and progression of myeloma.
Dr. Kumar serves as Co-Chair of the NCI Myeloma Steering Committee as Chair of the NCCN Multiple Myeloma Guidelines Panel.
Alessandra Larocca, MD, PhD is a hematologist at the Myeloma Unit, Division of Hematology, University of Torino, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Italy. She studied Medicine at the University of Milano, and completed her residency in Hematology at the same institution. In 2014 she obtained her PhD in Pathology and Experimental Oncology at the University of Torino.
She is involved in the design, development and coordination of phase I/II/III clinical trials for the treatment of multiple myeloma in tight collaboration with the European Myeloma Network (EMN and EMN Research Italy) and the Gruppo Italiano Malattie Ematologiche dell’Adulto (GIMEMA). She is currently local principal investigator in several multi-center clinical trials.
Dr. Larocca’s main research focuses on the diagnosis and the clinical and experimental treatment of patients with multiple myeloma and associated disorders, particularly of elderly/frail patients. Her interests also include the use of new biological molecules, monoclonal antibodies, immunotherapeutic agents, CAR T Cells and stem-cell transplantation techniques.
She is a member of EMN, EHA and ASH. She is author and co-author of several papers published in peer reviewed journals.
Xavier Leleu, MD, PhD, is Professor, Head of the myeloma clinic and head of the department of Haematology at Hôpital La Mileterie, part of the academic hospital of Poitiers (CHU), France. Dr Leleu received his medical degree at the University of Bordeaux, France. He completed specialization in public healthcare and statistics at the University of Medicine of Paris, France and in haematology at the University of Medicine of Lille. Dr leleu was the head of the Myeloma clinic in Lille under Pr T Facon mentorship for almost 15 years. He received a Master’s in cellular biology at the University of Medicine of Lille in 2001 and completed his PhD in 2007 having done his research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. His main topic of research was the preclinical development of the novel agent and understanding mechanisms of resistance and of dormancy in Waldenström macroglobulinaemia and the clinical development of novel agents in multiple myeloma in the context of the most recent discovery in the biology of myeloma. He was trained with his mentors Dr IM Ghobrial and Dr SP Treon in Prof. Kenneth Anderson’s laboratory.
Doctor Leleu’s research is focused on the biology and treatment of multiple myeloma, Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and amyloidosis and he has published widely in the area.
He is actively involved in numerous national and international clinical trials as investigator and coordinator. Professor Leleu is a frequent speaker at national and international congresses and is a reviewer or a member of the editorial board of several hematology journals. He is actively involved in the Intergroupe Francophone du Myélome (IFM), currently in the board of directors, and is also a member of a number of other national and international scientific societies.
Dr. Lonial is the department chair for Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University, and is the
myeloma editor for Clinical Lymphoma and Myeloma and on the editorial board for the Journal of
Clinical Oncology He is also an ad hoc reviewer for Blood, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research,
Haematologica, Leukemia, and other journals. He has authored or co-authored over 200 papers and
abstracts. He serves as Vice Chair of the Myeloma Committee in the Eastern Cooperative Oncology
Group and as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium.
Additionally, he is on the board of directors for the International Myeloma Society and on the scientific
Advisory Board for the International Myeloma Foundation.
Dr. Lonial has worked in the field of immunotherapy and cancer, and has spent time developing the Bcell
malignancy program with respect to novel targeted agents in laboratory models as well as early
clinical trials. Dr. Lonial’s previous laboratory work has focused on evaluating the impact of purified
dendritic cell subsets on the nature of immune responses against antigen. Most recently, Dr. Lonial has
focused on combinations of novel agents as therapy for myeloma and lymphoma, particularly evaluating
combinations that may result in synergistic inhibition of the PI3-K/Akt pathway and the role of 14-3-3 in
Heinz Ludwig, MD, is Professor of Internal Medicine and Haemato-Oncology and chairs the Wilhelminen Cancer Research Institute at the Department of Medicine I, Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Wilhelminenspital, Vienna, Austria. Areas of specific research and interests: Professor Ludwig’s research interests span the field of therapeutics in haematology and medical oncology. His research focuses on the biological and clinical aspects of multiple myeloma (MM), as well as on the analysis of factors associated with anaemia and the treatment of anaemia in cancer patients.
In the early days of his research activities, he was able to show a significant activity of erythropoietin in treating anemia in myeloma. He led several investigator sponsored clinical trails in MM and participated in many studies organized by research-oriented pharmaceutical industry. Within the International Myeloma Working Group he has contributed to several position papers and in some of them as lead researcher. Presently, his team is evalutaing the role of certain signal transduction molecule inhibitors in MM cell lines and in MM bearing mice. Furthermore, he is running academic trials with Ixazomib- and others with Carfilzomib-combination regimen and is participating in several international studies.
Other activities: Professor Ludwig serves as peer reviewer of several international journals and has published a large number of scientific articles. He is a strong supporter of patient’s interests and patient’s rights. Under his initiative an international charter of cancer patient’s rights has been published under the auspicies of ASCO, the Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology (CISCO), and ESMO.
Contibutions to scientific organisations: Prof. Ludwig has served as President of ESMO and on the board of international directors of ASCO. At present, Prof. Ludwig is a member of the board of the International Myeloma Foundation and President of the Austrian Forum Against Cancer.
Awards: For his scientific contributions he has been honoured with the Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award, the Otto Kahler Award, the Golden Cross of Merit from the Republic of Austria, and the Golden Cross of Merit from the City of Vienna.
Deepu Madduri, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology) and Assistant Director, Cellular Therapy Service, with the Center of Excellence for Multiple Myeloma at The Tisch Cancer Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Madduri specializes in plasma cell disorders including multiple myeloma, amyloid light-chain amyloidosis, POEMS syndrome, plasmacytoma, and monoclonal gammopathies of uncertain significance. She performs a variety of procedures including bone marrow biopsies and stem cell transplant. She serves as the lead physician liaison between the Center of Excellence for Multiple Myeloma and the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Madduri’s research focuses on the clinical management of plasma cell dyscrasias with a strong emphasis on relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. Her research has included first-in-human/phase 1 clinical trial studies ranging from immunotherapy with checkpoint inhibitors and immune effector cells such as CAR T-cell therapy, NK-cell therapy, and Bi-specific antibodies. She has played an integral role in initiating CAR T-cell studies for myeloma. She is also a member of the Clinical Research Services team for cellular therapies at Mount Sinai and a member of the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network protocol committee.
Dr. Madduri received her MD from the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of California, Harbor Campus in Torrance, California, with additional fellowship training in Blood and Marrow Transplant at Stanford Hospital. Dr. Madduri serves as an oncology consultant at Foundation Medicine, Inc., a cancer genomic company, and leads their Smart Trials Precision enrollment program.
Dr. Salomon Manier is an physician scientist working on multiple myeloma in Lille, France. He did his clinical training in Lille under the mentorship of Pr. Facon and Pr. Leleu. He spent four years at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for his research training, in the lab of Pr. Ghobrial. He is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology in Lille and an Investigator in INSERM UMR-S1277, CNRS UMR9020.
Dr. Martin is Interim Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, and Co-director of the Multiple Myeloma Translation Initiative at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also Co-leader of the Hematologic Malignancies Program at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco, and Research Director of the Hematologic Malignancies Research Office at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Dr. Martin’s research interests include developing and investigating novel treatments for multiple myeloma and leukemia, as well as expanding the use of bone marrow transplantation. He has a special interest in immunotherapy including the use of novel antibody combinations, antibody drug conjugates and cellular therapies.
Dr. María-Victoria Mateos, MD, PhD, is Consultant Physician in the Haematology Department and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Salamanca, Spain. She is the director of the Myeloma Program and coordinates the Clinical Trials Unit in Salamanca’s University Hospital Haematology Department.
She serves as coordinator of GEM (Spanish Myeloma Group), with direct involvement in the design and development of clinical trials. She has coordinated many clinical trials especially in the smouldering myeloma setting and these trials have profoundly influenced current options for the management of these patient populations.
She has published over 250 original papers in international journals and her articles had received 29.452 citations (19268 since 2015) with a H index of 79 and 60 since 2015.
She is also a member of the IMWG (International MM Working Group), IMS (International MM Society), EHA and ASH. Among her invited presentations, she has contributed to the educational sessions of EHA 2012, ASH 2013, ASCO 2015, EHA 2016, ASCO and ASH 2017.
She has served on the ASH Scientific Committee on plasma cell diseases between 2015-2019 and on the EHA’s Scientific Program Committee and Advisory Board since 2013 until 2020 being chair of the Scientific Program Committee in 2019, and.
She has been Councillor on the EHA Board since 2015 for a four-year mandate, member of the Steering Committee for the Society of Hematologic Oncology (SOHO), member of the IMS board and member of the European School of Haematology (ESH) Scientific committee. She received the Briand Durie Award in 2019 recognizing excellence in myeloma research.
Giampaolo Merlini received his medical degree and specialized in Hematology and in Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pavia. He was trained by Prof. Jan Waldenström and Prof. Elliott Osserman in the study of monoclonal gammopathies and systemic amyloidosis. He was the founder and director of the Center for Research and Treatment of Systemic Amyloidosis, and the Director of Research of the Scientific Institute Policlinico San Matteo, University of Pavia, Italy until March 31st 2021.
Dr. Merlini’s main research interests include the pathogenesis, natural history, diagnosis, and treatment of monoclonal gammopathies, with particular focus on the biological activities of monoclonal proteins and on immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis (AL). His recent research focuses on the investigation of biomarkers for early diagnosis, assessing prognosis and response to therapy and on the development of novel therapeutic agents and treatments designed in the light of advances in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of AL amyloidosis. He is principal investigator for several clinical trials and national and international research projects. He was President of the International Society of Amyloidosis from 2005 to 2010.
Mohamad Mohty is full Professor of Hematology and head of the Hematology and cellular therapy Department at the Saint-Antoine Hospital and Sorbonne University (Paris, France).
Professor Mohty obtained his medical degree from the University of Montpellier, France, and his PhD from the University of Marseille, France. He also undertook post-doctoral work at the Hematology Department, Imperial College, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK.
Professor Mohty’s is also head of a translational research team (INSERM team N°7) at the Saint-Antoine Research centre in Paris and his research is focused on the pathophysiology and immunobiology of normal and pathological antigen-presenting cells, especially the impact of novel immunomodulatory agents such as proteasome inhibitors, IMiDs and hypomethylating agents.
He has a special clinical focus on the development of reduced-toxicity conditioning regimens, immunotherapy and different aspects of therapy of acute leukemia and multiple myeloma.
Professor Mohty is past-president of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), and the current chairman of the Acute Leukemia Working Party of EBMT. He is also the founder and chairman of the “International Academy for Clinical Hematology (IACH; http://clinical-hematology.org/). He serves on the board of the EBMT, and the “Intergroupe Francophone du Myelome” (IFM). He is a member of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, European Hematology Association (EHA), and EBMT.
Professor Mohty has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=MOHTY+M) in the field of stem cell transplantation, leukemia and myeloma, in different hematology and immunology journals.
He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journals Bone Marrow Transplantation and Clinical Hematology International, as Associate Editor for Leukemia, European Journal of Haematology and Blood Cancer Journal, as member of the editorial board of Haematologica, and as a regular reviewer in different immunology, hematology, and cancer journals such as the New Engl. J Med, Blood, J Clin Oncol, The Lancet, Lancet Oncology, Lancet Haematology, Nature Reviews, etc.
Philippe Moreau, MD, serves as Professor of Clinical Hematology and head of the translational research program, at the University Hospital of Nantes, France. Professor Moreau’s clinical interests are focused on multiple myeloma and its treatment with high-dose therapy and novel agents.
Professor Moreau is a member of the administration council of the Intergroupe Francophone du Myélome (IFM), which he chaired from 2006 through 2009.
He was a member of the organizing committee for the 2011 International Myeloma Workshop in Paris.
He is vice-president of International Myeloma Society (IMS) since 2019, and he is a member of the steering committee of the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) since 2013. He has served as the principal investigator or co-PI of many international randomized phase 3 clinical trials: Tourmaline (Ixazomib relapsed myeloma), Aspire (Carfilzomib for relapsed myeloma), Endeavor (Carfilzomib for relapsed myeloma), Stratus (Pomalidomide for relapsed myeloma), Pollux (Daratumumab for relapsed myeloma), Arrow (weekly versus biweekly Carfilzomib for relapsed myeloma) or Cassiopeia (Daratumumab for frontline therapy in transplant eligible patients).
His research is widely published. Professor Moreau has authored or coauthored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in high impact factor journals including, the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, The Lancet, The Lancet Oncology, and Blood. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blood, and Blood Cancer Journal and is frequently invited to speak at international hematologic oncology meetings.
Professor Moreau received in 2018 the Robert A. Kyle lifetime achievement award.
Director, Multiple Myeloma Research, Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Health
Professor, Department of Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Education & Training
PhD, University of London (1991)
MD, University of Wales (1981)
Residency, Welsh National School of Medicine and Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London (1981-1985)
Fellowship, University of Wales and Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London (1985-1993)
Who is Gareth J. Morgan?
Morgan joined Perlmutter Cancer Center in February 2019 as director of multiple myeloma research.
He previously served as the director of the Myeloma Institute, deputy director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, and professor of hematology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he directed numerous clinical and translational research studies investigating the treatment, genetics and biology of myeloma.
He has pioneered studies investigating the genetic basis and treatment of multiple myeloma.
He has been a major contributor to the Myeloma Genome Project, a collaboration to segment and individualize therapy for subgroups of the myeloma.
Areas of Expertise
Able to speak to many aspects of research and treatment of multiple myeloma including disease prevention and the treatment of patients with high-risk and relapsed refractory disease.
Pre-myeloma conditions, including smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS).
Related disorders including Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and amyloidosis.
Morgan’s research focuses on the genetics and biology of multiple myeloma.
His laboratory research has identified a number of important genetic prognostic factors, that have been used to developed molecular staging systems for multiple myeloma and smoldering multiple myeloma.
He leads clinical trials and studies the molecular mechanisms leading to multiple myeloma with the aim of developing targeted novel treatments and cellular therapies that can improve patient survival.
He has developed and served as principal investigator on a number of large Phase III clinical studies, that have substantially changed the clinical approach to the treatment of multiple myeloma and were among the largest myeloma studies ever conducted.
The results of these studies set the standard for the management of bone disease, introduced and expanded the use of autologous transplantation, and led to the uptake of maintenance therapies using immunomodulatory drugs and proteasome inhibitors for multiple myeloma.
Nikhil C. Munshi, MD is the Kraft Family Chair and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Director of Basic and Correlative Science, and Associate Director of the Jerome Lipper Myeloma Center at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Munshi received his medical degree from the S.S.G. Hospital and M.S. University, Baroda India. He completed a Research Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and a clinical fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Indiana University Medical Center. Prior to joining Dana Farber, Dr. Munshi was Professor of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Gene Transduction Laboratory at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Munshi’s research focus spans both basic sciences to understand genomic changes in myeloma and elucidate molecular mechanisms driving the genomic instability in cancer, to translational approaches directed at improving diagnosis and prognosis as well as therapeutics. Dr Munshi’s clinical interests include CAR T-cell therapy in multiple myeloma and developing novel targeted therapeutics including novel antigen-directed and immune effector cell therapy/vaccine approaches.
He has over 500 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr Munshi has mentored over 70 junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents, as well as medical and undergraduate students. A number of them are now independent scientists, physicians, and professionals. His grant support has included Program Project and SPORE grants from National Institutes of Health, and VA Research grants. He is the current President of the International Myeloma Society. He has received number of Awards including a Leukemia Society of America Scholar in Translational Research Award, the Dr. B.C. Roy National Award by the president of India in 2016 and the prestigious “Waldenstrom’s Award” for Most Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Myeloma Research in 2013.
Professor Arnon Nagler, MD, MSc
Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel
Director of the Division of Hematology, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel
Director of Bone Marrow transplantation and Cord Blood Bank, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel
Professor of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
One of the pioneers of the non-myeloablative and reduced intensity/toxicity allogeneic transplantations for both malignant and non-malignant disorders (Blood 1998)
Established the first public cord blood bank and performed the first cord blood transplanataion in Israel
Leader of the Alternative donor subcommittee of the ALWP of the EBMT from 2008-2010
Leader of the RIC subcommittee of the ALWP of the EBMT – since 2010
Serves on the Editorial Board of several BMT and Hematology Journals and is a Section Editor for Leukemia
Chair of the Acute Leukemia Working Party (ALWP) of the EBMT
Dr Nagler received his medical training at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel; he then carried out a Postdoctoral research fellowship in hematology and bone marrow transplantation at “Stanford University Hospital” Palo Alto, CA, in the USA, from 1986 to 1990.
Dr Nagler serves on the Board of Directors of Netcord organization of cord blood banks and was the Netcord Threasurer from 2010-2013.
Dr Nagler has received several awards including the best scientific abstract award of the ASBMT/CIBMR Tandem meeting (2004) and the best clinical abstract award of the NMDP Council Meeting (2004). In addition, Dr Nagler is a popular speaker and has made numerous, invited, international presentations and many Oral presentations on almost annual basis in all international transplantation and hematology meetings – ASH,ASBMT/CIBMTR, EBMT, EHA, Exp Hematology (including a presentation at the presidential symposium) and invited presentation at the Gordon conference (Boston USA).
Dr. Paola Neri, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine, attending physician in the Hematology division at University of Calgary and member of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute. Since January 2019 she is the Scientific Director of the Precision Oncology Hub, Translational Research Laboratory, at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) in Calgary.
Dr. Neri received her medical degree at Magna Græcia University, Catanzaro, Italy in 2000. She completed her specialty in Medical Oncology at Magna Græcia University, Catanzaro, Italy in 2005 and received a PhD in Molecular Oncology and Experimental Immunology in 2011. From 2003-2006 she was Research Associate at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Anderson. In June 2008, she joined the University of Calgary.
The main focus of her research is the study of multiple myeloma (MM) with a particular interest in drug development and genomic studies with the goal of discovering novel therapeutic targets for this incurable disease. As such she has investigated the genome signature associated with MM cell response or resistance to anti-MM agents to identify druggable therapeutic targets in MM and new biomarkers of response to novel agents.
Dr. Neri is well published in the field and received national and international grants from several agencies including Myeloma Canada, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).
She is currently member of the American Society of Hematology and the scientific board of Myeloma Canada, very active both in preclinical and clinical trial research in Myeloma.
Inger Nijhof is a Hematologist at the AmsterdamUMC, location VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She treats patients with a variety of hematological malignancies but has a special interest in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma. Dr Nijhof is involved in translational and clinical research, aimed at finding new targets for therapy, with a focus on immune therapy. Part of Dr Nijhof time is dedicated to teaching medical students, residents, and colleagues about hematological diseases with an emphasis on multiple myeloma, and she frequently gives presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. Recently she was participating in the Clinical Research Training in Hematology of EHA.
Michael O’Dwyer is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway. After initial training in internal medicine and hematology he completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Oregon, USA. He was closely involved in the early development of Imatinib Mesylate, the first kinase inhibitor approved for treatment of cancer. Over 10 years ago he shifted his focus to multiple myeloma and established a translational research program at NUI Galway. Since then his research has focused on 3 major areas: (1) how aberrant glycosylation can influence cellular adhesion, trafficking and immune evasion in multiple myeloma (2) the role of the immune microenvironment in multiple myeloma and development of new therapeutic approaches (3) use and modification of NK cells as cell therapy for cancer. He established Blood Cancer Network Ireland and was its first Director. In 2015 he founded ONK Therapeutics, which is developing allogeneic NK cell therapy for cancer. He has more than 100 publications listed on Pub Med with an h-index of 38 and is listed as an inventor on more than 10 patent applications, several of which have been granted. He is a member of ASH and EHA, the IMWG, EMN, EHA Scientific Working Group on Immunotherapy in Haematological Malignancies and Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC).
Dr. Enrique M. Ocio, MD, PhD, is the Head of the Hematology Department of the University Hospital “Marqués de Valdecilla” and is the responsible for the Hematology Research group at the IDIVAL Biomedical Research Institute in Santander (Cantabria-Spain). He is also Associate Professor of Medicine in the University of Cantabria.
He graduated in Medicine in the University of Salamanca and completed his residency in Haematology and obtained the PhD in the University Hospital of Salamanca. For more than 20 years, he combined his tasks as a physician in Salamanca, coordinating the Clinical Trials Unit of the department and the Phase I Trials Unit of the hospital, with his research work in the Cancer Research Center of the University of Salamanca as the responsible of the New Drugs Development Unit in Hematologic Malignancies. He has published over 120 original papers in international journals.
His main areas of interest are the study of the biology of multiple myeloma and other haematological malignancies such as acute myeloid leukemia or B lymphoproliferative disorders; and the development of novel antitumoral drugs from the preclinical setting to early phases clinical trials. Among these he has focused on the study of the activity and mechanism of action and resistance of several drugs such as proteasome inhibitors, IMIDs or deacetylase inhibitors, and the study of the immune system and the evaluation of novel immunotherapeutic strategies.
Dr Bruno Paiva, PharmD, PhD, is a research fellow of the Departments of Haematology and Immunology at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra and CIMA, Pamplona, Spain. He is also the Director of the Flow Cytometry Core of the University of Navarra.
Dr Paiva’s main area of expertise is the multidimensional flow cytometry analysis of haematological malignancies. His research focuses on immunogenomics to improve differential diagnosis, risk stratification, and monitoring of patients with monoclonal gammopathies and myeloid malignancies. He is an author or co-author of hundreds of publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been recognized with numerous awards.
Aurore Perrot is hematologist, assistant professor, in France. Specialized in the field of multiple myeloma, she works in Toulouse hospital with Prs Attal and Avet-Loiseau and she’s an active member of the Intergroupe Francophone du Myélome IFM group.
Torben Plesner, M.D., Doc. Med. Sci., Professor of Hematology
Born on 28. February 1947.
Medical Degree: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
First part: 1968. Second part: 1972.
Certified as clinical chemistry (MD) Specialist in Denmark, 1981.
Certified as internal medicine Specialist in Denmark, 1989.
Certified as hematology Specialist in Denmark, 1990.
1. March 1993 – 30. September 2000: Consultant of Hematology, Herlev Hospital, University Hospital, Copenhagen.
From 1. October 2000: Consultant of Hematology, Section of Internal Medicine, Vejle Hospital, and from 1. March 2009 Professor of Hematology,
University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Regional Health Science.
I have published 135 scientific articles that are indexed in PubMed.
ISI Web of Science has 123 hits for scientific articles with 6749 citations giving an average of 54 citations per item and an “H-index” of 43.
See also: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ShMcuGEAAAAJ.
Thesis accepted by University of Copenhagen July 1981 in fulfillment of Doctor of Medical Sciences degree.
Thesis title: “Immunochemical Studies of Human β2-Microglobulin. A Review of Recent Methodological Progress and Clinical Applications”.
Lines of research, GCP training and experience from Clinical Trials:
– Immunochemical Studies of Human β2-Microglobulin with development of the first radioimmunoassay of β2-Microglobulin.
– Development of monoclonal antibodies to human leukocyte antigens and participation in the Clusters of Differentiation (CD) Workshops and development program.
– Development of a diagnostic test for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) by flow cytometry and studies of the Urokinase-type Plasminogen Activator Receptor (UPAR) in PNH.
– Development of new therapies of multiple myeloma with a focus on immunotherapy. Dosed the first myeloma patient with Daratumumab in March 2008.
– Biannual GCP training latest March 2020. Clinical Trial experience according to
Muzaffar H. Qazilbash is a Professor in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (SCT) since 2002. Dr. Qazilbash earned his medical degree from the University of Karachi/Dow Medical College, and completed his residency training in internal medicine from the University of Connecticut in Farmington, and fellowship training in hematology/oncology from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Qazilbash’s clinical work and research has been focused on improving the outcomes of stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy for patients with multiple myeloma and related disorders. He leads one of the largest myeloma transplant programs in the country. He has led several clinical and translational studies for multiple myeloma and other hematologic malignancies. Dr. Qazilbash has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has been invited to present his work at many national and international meetings. His research has been funded by the NIH, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, pharmaceutical industry, and philanthropic organizations.
Marc S. Raab is a physician-scientist and Professor of Medicine at the Heidelberg University Medical Center (HUMC) and a Group Leader at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). He trained in internal medicine and then specialized in hematology/oncology before spending more than three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. He returned to Heidelberg as an attending physician in 2008 and his main research focus is on translational research and early clinical trials. In 2010, he was appointed head of the Max-Eder Unit – ‘Experimental Therapies for Hematologic Malignancies’ – at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). He is also Clinical Director of the Multiple Myeloma Center in Heidelberg and Head of the associated early clinical trial program. His current scientific focus is on exploring new avenues for targeted therapies as well as resistance mechanisms in refractory myeloma to facilitate personalized treatment approaches for these patients.
Dr. Noopur Raje is a physician scientist with a focus on the development of innovative therapies for multiple myeloma. As Director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Dr. Raje leads a dedicated clinical team engaged in investigator-initiated, multicenter national and international clinical trials, all aimed at developing new promising therapies for this disease. She also leads translational efforts at MGH with her laboratory’s efforts focused on identifying cellular signaling pathways that contribute to the survival and proliferation of myeloma cells in the bone environment, and whose targeting may result in improved therapeutic outcomes. Dr. Raje received her medical degree from B.J. Medical College, Pune University in India, trained in Internal Medicine at Mass General and subsequently completed a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology in the joint Mass General-Brigham & Women’s-Dana-Farber program. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Rita M Kelley Chair in Oncology at Mass General. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Multiple Myeloma Senior Research Award, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Clinical Scholar Award and the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award.
Vincent Rajkumar, M.D., is the Editor in Chief of Blood Cancer Journal, and the Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He is co-chair of the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), and Chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) myeloma committee. Dr. Rajkumar has received several awards including the Giants of Cancer Care Award (2019) from OncLive, and has over 700 publications, including over 400 peer-reviewed original research papers, and over 200 reviews and book chapters.
After certification in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, as well as working in Cancer Pharmacology from 1994 onwards at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Dr. Paul Richardson joined the Jerome Lipper Myeloma Center in 1999, was appointed Clinical Director in 2001, and led the development of several first-generation novel drugs including bortezomib, lenalidomide and pomalidomide for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Subsequent studies have focused on next generation novel drugs including panobinostat and second-generation proteasome inhibitors including ixazomib. More recently, his clinical innovations have been in the development of the breakthrough monoclonal antibodies elotuzumab and daratumumab for the treatment of both untreated and relapsed myeloma, as well as isatuximab and more broadly, antibody drug conjugates including belantamab mafodotin, as well as other immunotherapeutic strategies. In addition to these agents, he is leading the development of melflufen, a targeted cytotoxic and a first-in-class small molecule inhibitor selinexor, which inhibits XPO-1, a key nuclear export protein, as well as first-in-human studies of cereblon E3 ligase modulators (so called CELMoDs) for the treatment of relapsed and refractory myeloma.
Over the last decade, his major effort has been focused on the development of lenalidomide, bortezomib and dexamethasone (so-called RVD), and its incorporation as part of the Intergroup Francophone Myelome (IFM)/DFCI clinical trial in newly diagnosed patients eligible for stem cell transplant treated with RVD. This regimen has generated an unprecedented response rate, leading to its adoption in this international study, as well as others in the United States and elsewhere. This particular trial incorporates genomic and proteomic evaluation to establish a future platform for tailored therapy and the optimal positioning of stem cell transplant, with results anticipated in 2021-22. Furthermore, RVD has been established as a backbone to which next generation agents are being added, including elotuzumab, daratumumab and isatuximab, as well as panobinostat.
He has published extensively, having authored or co-authored over 400 original articles and 330 reviews, chapters, and editorials in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to holding positions on the Editorial Boards of leading journals, he is prior Chairman of the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC), Clinical Trials Core, a position held for 5 years as part of a rotating tenure, and for which he continues as a member of the Steering and Project Review Committee. He was also a member of ASCO Hematologic Malignancies Subcommittee for the required one-year term, and then for one year on the ASCO Internet Cancer Information Committee during 2017. He was appointed Chair of the Alliance Myeloma Committee in 2011 and continues in this role.
Honors include the George Canellos Award for Excellence in Clinical Research and Patient Care, and The Tisch Outstanding Achievement Award for Clinical Research, as well an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), given in recognition for international contributions in multiple myeloma and stem cell transplantation. He was a co-recipient of the prestigious Warren Alpert Foundation Prize in recognition of the successful therapeutic targeting of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway in 2012. He was also a co-recipient of the Accelerator Award for contributions to clinical research and patient enrollment in MMRC studies, as well as for the Research Center of the Year Award in 2009, followed by a second award for Center of the Year in 2017. He was ranked by Thomson Reuters Science Watch amongst the top 19 investigators at DFCI for the most highly cited research in 2016. He was the co-recipient of the ASH Ernest Beutler Prize for clinical science and translational research in the development of proteasome inhibition as an effective treatment strategy for multiple myeloma in 2015; the COMY Award for MM research (Paris, France) in 2016, and the prestigious IMF Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, and the Morse Research Award in 2019.
Jesús San-Miguel, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine-hematology and Director of Clinical and Translational Medicine at the University of Navarra in Spain. Previously, he was director of the Hematology Department of the University Hospital of Salamanca, Spain, for more than 2 decades; also was President of the International Myeloma Society since from 2012 until 2019.
Prof. San-Miguel has published over 905 original papers (827 in international journals) and have an H index of 110. He has made important contributions to myeloma cell biology in areas such as immunephenotyping, risk of progression from monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance or smouldering MM into active MM, and minimal residual disease, as well as, making important contributions in the area of therapeutics, including studies for new antimyeloma drugs at the preclinical and clinical levels, including proteasome inhibitors, immunomodulatory drugs, and histone deacetylases.
He is member of the Academy of Pharmacy of Castilla Leon and Honorary member to the Royal Academy of Medicine of Salamanca, as well as member of the Advisory Board of the International Myeloma Foundation, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Carreras Foundation and board member of the Spanish Hematology and Genome Foundations. He has been Associate Editor of Blood and Haematologica and is member of the editorial board of several scientific journals. He has served as Director of the Biomedical Research Institute of Salamanca (Spain) and Vice Director of the Cancer Research Center (Salamanca). Also was Chairman of the Spanish Myeloma Group (GEM), Board Councillor for the European Association, Chairman of the Scientific Committee for the IXth Congress (2004), President of the 15th European Hematology Association (EHA) Congress and organizer of the IXth International Myeloma Workshop held in Salamanca (2003).
Dr. Shah is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at University of California San Francisco. Her research focuses on multiple myeloma clinical trials, specifically immunotherapy and cellular therapy. She performed the first-in-human clinical trial of umbilical cord blood-derived natural killer cell therapy for myeloma and is one of the lead principal investigators for the multi-center BMT CTN 1401 dendritic cell vaccine trial for myeloma patients. Additionally, she is the institutional PI for numerous cellular therapy and immunotherapy protocols.
Dr. Shah is also interested in outcomes research for myeloma patients undergoing autologous transplantation and led a randomized trial to determine the impact of stem cell dose on symptoms in this patient population. She has published on the link between patient reported outcomes and physical testing in this clinical context and is conducting a study to investigate digital life coaching during transplant recovery. She is heavily involved in the myeloma research community and led the effort to define myeloma-transplant practice guidelines for the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant (ASBMT). She also serves as a Co-Chair for the Plasma Cell Disorders and Adult Solid Tumors Working Committee at the Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and is a member of the American Society of Hematology Scientific Committee on Plasma Cell Neoplasia
Pieter Sonneveld, MD, Ph.D. was born in The Netherlands. He received his medical degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1977. In 1980 he completed a Ph.D. thesis on the pharmacology of Adriamycin in Acute Leukemia at the University of Leiden (DW van Bekkum & HM Pinedo, promotores). He received a Fogarty Fellowship and worked for several years at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA.
Dr. Sonneveld is Professor of Hematology at the Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam and has occupied the Chair of the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in Rotterdam for 8 years. From 2011 to 2017 he has been the head of the department of Hematology. His research focus is on clinical and translational aspects of diagnostics and drug therapy in multiple myeloma. The myeloma research group in Erasmus MC has been very active in molecular diagnostics and prognostic systems.
He is chairman of the HOVON Myeloma Working Group and he coordinates HOVON and EMN clinical trials for multiple myeloma. Dr. Sonneveld helped to found the European Myeloma Network EMN and has been its chairman since 2005. Within EMN, he coordinates a cooperative network for independent clinical trials in Europe and initiates efforts to create international standards for diagnostics and patient care. EMN currently runs 12 international trials, several of which are independent registration trials for novel treatments.
He has been Board member (2011- ) and President (2017-2019) of the European Hematology Association EHA, and occupies the chair of its Scientific Working Group Committee. He has chaired the Scientific Program Committee of the 19th EHA congress in Milan 2014 and of the EMN Myeloma meetings in 2018 and 2020.
He serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the IMF and MMRF and is a member of the International Myeloma Working Group. Dr Sonneveld has been a member of the Editorial Boards of Blood, Leukemia, Eur J Cancer and Haematologica. Dr Sonneveld has authored more than 500 peer reviewed scientific publications and several book chapters (H-factor 95). He has received numerous grants for his research.
In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious international Robert Kyle life time achievements Award in Multiple Myeloma. In 2019 he received the Hubertus Wald Award for Cancer Research from Germany.
Dr. Keith Stewart is Vice President, Cancer at University Health Network and Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Program. He is Regional Vice-President, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) and holds the Richard H. Clark Chair in Cancer Medicine.
Dr. Stewart received his medical degree at Aberdeen University Medical School and trained in internal medicine and hematology in Glasgow, Kingston, Toronto and Boston. In 2002, he completed a Master of Business Administration at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. Dr. Stewart has served in several healthcare leadership roles across both research and clinical practice in Toronto and at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Stewart returned to Toronto from the Mayo Clinic where he most recently was Director of the Center for Individualized Medicine.
Dr. Stewart’s own research and clinical practice is focused on the biology, genomics and treatment of Multiple Myeloma. He has published over 350 research papers and led numerous clinical trials of novel therapeutics for this disease from first in man to large practice changing studies. Dr. Stewart has served on the advisory and medical or scientific boards of many private and public institutions including currently as a non executive board member of Genomics England.
Evangelos Terpos, MD, PhD is a Professor of Hematology and Director of Stem Cell Transplantation Unit in the Department of Clinical Therapeutics of the University of Athens, School of Medicine, Athens, Greece.
His main research interest is the biology of plasma cell dyscrasias and especially the biology of bone disease in multiple myeloma (MM). In more than 560 papers in peer-reviewed journals, Dr Terpos has reported the significant role of RANKL and osteoprotegerin axis, CCL-3 (MIP-1a), Wnt and TGF-beta signalling in myeloma bone disease and myeloma cell growth. He has studied the predictive value of markers of bone remodelling and osteoclast function in myeloma progression and patients’ survival. He has evaluated the effect of bisphosphonates, denosumab and different anti-myeloma therapies including ASCT, IMiDs- and bortezomib-based regimens on bone metabolism. He has studied the biology and prevalence of osteonecrosis of the jaw in myeloma patients who receive bisphosphonates and denosumab.
Dr Terpos also works on the role of modern imaging (including whole-body low-dose CT and MRI) for MM, of renal impairment in MM and on the efficacy of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 in myeloma patients. In the clinical research era, Dr Terpos participates in all important clinical trials with novel agents in the field of multiple myeloma.
Dr Terpos is co-chairing the Bone Sub-committee of the International Myeloma Working Group, and is a member of the educational committee of the International Myeloma Society and of the Guideline Subgroup of the European Myeloma Network. Dr Terpos has given lectures at ASH, ASCO & EHA meetings, International Myeloma Workshops, International Meetings on Cancer-Induced Bone Disease and in several national meetings. He is reviewer of scientific papers in more than 50 medical journals and has reviewed abstracts for ASH, EHA & EBMT meetings. He is an Associate Editor of HemaSphere for myeloma and member of the editorial board of Blood Cancer Journal and Haematologica.
Dr Cyrille Touzeau is a hematologist in the Hematology Department from the University Hospital of Nantes, France. He specializes in clinical hematology, with a particular focus on multiple myeloma and its treatment. His PhD was mainly focused on the activity of BH3 mimetics in multiple myeloma. Dr Touzeau is currently a member of the Intergroupe Francophone du Myélome (IFM). Dr Touzeau published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications dedicated to multiple myeloma.
Dr. Treon is the Director of the Bing Center for Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Chair of the WM Clinical Trials Group. Dr. Treon earned a BA (Biology), MS (Biochemistry), PhD (Cancer Immunology), and MD with honors from Boston University, and MA from Harvard Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center, Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and post-doctoral training at DFCI. In 1999, Dr. Treon initiated a WM clinic at DFCI which cares for nearly 2,500 WM patients annually. Using whole-genome sequencing, Dr. Treon’s laboratory first identified highly recurring activating mutations in MYD88 and CXCR4 in WM patients and was the first to report that Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) was a downstream target of the MYD88 L265 mutation, resulting in a study leading to the first-ever approval of a drug (ibrutinib) for WM. Dr. Treon has published extensively on topics in WM and related disorders, with over 300 peer-reviewed original reports, reviews, editorials, and chapters in high-impact journals and textbooks. He has been the principal organizer of the biennial International Workshops on WM since 2000 and the International Patient and Physician Summits since 2003. His scientific work in WM has earned “Best of the American Society of Hematology” designations at the 2011 and 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Society of Hematology. In 2017, Dr. Treon was elected as a fellow to the Royal College of Physicians in London, and in 2018, as a fellow to the American College of Physicians. Currently, he is spear-heading large clinical trials within the United States directed at COVID-19 with BTK inhibitors.
Dr. Trudel received her MD degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and subsequently completed subspecialty training in Hematology at the University of Toronto affiliated hospitals. This was followed by a research fellowship at Weil Medical College of Cornell in New York City. Dr. Trudel returned to Toronto as a consultant in the Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and currently appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Tridel is also a Faculty Member of the Department of Medical Biophysics and Scientist at Ontario Cancer Institute.
Dr. Trudel is an active member of several professional organizations. For the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC), Dr. Trudel has previously served as a member of the Steering Committee. She is a member of the Myeloma Canada advisory board and the Subcommittee on Correlative sciences for the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group. For the American Society of Hematology, Dr. Trudel has formally served as a member of Ad Hoc Scientific Committee Plasma Cell Biology and has previously been the recipient of as ASH Scholar Award.
An active researcher, Dr. Trudel has been a principal investigator on several industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical trials for relapsed multiple myeloma. Her research focus has been in the areas of drug development and precision medicine for multiple myeloma.
Saad Zafar Usmani received his medical education at Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Sinai-Grace Hospital/Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Usmani joined the faculty of the Levine Cancer Institute in July 2013; he also currently holds an academic appointment as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Usmani served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas and Director of Developmental Therapeutics at the Myeloma Institute for Research & Therapy.
Dr. Usmani is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He holds membership in several professional societies, including the International Myeloma Working Group, the SWOG Myeloma Committee, the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the American Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation. Dr. Usmani has served as the Track Leader on the ASCO Scientific Committee on Lymphoma and Plasma Cell Disorders, and he is the Chair of the ASH Committee on Plasma Cell Neoplasia and a member of the National Cancer Institute Myeloma Steering Committee. Dr. Usmani is on the editorial review board of numerous medical journals, has authored/co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed research manuscripts and 200 abstracts at national and international meetings. Active in clinical and translational research, Dr. Usmani has research interests focus on plasma cell disorders—in particular, high-risk multiple myeloma.
Niels van de Donk, MD, PhD is working as a hematologist in Amsterdam University Medical Center, where he was appointed as full professor in February 2020. He specialized in hematology at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Following a fellowship at the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, he assumed his current post in Amsterdam.
Niels van de Donk’s special interest is the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma. He is the principal investigator of several investigator-initiated studies. Furthermore, he is involved in translational research towards finding new targets for therapy with a focus on immune therapy. He is author or co-author of a number of books and many papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He is also secretary of the HOVON multiple myeloma working party and scientific secretary of the European Myeloma Network. He is serving on the EHA Scientific Program Committee since 2018.
Katja Christina Weisel
Katja Weisel, MD, is Deputy Director and associate professor of Hematology/Oncology in the
Department of Oncology, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation with Section of
Pneumology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg Germany. Prof Weisel
received her medical degree from the Medical School of the University of Ulm, Germany, and did her
clinical residency in internal medicine at the University of Tübingen. She did a postdoctoral research
fellowship in the laboratory of Developmental Hematopoiesis at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center in New York, NY, USA. She completed her medical fellowship in internal medicine and
hematology, oncology at the University of Tübingen. Since 2006, Prof Weisel has been leading the
Tübingen myeloma program before she recently moved in 2019 to Hamburg, where she serves as the
deputy director of the department, the co-director of the University Cancer Center Hamburg and is
leading the myeloma and lymphoma program. Her myeloma research interests focus on treatment
optimisation for high-risk myeloma, renally-impaired myeloma patients, refractory myeloma patients
and radiographic methods for disease monitoring of myeloma. She is a member of the German
Speaking Myeloma Multicenter Group (GMMG) steering committee. Prof Weisel is co-investigator in
all GMMG trials and is the lead investigator of three GMMG trials, including the GMMG-CONCEPT
trial. Furthermore, she was the principle investigator in several national and international phase I-III
trials. Prof Weisel has contributed to more than 100 publications on multiple myeloma treatment and
Kwee Yong is Professor of Haematology at University College London. She was educated at Oxford and University College London. She completed her PhD in haemopoietic growth factors, and returned to UCL as Senior Lecturer in 1999. She leads the multiple myeloma programme at UCL. She is an executive member of the UK Myeloma Research Alliance, a member of the National Cancer Research Institute Haematology-Oncology Clinical Studies Group, and past chair of the UK Myeloma Forum Executive committee. She is CI on several National Cancer Research Network trials in myeloma, employing novel risk stratified strategies, and immunotherapy. Professor Yong runs a laboratory programme working on aspects of myeloma biology, immune environment and translational strategies including CAR-T therapies. A particular focus is the contribution of immune dysfunction to clinical outcomes including progression from precursor disease. The programme receives funding from the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and Blood Cancer UK. Professor Yong has published over 150 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is a reviewer for international journals and grant-awarding bodies.
Elena Zamagni MD, PHD, is Assistant Professor of Hematology at the University of Bologna, Italy. She received her medical degree from University of Bologna, where she also served her residency in haematology. She got PHD in Clinical Hematology at the University of Bologna in May 2005.
Her research interests include areas related to multiple myeloma, in particular on the role of high dose therapy with stem cell support , of prognostic factors and of imaging techniques.
She has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the field of plasma cell dyscrasia. She has contributed to the educational session of the Italian Society of Haematology (SIE) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She is abstracts reviewer for SIE, EHA and ASH. She is part of the editorial board of Frontiers in Oncology since 2019. She is an active member of the board of the GIMEMA and European Myeloma Network (EMN) working party and she has cooperated in the Scientific secretary and as principal investigator in several national randomized trials in multiple myeloma. She is a member of the Italian Society of Haematology and of the International Myeloma Working Group. She is serving on the EHA’s Scientific Program Committee since 2017. She is responsible for the career development committee within the International Myeloma Society since 2019.
Sonja Zweegman, MD, PhD, is head of the Department of Hematology, Amsterdam UMC in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is vice-chaiman of the HOVON Myeloma Working Group.
Her clinical research is focused on the improvement of the treatment of patients with Multiple Myeloma. She is the principal investigator of several (inter)national clinical trials in the elderly aiming at personalized treatment based on the level of frailty. In order to reach that goal, she investigates whether functional geriatric assessments and biological markers of frailty, such as senescence and sarcopenia, are better predictors for the feasibility of therapy. Furthermore, she co-leads the myeloma translational research group, which is embedded within the Department of Hematology, in order to integrate scientific research with care. The research is dedicated to improve immune therapy of Multiple Myeloma. Firstly, by investigating the mechanism of action of immune therapy, being exemplified by revealing the long term immune-regulatory effects of anti-CD38 monoclonal antibodies, and the biological background of immune therapy resistance. Secondly, by developing novel treatment strategies, such as dual CAR-T cell therapy. She is a co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters.
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