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From the Director

Dear Readers, I am pleased to share with you my excitement about discoveries in myeloma biology that are unfolding at a rapid rate and raising the bar for effective, precision treatment. As you will learn in this issue of Myeloma, a collaborative international study has revealed gene variants that increase the risk of developing myeloma. [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

From the Editor

The development of personalized medicine approaches to treating myeloma and related diseases takes center stage in this issue of Myeloma. With a wealth of patient sample-derived data, sophisticated systems for analyzing the data, and talented experts who can interpret the analyzed data, the Myeloma Institute is making significant progress in the understanding of myeloma biology [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

Big Data Analysis Fuels Personalized Medicine

A truly unique feature of the Myeloma Institute is its wealth of patient-derived clinical and research data. With more than 11,750 patients over a period of 27 years, the Myeloma Institute has amassed a treasure trove of data elements, many at the molecular level, that have the potential to yield new understandings of disease biology and [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

Twenty Years and Going Strong

Patricia Harrison-Yates has been a myeloma survivor for a very long time. Twenty years, to be exact. She came to the Myeloma Institute in 1996, underwent two transplants and has been doing well ever since. Originally from California, Harrison-Yates moved to Joplin, Missouri, when she and her then-husband were ready to start a family. During [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

We Dig Crystals4Cancer!

Last summer (2015) we shared with our readers a heartwarming story about Bailey McNeill, 17 years old at the time, from Raleigh, North Carolina. McNeill had created a web-based business, Crystals4Cancer.com, to sell her hand-crafted jewelry featuring crystals from the North Carolina mountains. Fueled by a desire to help cure myeloma, McNeill has been donating [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

publication

Clonal selection and double-hit events involving tumor suppressor genes underlie relapse in myeloma A new publication in Blood (2016 Sep 29;128(13):1735-44, PMID: 27516441) Primary Author: Niels Weinhold, M.D., Assistant Professor Despite the introduction of novel agents, relapse remains a challenge in the treatment of multiple myeloma. Understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms of myeloma growth and [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

Our Budget for Research is more than 11.5 million

YOUR SUPPORT ENABLES US TO TURN RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGHS INTO LIFESAVING TREATMENTS This year, we ask you to lend your support for our research in precision medicine and targeted treatment approaches. Our talented team of scientists and clinicians is deciphering the molecular genetics of each patient’s disease and developing novel strategies for personalized therapies. With an [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

Not by Chance: Eight NEW Genetic Risk Factors Discovered for Multiple Myeloma

National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institues of Health Dr. Gareth Morgan, professor and director of the Myeloma Institute, Dr. Niels Weinhold, assistant professor and director of genetics at the Myeloma Institute, and colleagues from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Iceland, and the United Kingdom have identified eight additional gene variants that increase the [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

An Active Outdoors Life Despite Myeloma

In July 2007, Jim Dykstra did a lot of hard-core hiking. With his brother and nephew, he hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up. It was a grueling three-day hike, and it was hot outside — 120 degrees. They also took long hikes in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Dykstra [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|

“Now you all find a cure for this Disease”

This is the message that accompanied a donation from Owen and Cheryl Brown of Marietta, Georgia. Straight-forward and to-the-point.  Given, as was the donation, in the spirit of helping all patients and their families who are challenged by myeloma. When Cheryl Brown was diagnosed in 2015, she knew it was important to be treated by [...]

December 15th, 2016|Fall 2016, Myeloma Magazine, Uncategorized|