I just finished writing an article about Monday’s night International Myeloma Foundation’s Journalist Workshop. I will provide a link to the article as soon as it runs on the IMF’s website.
Here’s an excerpt/preview from the article as I set the scene from the 90 minute media event:
Monday evening I attended the IMF’s post-ASH Journalist workshop at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel.
The event was an interesting mix of medical science and inspiration.
Dr. Brian Durie, Chairman and co-founder of the IMF, moderated the event.
60 journalists and physicians from more than a dozen countries followed along with the aid of translators in four different languages, including Russian, which I found interesting.
There were also a number of multiple myeloma patients in attendance, including the now famous marathon running patient –nicknamed Minnesota Don–Don Wright and his family.
I sat between a freelance medical writer from England and a researcher who works with transplant patients from Portugal.
Along with Dr. Durie, Dr. Robert Orlowski with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Dr. Paul Richardson from Dana-Farber in Boston and Professor Phillippe Moreau from France joined Dr. Durie on the stage.
The primary focus of the event was sort of “the best of ASH” from a multiple myeloma research perspective.
The rest of the article provides a brief outline of the research data presented by the panel of myeloma experts seated at a pair of banquet tables located in the front of the room.
I also spend a lot of time writing about Don Wright’s amazing emergence as one of the hopeful faces of multiple myeloma.
Keeping this in mind, I don’t want to repeat myself here. Instead, I would like to share my detailed notes with you, and go into a bit more detail about results from the studies–presented this weekend at ASH–that each doctor felt were most important.
I will start that tomorrow. Feel good and keep smiling! Pat