Myeloma research and treatment is currently as robust as it has ever been. Discoveries are being translated into the clinic so quickly that it is hard for physicians and patients to make sense of possible options. This session features three of the top minds in myeloma today taking deep looks into fundamental issues patients must consider to understand their options. Weather prevented Dr. Gareth Morgan from appearing live and disrupted the original planned order of the Miami Myeloma Round Table in Aventura, FL on May 21, 2022, but we put it right again on this page.
Dr. Gareth Morgan opens the program with an overview of progress in myeloma. Dr. Elisabet Manasanch, one of the world leading experts on MGUS and smoldering myeloma, provides an overview for those interested in precursor conditions. Dr. Nina Shah provides an overview of CAR T and where the therapy is heading in treatment in her last presentation to patients before joining a pharmaceutical firm to start up a myeloma research division.
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Miami Round Table, May 21, 2022
Myeloma Round Table Morning Session: Deep Insights Into Big Issues in Myeloma (Part 1)
Audience Questions & Answers (Part 1)
Myeloma Round Table Afternoon Session: Research and Treatment at the Sylvester Cancer Center (Part 2)
Audience Questions & Answers (Part 2)
Schedule & Agenda
Speakers & Moderators
C. Ola Landgren, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Myeloma Program, and Leader of the Experimental Program at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. Read more about his move to Miami here. Dr. Landgren is a pioneer in the drug development and minimal residual disease (MRD) testing in myeloma. In collaboration with colleagues throughout the world, he develops new strategies (including cell-based, molecular-based, and imaging-based) and continues to be a leader of using advanced MRD testing in clinical trials. He is involved in the service’s rational treatment program (small molecule, monoclonal antibody, immune-based) for newly diagnosed, relapsed and refractory myeloma and amyloidosis patients. His research focuses on early drug development, advanced disease monitoring by new minimal residual disease (MRD) assays and biomarkers, and immune-PET to monitor treatment. He also studies mechanism and markers of progression from MGUS/smoldering myeloma to symptomatic multiple myeloma, and the identification of high-risk precursor patients who may be candidates for early treatment. Prior to joining Miami, Dr. Landgren was the Chief Attending Physician of the Myeloma Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and Chief of the Multiple Myeloma Section of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Landgren received his MD at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden; and he has had fellowships at Karolinska University Hospital and the National Cancer Institute. He is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings, and has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr. Nina Shah is a specialist in blood diseases who focuses on treating multiple myeloma, a type of cancer affecting certain cells in the bone marrow. Her areas of professional interest include the intersection of immunology and oncology as well as helping patients fight multiple myeloma by boosting their immune systems. Shah earned a bachelor's degree in cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University, followed by a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Columbia University and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Shah belongs to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. She speaks Bengali and Spanish.
Dr. Kazandjian’s clinical and translational research interests lie in the treatment of precursor plasma cell disorders including high risk smoldering multiple myeloma and the role of immunotherapy in plasma cell dyscrasias. In addition, he is re-evaluating the role of autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) in the era of highly efficacious novel-novel drugs, immunotherapy biologics, and cell-based therapies with the hypothesis that certain subsets of patients with myeloma may not benefit by default upfront ASCT.
Dr. Manasanch specializes in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma. Furthermore, she focuses on translational research of the precursor stages of myeloma and early disease management through groundbreaking immunotherapy-focused clinical trials.
Gareth Morgan, MD, PhD, is Director of Multiple Myeloma Research at NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center in New York, NY. He is an internationally recognized clinician-scientist in the molecular genetics of blood cell cancers and myeloma treatment. He has a particular focus on diagnostic prevention and treatment strategies for high-risk and relapsed/refractory myeloma. Dr. Morgan is doing influential work on the characterization of the myeloma genome, defining specific subsets of the disease that have prognostic importance, and developing personalized therapeutic strategies targeted to each subtype. He is also engaged in advanced research in molecular diagnostics, drug development, and clinical trials. His research aims to cure myeloma and to reduce side effects by targeting treatment to the biology underlying each patient’s cancer. Prior to leading the Perlmutter Cancer Center’s myeloma program, Dr. Morgan was Professor of Medicine and Director of the Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Professor of Hematology and Director of the Centre for Myeloma Research at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research in London, Europe’s largest comprehensive cancer institute. He is also a founding director of the European Myeloma Network and has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Morgan received his doctorate on the genetics of leukemia from the University of London in 1991 and his bachelor of medicine in 1981 from the Welsh National School of Medicine. His post graduate medical training was completed in Wales and at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London.
Dennis has vast experience with multiple myeloma after treating patients in various capacities, such as on the bone marrow transplant unit and outpatient teams of prestigious centers such as Hackensack, John Theurer, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). He now is working as a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Miami alongside renowned myeloma specialist, Dr. Ola Landgren.
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