Three projects anchor the Washington University Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy (CMMN).

  • Project One: optimizing delivery of novel prodrugs via nanotechnology to improve safety and efficacy in multiple myeloma (MM) treatment. It is directed by Gregory Lanza, MD, professor of medicine and biomedical engineering, and by Michael Tomasson, MD, professor of medicine.
  • Project Two: investigating novel, light-based therapies powered by nano-photosensitive drugs. It is directed by Samuel Achilefu, PhD, professor of radiology.
  • Project Three: improving the understanding of the biological impact of nanotechnology in MM. It is directed by John DiPersio, MD, professor of medicine, pathology and immunology.

Ping Pong for Pedal

Second Annual PING PONG for PEDAL! Table Tennis Tournament to benefit the Cancer Lasers Pedal the Cause teamFriday, September 21, 2018, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm South Campus Gym6501 Clayton RdClayton, MO 63117 Join Dr. Sam Achilefu and team for a fundraising ping-pong extravaganza and get your table tennis on! CMMN_Newsletter_June_2018_final

Save the date!

UPCOMING EVENTS Save the Date: CMMN Outreach Mini Symposium The Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy will be hosting their annual Outreach Mini Symposium on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00pm.

Condolences for Dr. James Omel

The CMMN is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. James Omel’s spouse aftera long battle with multiple sclerosis.  Dr. Omel is a member of the CMMNExternal Advisory Committee and long-time advocate for those suffering fromMultiple Myeloma.

CMMN Newsletter for June 2018

The CMMN Newsletter contains Research Updates, News, Recognitions, Invited Talks and Publications. Follow the link below to read the Newsletter: CMMN_Newsletter_June_2018_final

Myeloma is a type of cancer that develops from cells in the bone marrow called plasma cells. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found inside the inner part of some of our large bones. The bone marrow produces different types of blood cells.

Myeloma can develop wherever there are plasma cells. So it can be anywhere there is bone marrow, including the pelvis, spine and ribcage. As it can occur in several places in the body, it is often called multiple myeloma.

Nanomedicine is the medical application of nanotechnology, ranging from the medical applications of nanomaterials and biological devices, to nanoelectronic biosensors, and even possible future applications of molecular nanotechnology such as biological machines.

Current problems for nanomedicine involve understanding the issues related to toxicity and environmental impact of nanoscale materials (materials whose structure is on the scale of nanometers, i.e. billionths of a meter).

Despite tremendous improvements in patient management, nearly all multiple myeloma (MM) patients will eventually relapse and die from it. Leveraging the enormous institutional resources and support, diverse expertise in MM, the integral participation of patient advocates, industry partners, and synergistic integration of basic and clinical investigators, the CMMN will serve as a comprehensive center for the development of nanotechnology-based solutions for treating MM and bone metastasis.

About Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals.

The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.