(1) Title: Myeloma Crowd Round Table on High-Risk Disease, June 18 2016, St. Louis hosted by Myeloma Crowd (Crowdcare Foundation)

 

Team Members:

Ravi Vij, Samuel Achilefu, Monica Shokeen

Overview:

The Myeloma Crowd Round Table on High-Risk Disease focused on some of the most difficult features of myeloma including genetic and chromosomal characteristics of myeloma spectrum diseases, which combination drug therapies are effective and available, the role of transplantation, tips to help each individual patient understand which treatment options might be best for them. Additional sessions included updates on immunotherapies and Washington University’s new Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy (CMMN). This was a wonderful, unique opportunity for patients and caregivers to get a variety of opinions from some of the top myeloma experts in the world. Speakers included Dr. Guido Tricot from the University of Iowa, Dr. Morie Gertz from Mayo, and Drs. Ravi Vij, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Samuel Achilefu and Monica Shokeen from the Washington University School of Medicine.

As part of the patient outreach, CMMN team participated in a radio talk show hosted by myeloma crowd: https://www.myelomacrowd.org/nanotechnology-multiple-myeloma/;

The theme of CMMN was highlighted in an article that is currently posted on the myeloma crowd website: https://www.myelomacrowd.org/nanotechnology-cancers-fantastic-voyage/;

Major Accomplishments:

CMMN was extremely well received by the myeloma patient community and international leaders in myeloma research.

 

(2) Title: Community outreach, Gateway STEM High School Students

 

Team Members:

SPECTRA, Deep Hathi, Samuel Achilefu

Overview:

CMMN partnered with SPECTRA, a student-led imaging society that encompasses the student groups of the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE), the optical society (OSA), and the imaging sciences pathway (ISP) to conduct a LEGO Microscopes Outreach at the Gateway STEM High School.

Major Accomplishments:

The novel concept of nanotechnology was introduced to high-school students through hands-on interactive activities.

 

(3) Title: Encouraging CMMN Industry Partnerships

 

Team Members:

Samuel Achilefu, Monica Shokeen

Overview:

Dr. Achilefu presented on the core innovate projects of CMMN to the Novartis Senior Medical Leadership (oncology team) on May 18, 2016.

 

(4) Title: Marketing and Physician Services at Siteman Cancer Center

 

Team Members:

Samuel Achilefu, Monica Shokeen, Brenda Phelps

Overview:

Dr. Achilefu will be giving an invited talk at the Marketing, Communications and Physician Services (Siteman Cancer Center) team meeting on August 22, 2016. This outreach activity will allow the Siteman team (Arlinda Warren, Executive Director) to partner with CMMN investigators in helping with patient accrual. The Siteman marketing and physicians team works with the medical oncologists throughout the states of MO, IL, AR, TN, and KY in educating and promoting the research that is done here at Washington University School of Medicine in oncology.

 

(5) Title: Harvey & Linda Saligman Lecture (2016-2017 Marilyn Fixman Clinical Cancer Conference Series)

 

Team Members:

Ravi Vij, Samuel Achilefu, Monica Shokeen

Overview:

CMMN will be co-hosting the 2016 Harvey & Linda Saligman Lecture to be held in November. This year’s invited speaker is Prof. Bart Barolgie (Tisch Cancer Institute of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai).

 

(6) Title: Novartis Senior Medical Leadership Visit

 

Team Members:

Monica Shokeen, Samuel Achilefu

Overview:

Monica Shokeen, PhD (CMMN Investigator) and Samuel Achilefu, PhD (CMMN Co-Director) presented an overview of the Center to senior leaders of Novartis, followed by a discussion of potential areas of collaboration on May 18, 2016.

 

(7) Title: GE Medical Senior Medical Team Roundtable

 

Team Members:

Samuel Achilefu

Overview:

Samuel Achilefu, PhD presented an overview of the CMMN and discussed potential areas of collaboration with GE senior leaders on June 6, 2016.

 

(8) Title: Myeloma Crowd Round Tables

 

Team Members:

Ravi Vij, Monica Shokeen, Samuel Achilefu

Overview:

Ravi Vij, MD (CMMN Investigator), Monica Shokeen, PhD, and Samuel Achilefu, PhD served as expert speakers and panel discussants at the second round table of the Myeloma Crowd held in St. Louis, Missouri on June 18, 2016. The Myeloma Crowd meetings feature top experts in myeloma to educate patients who have high-risk genetics, relapsed, or become refractory to treatments. Patients and caregivers learn about the disease and treatment options from thought leaders, and the forum provides unique opportunity for patient-caregiver interactions.

 

(9) Title: MABioN Webinar

 

Team Members:

Samuel Achilefu

Overview:

Samuel Achilefu, PhD presented a webinar titled “Nanoparticles research in medicine and safety issues” to members of the Midwest Area Biosafety Network (MABioN) on June 16, 2016.

 

(10) Title: Inter NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology Collaboration

 

Team Members:

Lily Yang

Overview:

Invited speaker Lily Yang, MD, PhD (PI of an Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology grant) at Emory University, presented “Image-guided Precision Oncology using Theranostic Nanoparticles” on March 18, 2016 at Washington University School of Medicine.