Dr. Emmanoulidies, Carol Gelber, Dr. Judith Gasson, Director of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA, Dr. Munshi and Dr. Tournilhac at the dinner reception held at the UCLA's Faculty Club.
Carol Gelber holding the Arnie Smokler memorial award dedicated to her late husband, Jack Gelber.
Drs. Treon and Pilarski at the dinner reception at the UCLA faculty club.
2nd International Patient & Physician Summit on Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
November 7-9, 2003, Los Angeles, CA
One hundred fifty patients with Waldenstrom’s
macroglobulinemia joined eleven clinical investigators from across
the globe at the 2nd International Workshop on WM held in Los
Angeles, CA. The summit, co-hosted by Dr. Christos Emmanouilides of
the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA, and Dr. Steven
Treon of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute helped to inform patients
on the most recent clinical and basic science developments in WM.
opened with a brief introduction by Dr. Christos Emmanouilides
welcoming everyone to the program followed by presentations giving
updates and overviews about what in known about the disease. This
included talks on the clinical presentation, biology, genetics, and
pathology of WM by Drs. Kyle, Pilarski, Fonseca, and Said
respectively. The topics then shifted to the treatment and
management of WM including a talk on when to treat by Dr. Kyle and
an overview of current chemotherapy and antibody therapy options
including perspectives on how to decide which therapy is most
appropriate was given by the summit co-chairs, Drs. Emmanouilides
and Treon. The conference ended with a session devoted to new and
upcoming therapies such as Zevlin, Thalidomide/Revamid, Genasense,
Velcade, and vaccine therapy by Drs. Emmanouilides, Munshi, and
Nichols. Also included during this time was an overview of Auto and
Allogeneic transplantation in WM by Dr. Tournilhac, a talk on IgM
related neuropathies by Dr. Levine, and a perspective of the impact
of the new HIPPA legislation by Fred Tobia.
International Summit on WM was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Jack
Gelber of New York City who was awarded the Arnie Smokler award in
celebration of his life and efforts in helping patients with WM. Mr.
Gelber who led the New York City WM Support Group, was also an
active board member of the IWMF, and was the editor of the "Torch",
a publication devoted to bringing timely updates on WM to patients
and physicians. Mr. Gelber's wife, Carol accepted the award on her
late husband's behalf.
We would like the thank, the Research Fund for Waldenstroms, IDEC
Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Genentech, the International Waldenstrom’s
Macroglobulinemia Foundation, Celgene Corporation, Berlex
Laboratories, and the Doubletree Hotel-Los Angeles/Westwood for
their generous support of this summit.