Midwest Rare Blood Cancer Education Event to Take Place in Chicago

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The MPN Research Foundation is hosting a symposium to educate patients on myeloproliferative neoplasms, a group of rare blood cancers.

"These meetings provide a great opportunity for meeting and bonding with other facing similar diseases, questions, and struggles."

The MPN Research Foundation got its start in Chicago over a decade ago when a group of MPN (myeloproliferative neoplasms, a rare blood cancer) patients, incensed at the lack of treatment options, founded an organization dedicated to funding research and education for patients around the world. This September the Foundation will be honoring blood cancer awareness month by hosting its first Midwest MPN Patient Symposium in Chicago, IL.

This daylong event – bringing together over 150 MPN patients and their friends and family - will take place on September 20th in downtown Chicago. The event will feature several of the leading experts in treatment and research, as well as the Chicago MPN Roundtable, a group of doctors from Chicago's major medical institutions who have joined together to combine research and clinical efforts in polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis patients.

According to Dr. Ruben Mesa of Mayo Clinic, “Events like the MPN Patient Symposium have been a great forum for MPN patients and loved ones to both learn about their disease and find out how our understanding and treatment of the MPNs are evolving. Additionally, these meetings provide a great opportunity for meeting and bonding with other facing similar diseases, questions, and struggles.“

Myeloproliferative neoplasms – polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis – are a rare group of blood cancers that can strike anyone at any time and for which there are no effective treatment options that work for everyone.

Speakers for the event include:

  •     Dr. Ross Levine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center,
  •     Dr. Ruben Mesa, Mayo Clinic,
  •     Dr. David Snyder, City of Hope Cancer Center,
  •     Dr Laura Michaelis, Loyola University Medical Center,
  •     Dr. Srdan Verstovsek, Anderson Cancer Center,
  •     Dr. John Crispino and Dr. Brady Stein, from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

Tickets are available through EventBrite at http://chicagompnsymp.eventbrite.com/. If you have any questions about the event or accommodations contact Neesha Kharva with any questions at 312-683-7249 or nkharva(at)mpnresearchfoundation(dot)org

About The MPN Research Foundation

The MPN Research Foundation was started in 2000. Founded by patients, for patients, terms on every research grant are negotiated to maximize the dollars invested in actual research. The Foundation’s esteemed Scientific Advisory Board utilizes a rigorous selection process to ensure donations are allocated to the most innovative research projects. To date, the Foundation has awarded over eight million dollars for MPN research. While the priority remains on funding innovative and accountable MPN research, the mission also includes educating and empowering the MPN community.

MPN Research Foundation
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1870
Chicago, IL 60601
Office: 312-683-7249
Fax: 312-332-0840
Twitter: @MPN_RF
Blog: http://www.mpnrf.blogspot.com

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