Thank you!

To all our local organizers, IMS leadership, faculty, presenters, attendees, and sponsors, thank you for making the 17th International Myeloma Workshop (IMW) a great success!

Over 3200 registered delegates attended the 17th IMW, the largest in the history of the workshop. In addition to 150 invited faculty, over 600 study abstracts were presented at the 17th IMW in oral and poster sessions, including 150 from young investigators.

Congratulations to the 40 young investigators who were honored at the 17th IMW, and to Professor Giampaolo Merlini who received the Jan Gosta Waldenstrom Award for lifetime contributions to myeloma; Dr. Constantine Mitisades who received the Kenneth C. Anderson Young Investigator Award for Basic and Translational Research; and Dr. Francesca Gay who received the Bart Barlogie Young Investigator Award for Therapeutics.

The 18th IMW will be held September 8-11, 2021, in Vienna, Austria under the auspices of professors Heinz Ludwig, Hermann Einsele, Hartmut Goldschmidt and Roman Hajek. More information on the 18th IMW will be forthcoming at

Steve Treon, Paul Richardson, Ken Anderson, Nikhil Munshi
and all the organizers of the 17th IMW

Nursing Symposium Overview

The 4th Nursing Symposium will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019, in conjunction with the 17th International Myeloma Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts. The audience for this live conference is nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, advanced degree nurses, hematology/oncology nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. In particular, the educational symposia will include didactic, interactive, evidence-based, and fair-balanced content targeted to the supportive care of the patient with multiple myeloma. A particular focus will be placed in the role of immunotherapies, unique considerations with the delivery of new drugs and management of side effects, and the use of patient reported outcomes in our understanding of quality of life. There will be a variety of educational formats conducive to interaction and includes live oral presentations with Q&A sessions. Nurses will be able to disseminate the latest nursing research in the field of myeloma with the best-selected abstracts presented live in a plenary session and also in poster format within the main program.


Abstract Submission to the Nursing Symposium

The Nursing Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for the 17th International Myeloma Workshop, taking place September 12-15, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Any licensed healthcare professional can submit an abstract to be considered for oral or poster presentation in the nursing conference to be held on September 13, 2019. Ten oral abstracts will be selected.  Abstracts selected (oral and poster) will be included in official conference proceedings. 

Abstracts are being considered in areas relating broadly, to supportive care in myeloma. This may include symptom management; toxicities; health related quality of life (HRQOL); late and long-term effects; models of care; advanced practice nursing and care delivery.


For the submitted abstract, please include: 

  1. All authors and Affiliation/Institution
  2. Corresponding Author/Email
  3. Abstract (It is suggested that the abstract be structured as below): 
    1. Background:
    2. Aims:
    3. Methods: 
    4. Results:
    5. Conclusion
  4. Conflict of Interest Disclosure for each author


Submission Types 

Oral Abstract – Ten high-ranking abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. 

Poster Abstract – Presenters will make physical or electronic posters to present during dedicated poster sessions. Presenters are required to be with their posters during the evening poster reception times.


Guidelines for submission

  1. All abstract submissions must be submitted online. The Scientific Program Committee will not accept faxed, emailed or mailed submissions.
  2. Authors must indicate that they would like to be considered for the Nursing Symposium before submitting their abstract.
  3. Authors may make changes to the abstract until the submission deadline. No changes will be accepted after the submission deadline.
  4. All accepted abstract presenters must be registered for the IMW prior to presentation.
  5. The IMW does not cover travel or registration fees for abstract presenters.
  6. All complete and finalized abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee.

Submit your abstract here.  The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Notifications will be made by Friday, June 28, 2019. 

Abstracts for research with late breaking results will be considered until Wednesday, July 24, with notifications by Thursday, August 1, 2019.




  Nursing Symposium and
Workshop Access
 Nursing Symposium $200  $300*
*Guests are welcome to register for the IMW. Guests will receive a badge that allows access to the exhibition area including coffee breaks and lunch, and the Opening and Closing Ceremony Events. This registration rate does not include entrance to scientific sessions and does not include meeting materials.




CME Credits

CME Credits are available for the 17th International Myeloma Workshop - click here for detailed information.


2019 Nursing Symposium Organizing Committee


Australia: Tracy King RN MSc

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Multiple Myeloma, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Clinical Lecturer & Research Fellow, Sydney University, Sydney

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USA: Beth Faiman PhD, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN

Nurse Practitioner, Multiple Myeloma Program, Cleveland Clinic Ohio

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USA: Kathy Colson RN, BSN, BS

Clinical Research Nurse, Multiple Myeloma

Department of Hematology Oncology

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston

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USA: Kimberly Noonan RN, ANP, AOCN

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston

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USA: Deborah Doss RN, OCN

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston


USA: Jill Burke APRN BC

Nurse Practitioner, Multiple Myeloma, Plasma Cell Diseases

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Center for Multiple Myeloma


USA: Charise Gleason, MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

Nurse Practitioner, Multiple Myeloma Program

The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Atlanta, GA


USA: Tiffany Richards MS, ANP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Multiple Myeloma

MD Anderson, Houston



Australia: Julija Sipavicius

BMT / Multiple Myeloma Nurse Practitioner

Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney


Switzerland: Matthias Hellberg-Naegele 

Advanced Practice Nurse Multiple Myeloma 

Cancer Center, Zurich


UK: Tanya Burton 

MacMillan Myeloma Clinical Nurse Specialist 

Cardiff & Vale Health Board, Wales


UK: Emma Dowling London

MacMillan Myeloma Clinical Nurse Specialist

HCA Healthcare UK @UCH, London



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