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

Attendee Registration - 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
EXHIBITIONS OPEN 11:30 Am to 4:30 pm

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Plenary Session


Scheduled Time

Welcome to IMW17 S Treon (Chair) P. Richardson (Co-Chair) 8:00 AM
Keynote Address Hon. Martin Walsh, Mayor of Boston
(Introduction by S. Treon)
8:20 AM
History of IMW R Kyle (Introduction by Ken Anderson)
8:30 AM
IMS President Address: State of the Art for Myeloma in 2019 J San Miguel (Introduction by N Munshi)
 8:40 AM
Precursor Conditions    
Session Chairs R Kyle / F Davies  
Monoclonal Gammopathy of Unknown Significance R Kyle 8:55 AM
Risk factors for MGUS/SMM progression V Rajkumar  9:00 AM
Genomic Profiling: How is MGUS/SM different from Active MM? N Bolli  9:15 AM
Role of the Microenvironment in MGUS progression M Dhodapkar  9:30 AM
MGRS and other Paraprotein Related Conditions J Fermand  9:45 AM
Management of Smoldering Myeloma M Mateos  10:00 AM
New Concepts in Preventing SM Progression I Ghobrial  10:15 AM
Multiple Myeloma: Diagnosis and Management    
Session Chairs M Boccadoro/V Rajkumar  10:30 AM
Diagnostic Criteria and Workup in 2019 S Kumar  10:30 AM
How do we use prognostic factors to Guide Treatment Decisions? P Sonneveld  10:45 AM
When and how should MRD be evaluated in MM? B Paiva  11:00 AM
Should MRD status guide drug development and approval? F Gay  11:15 AM
Challenges with current MM response criteria J Blade  11:30 AM
Imaging Approaches for MM E Zamagni  11:45 AM

Lunch and EXHIBITionS 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Multiple Myeloma Genomics    
Session Chairs R Fonseca/W Chng  
Somatic Variants in Newly Diagnosed MM H Avet-Loiseau  1:00 PM
Clonal Diversity and Evolution in Myeloma N Munshi  1:15 PM
Transcriptome of Malignant Plasma Cells G Morgan  1:30 PM
Epigenomics of Myeloma C Ott  1:45 PM
Signalomics of Malignant Plasma Cells M Raab   2:00 PM
Importance of Microbiome in MM Growth and Survival L Bergsagel  2:15 PM
Multiple Myeloma: Current Treatment Approaches    
Session Chairs P Richardson/M Mateos  
Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Myeloma Transplant Eligible M Cavo  2:30 PM
Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Myeloma Non-Transplant T Facon  2:45 PM
Consolidation Strategies for MM E Staudtmauer  3:00 PM
Maintenance Strategies for MM P McCarthy  3:15 PM
Treatment Options for Relapsed/Refractory Patients P Moreau  3:30 PM
Treatment Options for Later Relapse and Refractory Patients S Lonial  3:45 PM

Refreshment Break and EXHIBITionS 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Hot Topics in Myeloma    
In 2019, is ASCT the right answer for all transplant eligible MM patients?     4:30 - 5:00 PM
Session Moderators M Cavo/S Zweegman  
Panelists M Mohty/H Goldschmidt/D Siegel/F Gay  
In 2019, when is allogeneic transplant the right answer for MM ?     5:00 - 5:30 PM
Session Moderators S Giralt/H Einsele  
Panelists J Wolf/G Gahrton/W Bensinger/A Krishan  
Keynote Addresses    
What are the critical unanswered questions for MM in 2019? M Dimopoulos (Introduction by N Raje)  5:30 PM
Castleman’s Disease: A Personal Journey DC Fajgenbaum (Introduction by S Treon)  5:45 PM
Day Adjournment   6:00 PM

Opening Ceremonies and Young Investigator Award
Presentations at the Boston Museum of Science - 7:30 PM

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