A Look Back on New and Emerging Data in MDS

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Release Date: November 18, 2019
Expiration Date: November 18, 2020

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes

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Program Overview

It is critical that healthcare providers in the community setting remain up to date in the management of MDS. In this activity, you will hear from Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero and Dr. David Sallman on the advances made this year in MDS. This newsletter will cover recent studies that will impact practice and what to look for in the future.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for multidisciplinary healthcare providers in the community setting, including hematologists, oncologists, pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals who provide care to patients with myelodysplastic syndromes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize the efficacy and safety data from clinical trials investigating novel therapies and treatment strategies in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Outline clinical trials and recent advances in the management of serious disease-related conditions in MDS
  • Describe expert faculty perspectives on key clinical trial data for novel therapies and treatment strategies in MDS


A Look Back on New and Emerging Data in MDS – Guillermo Garcia-Manero, MD, and David Sallman, MD

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This activity is eligible for credit through November 18, 2020. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

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Faculty Biographies

Guillermo Garcia-Manero, MD
Dr. Kenneth B. McCredie Chair in Clinical Leukemia Research
Chief, Section of Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Department of Leukemia 
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero received his medical degree and training at the University of Zaragoza in Spain and at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He continued his training with a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the Cardeza Foundation for Hematology Research, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he served as chief fellow. Dr. Garcia-Manero is currently a Professor in the Department of Leukemia and the Dr. Kenneth B. McCredie Chair in Clinical Leukemia Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also serves as the Chief of the Section of Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Vice Chairman for Translational Research, Leader of the AML/MDS Moon Shot Program, and Program Director of the Leukemia Fellowship Program.

Dr. Garcia-Manero’s focus is on understanding the cellular and molecular biology of MDS and AML with an aim to improve therapeutic options for these patients. His work has been funded by NIH, DoD, LLS, CPRIT, and the MDS/AML Moon Shot project. He is currently PI/Co-PI on over 25 active AML/MDS clinical trials and has coauthored more than 682 manuscripts. Dr. Garcia-Manero directs one of the largest single institution units for patients with MDS and maintains one of the busiest clinics at MD Anderson. He has trained over 100 fellows and post-doctoral fellows and has been a speaker at multiple national and international forums. He has received numerous awards, including the Otis W. and Pearl L. Walters Faculty Achievement Award in Clinical Research and the Emil J. Freireich Award for Excellence in Translational Research. Dr. Garcia-Manero has also been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007.

David A. Sallman, MD
Assistant Member
Malignant Hematology Department
Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, Florida

Dr. David Sallman is an Assistant Member of the Malignant Hematology Department at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. His research interests focus on the development of novel, targeted therapeutic strategies for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and secondary acute myeloid leukemia (sAML) based on the underlying mutational drivers of the disease. Specifically, Dr. Sallman is involved in the study of the genetic drivers of myeloid diseases in order to improve prognostication for patients and also to allow for more personalized treatment. He has published significantly on this topic in peer-reviewed journals including Leukemia and Haematologica and this work is the foundation of clinical trials/translational studies designed to improve the quality of life and survival of patients with MDS. Dr. Sallman is also the principal investigator on multiple on-going studies focused on higher risk MDS.


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Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero has received honoraria as a consultant from Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc., Astex Pharmaceuticals, and Celgene Corporation. He has received grant support related to research activities from AbbVie Inc., Amphivena, Astex, Celgene, H3 Biomedicine Inc., Helsinn Healthcare SA, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis AG, and Onconova Therapeutics.

Dr. David Sallman has received honoraria related to speakers’ bureau activities from AbbVie Inc., Agios, Celgene Corporation, Incyte Corporation, and Novartis AG. He has received grant support related to research activities from Celgene and Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Andrea Mathis, Project Manager, and Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, Executive Director, have no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer Disclosure

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, all content is reviewed by external independent peer reviewers for balance, objectivity and commercial bias. The peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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This activity is supported by educational grants from Astex Pharmaceuticals, Celgene Corporation, and Takeda Oncology.

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