International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation


Scientific and Research Committees

When evaluating proposals for research funding and following up on funded project results, the IWMF relies on the assistance of several committees. The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of top WM researchers from around the world, and its members provide guidance on the direction of the IWMF’s research strategy. Research grant proposals are solicited via the process of an annual Request for Proposals and evaluated by an independent committee composed of selected members of SAC and other experts as needed. The proposals are ranked according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) review criteria and forwarded to the IWMF Board of Trustees. Generally speaking, at this stage a decision to fund a proposal is based on proposal quality and fund availability. Once approved for funding, each project’s Principal Investigator submits periodic Progress Reports to the IWMF Research Committee, which is responsible for reviewing all Progress Reports and approving scheduled payments according to the terms of each project’s contract.

For a full list of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) download the PDF here.

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)


Name Medical Institution Website
Stephen Ansell, MD, PhD (Co-Chair, IWMF SAC) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota is external)
Steven Treon, MD, PhD (Co-Chair, IWMF SAC) Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts is external)
James R. Berenson, MD Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, West Hollywood, California is external)
Christian Buske, MD University Hospital, Ulm, Germany is external)
Glenn Cantor, DVM, PhD IWMF Board of Trustees and Torch Scientific Writer is external)
Jorge Castillo, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts is external)
Morton Coleman, MD Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York is external)
Meletios Dimopoulos, MD Alexandra Hospital, Athens, Greece is external)
Stanley Frankel, MD Columbia University, New York, New York is external)
Morie Gertz, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota is external)
Irene Ghobrial, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts is external)
Zachary Hunter, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts is external)
Efstathios Kastritis, MD National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine is external)
Eva Kimby, MD Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden is external)
Monique Minnema, MD UMC Utrecht, Netherlands is external)
Gwen L. Nichols, MD The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rye Brook, New York is external)
Roger Owen, MD St. James’s Institute of Oncology, Leeds, United Kingdom is external)
Lia Palomba, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is external)
Surinder Sahota, PhD University of Southampton, United Kingdom is external)
Marcel Spaargaren, Ph.D. Amsterdam UMC is external)
Sheeba Thomas, MD MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas is external)


Research Committee

  • Tom Hoffmann, MD, FACS, ACCP, Chair
  • Stephen Ansell, MD, Advisor
  • Glenn Cantor
  • Suzanne Herms
  • Linda Nelson, DMD, MScD
  • David Schnell, MD
  • Joe Thompson, PhD
  • Martin Vanderlaan, PhD, M.B.A.

NOTE: The IWMF Scientific and Research Committees are non-salaried positions. These positions are filled by volunteers, including researchers and physicians.


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