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.

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

Name Medical Institution Website
Stephen Ansell, MD, PhD (Co-Chair, IWMF SAC) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota www.mayoclinic.org(link is external)
Steven Treon, MD, PhD (Co-Chair, IWMF SAC) Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts www.dana-farber.org(link is external)
James R. Berenson, MD Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, West Hollywood, California www.imbcr.org(link is external)
Christian Buske, MD University Hospital, Ulm, Germany uni-ulm.de(link is external)
Jorge Castillo, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts www.dana-farber.org(link is external)
Morton Coleman, MD Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York www.nyp.org(link is external)
Meletios Dimopoulos, MD Alexandra Hospital, Athens, Greece www.school.med.uoa.gr(link is external)
Stanley Frankel, MD Columbia University, New York, New York www.cumc.columbia.edu(link is external)
Morie Gertz, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota www.mayoclinic.org(link is external)
Irene Ghobrial, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts www.dana-farber.org(link is external)
Zachary Hunter, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts www.dana-farber.org(link is external)
Efstathios Kastritis, MD National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine https://en.uoa.gr/(link is external)
Eva Kimby, MD Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden ki.se/en/startpage(link is external)
Véronique Leblond, MD, PhD Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière, Paris, France www.pitiesalpetriere.aphp.fr(link is external)
Monique Minnema, MD UMC Utrecht, Netherlands www.umcutrecht.nl/nl(link is external)
Gwen L. Nichols, MD The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rye Brook, New York www.lls.org(link is external)
Roger Owen, MD St. James’s Institute of Oncology, Leeds, United Kingdom www.leedsth.nhs.uk(link is external)
Lia Palomba, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center www.mskcc.org(link is external)
Surinder Sahota, PhD University of Southampton, United Kingdom www.southampton.ac.uk(link is external)
Sheeba Thomas, MD MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas www.mdanderson.org(link is external)
Brian Van Ness, PhD University of Minnesota www.med.umn.edu(link is external)

Research Committee

  • Tom Hoffmann, MD, FACS, ACCP, Chair
  • Stephen Ansell, MD, Advisor
  • Glenn Cantor, volunteer
  • Suzanne Herms, volunteer
  • Meg Mangin, RN
  • Linda Nelson, DMD, MScD
  • Colin Perrott, PhD, volunteer
  • Charles Ritz, PhD, volunteer

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