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"Cancer is a thief"

Some may wonder what drives someone to become a Cancer researcher. In this video titled "Cancer is a thief" Dr. Ruben Mesa speaks movingly of his personal and professional motivations as a Cancer Center Director, renowned MPN researcher and human being who has experienced personal loss. Thank you Dr. Mesa for sharing your personal story, and for your work on behalf of those living with the rare blood cancers myeloproliferative neoplasms.  [...]

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Let the FDA know about your experience living with PV, ET or MF!

You may have heard that MPNRF, along with fellow MPN advocates, is holding an externally-led Patient Focused Drug Development meeting with the FDA this September. If you are living with PV, ET or MF we are making sure your voice counts and is heard by the FDA. One of the means of doing this is collecting feedback via a quick phone survey with two questions: [...]

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Rare Disease Advocacy Summer

Summer is here and Rare Across America has a unique opportunity to connect Members of Congress with their constituents who are living with a rare disease such as Polycythemia Vera, Essential Thrombocythemia and Myelofibrosis. Their program sets up meetings with advocates and Members of Congress or their staffers for a discussion on something YOU know well: what it is like to live with an MPN and what Congress could possibly do to help.  [...]

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MPNRF's Executive Director Discusses the Interferon Initiative

The MPN Research Foundation has invested more in Interferon research in the past few years through our MPN Interferon Initiative, a global collaboration among researchers and patient advocacy organizations. Interferon is a drug that has been on the market for decades. It was developed to treat viral infections like hepatitis B, but the medical community has also found uses for it in the treatment of cancer, including myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). [...]

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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

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Patient advocacy groups and pharma money

You may have seen articles recently (here and here are two examples) on the issue of patient advocacy organizations or physicians taking funds from the pharmaceutical industry. We at MPNRF have been thinking a lot about this for years. In 2011 we adopted and published a policy on how MPNRF would maintain independence and neutrality in light of accepting contributions from sources that include pharmaceutical and smaller biotech companies. These funds come in the form of support for: [...]

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History was made in Chicago last month

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