Taking Aim at an Ideal Therapeutic Target in Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma
Release Date: August 27, 2020
Expiration Date: August 27, 2021
Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 60 minutes
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This activity was previously presented between August 10 and 17, 2020 as a live webinar. Please note: If you participated in one of the live webinars, you are ineligible to receive an additional 1.0 contact hour of credit and may not re-submit for credit previously awarded.
Awareness and knowledge of B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) as a therapeutic target remains limited among clinicians who provide care for patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM). However, the number of clinical trials evaluating these therapies is rapidly increasing; and a few have even received breakthrough therapy status. In this activity, three experts provide a better understanding of BCMA as a target, along with an improved knowledge of emerging efficacy and safety data that may soon inform the use of these promising strategies in clinical practice.
This activity is designed for multidisciplinary healthcare providers in the community setting, including hematologists, oncologists, nurses, pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals who provide care to patients with multiple myeloma.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Explain the importance of BCMA as a therapeutic target in multiple myeloma, as shown in studies of antibody-drug conjugates, T-cell based therapy, and other approaches
- Integrate BCMA-directed therapy into clinical practice for patients with multiple myeloma
- Develop patient monitoring and management strategies for the toxicities associated with BCMA-targeted therapies
Targeting BCMA in Myeloma: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? – Sarah A. Holstein, MD, PhD
The Efficacy of BCMA-directed Therapy in Myeloma: What Do We Know? – Muhamed Baljevic, MD
TEAEs Related to BCMA-directed Therapy: What to Expect, and How to Manage Them – Natalie S. Callander, MD
BCMA-directed Therapies: What Do We Know About Resistance Mechanisms and Sequencing? – Sarah A. Holstein, MD, PhD
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Sarah A. Holstein, MD, PhD
Division of Oncology and Hematology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Sarah Holstein received her medical degree and PhD in pharmacology from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She continued her postgraduate studies there with a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Oncology and Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Dr. Holstein holds board certification in internal medicine, hematology, oncology, as well as by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the International Myeloma Society of Hematologic Oncology. In addition, Dr. Holstein is a member of the Alliance Multiple Myeloma Committee and the NCCN Multiple Myeloma Panel. She has written numerous peer-reviewed research articles as well as review articles and book chapters, and is an ad hoc reviewer for dozens of peer-review journals.
As a physician-scientist who specializes in the treatment of multiple myeloma, Dr. Holstein’s laboratory is focused on gaining a better understanding of the pathophysiology and the development of novel therapeutic agents for this disease. She is an active clinical investigator, and has been involved in clinical trials for newly diagnosed myeloma, relapsed/refractory disease, as well as in the post-transplant maintenance setting.
Muhamed Baljevic, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology and Oncology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Muhamed Baljevic completed his medical education at the Weill Cornell Medical College. During his medical training, he worked in the Ansary Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. He subsequently completed his internal medicine internship and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center, and his hematology and medical oncology training at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, Dr. Baljevic pursued a master’s degree in clinical and translational research at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Baljevic is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he also works as a plasma cell dyscrasia (PCD) specialist, transplanter, and clinical/translational trialist at Fred & Pamela Buffet Cancer Center (FPBCC).
Dr. Baljevic is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Hematology, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the European Hematology Association, and the American Society of Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. In addition, he is a member of the NCCN Multiple Myeloma/Systemic Light Chain Amyloidosis/Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia Panel, as well as the Myeloma CAR T cell strategic council. Dr. Baljevic serves on the editorial board for Frontiers in Oncology. He also has contributed to publications in Nature Medicine, Cancer Cell, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Circulation Research, Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, as well as several book chapters.
In his current role at FPBCC, Dr. Baljevic investigates early-phase development of pre-clinical concepts in post-transplant immune reconstitution in an effort to obtain a better understanding of proteasome inhibitor resistance. His research also seeks to identify novel approaches for the treatment of B-cell and myeloid malignancies, including novel immunotherapy, antibody conjugates, CAR T cells, BiTEs, and small molecule targeted inhibitors. He recently successfully performed the first bloodless stem cell transplantation for a Jehovah’s Witness multiple myeloma patient in the state of Nebraska.
Natalie S. Callander, MD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Natalie Callander received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. She completed her residency and internship at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and her fellowship at the University of California San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Callander is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant at the University of Wisconsin. In addition, she is an Attending Physician at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and Director of the Myeloma Clinical Program.
Dr. Callander is board certified in hematology, internal medicine, and medical oncology. She holds memberships in the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, among others. In addition, she is an ad hoc reviewer for publications including Blood, Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation, British Medical Journal, and the American Journal of Hematology. Dr. Callander’s clinical and research interests include inpatient and outpatient care of hematology and bone marrow transplant patients and multiple myeloma.
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Dr. Sarah Holstein has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities and as a consultant from Celgene Corporation – A Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Inc. Oncopeptides, AB, and Sanofi.
Dr. Muhamed Baljevic has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities and as a consultant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Celgene Corporation – A Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. He has received grant support related to research activities from Karyopharm Therapeutics.
Dr. Natalie Callander has received honoraria as a consultant from Cellectar Biosciences, Inc.
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