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The International Myeloma Foundation Presents Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Brian Durie

Hematologist, Researcher, Patient Advocate and Educator

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/16/06 -- The International Myeloma Foundation -- conducting research and providing education, advocacy, and support for myeloma patients, families, researchers, and physicians worldwide -- today will present the fourth annual Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award to Brian G.M. Durie, M.D., national director for hematological malignancies at Aptium Oncology, myeloma specialist at Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Cancer Center, and co-founder and chairman of the International Myeloma Foundation. The Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award honors "the physician who most exemplifies a singular dedication to and compassion for myeloma patients and treatment of their disease." The award will be presented at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

"Myeloma has gone from a bleak diagnosis for patients to one where patients can hope to live long, productive, active lives, and Dr Durie has made enormous contributions to that change," said Robert Kyle, M.D., for whom the award was named.

Among his many achievements, Dr. Durie co-developed the staging systems that allow precise, standard, objective evaluation of patients to guide their treatment -- both the International Staging System now being introduced into practice, and the original Durie-Salmon Myeloma Staging System, used for more than 25 years. Dr. Durie also chairs three major research groups -- the Myeloma Network for Aptium Oncology, the International Myeloma Foundation International Myeloma Working Group and the Myeloma Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). He has authored and co-authored more than 400 research papers and five books, and he has participated in more than 100 seminars for myeloma patients and their families around the world -- all of this in addition to his work as a hematologist, chairman of the International Myeloma Foundation, a member of its Scientific Advisory Board and co-chairman of Bank on Cure(TM), the world's first myeloma gene bank.

Dr. Kyle continued, "Through his work developing staging systems, through his visionary approaches to research and through his continued advocacy for patients through the International Myeloma Foundation, Dr. Durie has single-handedly helped shape the way myeloma patients are treated today and the way they will be treated in the future."

Dr. Kyle, for whom the award is named, was its first recipient. He spent more than 40 years at the Mayo Clinic where he founded the Myeloma and Related Diseases Research Group, and is founding chairman of the IMF Scientific Advisory Board. The other two award recipients are Bart Barlogie, M.D., Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Kenneth Anderson, M.D. at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is a cancer in the bone marrow that effects production of red cells, white cells and stem cells. It affects an estimated 750,000 people worldwide.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION

The International Myeloma Foundation is the oldest and largest myeloma organization, reaching more than 135,000 members in 113 countries worldwide. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families, the IMF focuses in four key areas: research, education, support and advocacy. To date, the IMF has conducted more than 100 educational seminars worldwide, maintains a world-renowned hotline, and operates Bank on a Cure®, a unique gene bank to advance myeloma research. The IMF can be reached at (800) 452-CURE. The global Website is www.myeloma.org with a companion Website in Spanish at www.myelomala.org.

Contact:
International Myeloma Foundation
800-452-2873

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Stephen Gendel
212-918-4650

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