Join us for our second interview on Myeloma Crowd Radio highlighting the new Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative on high-risk myeloma. As part of this series, Dr. Guenther Koehne, MD, PhD of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will share his use of a T cell vaccine with an allogeneic transplant to provide outstanding results, even in plasma leukemia patients. His research pulls out T cells, marks them with a tag to target the WT1 protein, and are given back. He will describe how this works, the impact he has seen so far, the stage of his clinical trial and the work left to do to make this an available therapy for high-risk myeloma patients.
Dr. Guenther Kohene, MD, PhD is Medical Director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory in the Bone Marrow Transplantation Laboratory at Sloan Kettering. He is also Assistant Member and Assistant Attending Physician in the Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation Service. He is Assistant Professor of the Joan and Sanford Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He leads research at the BMT Department/Immunology Program to develop adoptive immunotherapeutic strategies for post-transplant blood disorders. He has particular expertise in the creation and monitoring of antigen-specific T cell responses in these patients. He is the Principal Investigator in active clinical trials using adoptive cell therapy following allogeneic stem cell transplants for multiple myeloma and plasma cell leukemia patients. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Hamburg, Germany and has been at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center permanently since 2005.
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