International Patient Symposium on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

CR&T is proud to host the International Patient Symposium on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs).  During this full-day education event, patients, their families, and their friends learn about the latest developments in MPN research and treatment.

The program features presentations by distinguished basic scientists and clinical research physicians from the world’s leading MPN centers. In the afternoon, attendees have the opportunity to speak with these experts during disease-specific Q&A sessions.

Thanks to the support of our generous corporate and individual sponsors, CR&T is able to post videos of the Symposium presentations on our website.  You can view them here.

The next Symposium will be held in New York City on October 28, 2020.  As soon as we have more details, we’ll post the information here and send an email to everyone on our mailing list.  To add your name to our list, please click here

2019 Patient Symposium Presenters
2019 Patient Symposium Presenters
First row (l-r): Drs. Robyn Scherber, Richard Silver, and Andrew Schafer; Dave Boule, Patient Committee Chair
Second row (l-r): Drs. Hans Hasselbalch, Srdan Verstovsek, Jerry Spivak, and Ronald Hoffman
Not pictured: Dr. Koen van Besien

10th International Patient Symposium on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms


When:  Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Where:  Belfer Research Building – Weill Cornell Medicine, 413 East 69th Street, New York, NY  10021


8:00 AM – Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM – Welcome and Introduction

  • Lewis C. Cantley, PhD, Director, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine/ Ronald P. Stanton Clinical Cancer Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine
  • David T. Boule, Patient Committee Chair, CR&T

9:00 AM – Summary of MPN Research Presented at the 2018 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and  2019 Update

  • Andrew I. Schafer, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

9:30 AM – Immunotherapy

  • Hans Hasselbalch, MD, PhD, Roskilde Hospital, Roskilde, Denmark

10:00 AM – Current Management of Polycythemia Vera

  • Richard T. Silver, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

10:30 AM – Break

11:00 AM – Current Management of Myelofibrosis

  • Ronald Hoffman, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

11:30 AM – Essential Thrombocythemia: A Case Study

  • Jerry L. Spivak, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD

12:00 PM – Current State of Stem Cell Transplants in MPN Therapy

  • Koen van Besien, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

12:30 PM – Lunch

1:45 PM – New MPN Treatments and Drugs

  • Srdan Verstovsek, MD, PhD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

2:15 PM – Diet, Exercise, and Mindfulness

  • Robyn Scherber, MD, MPH, UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center, San Antonio, TX

2:45 PM – Moderated Q&A

  • Richard T. Silver, MD, and Entire Panel

3:15 PM – Break

3:45 PM – Q&A Groups (moderated by Symposium presenters)

  • Polycythemia Vera – Drs. Hasselbalch and Silver
  • Essential Thrombocythemia – Drs. Schafer and Spivak
  • Myelofibrosis – Drs. Hoffman, van Besien, and Verstovsek
  • Wellness and Self-Strategies to Live Well with My MPN – Dr. Scherber

5:15 PM – Wine Reception & Tours of Belfer Research Laboratories

6:15 PM – Adjournment

Space is limited – Register Today!

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Rosenstein at 212-288-6604 or


Belfer Research Building
Weill Cornell Medicine
413 East 69th Street
New York, NY  10021

A continental breakfast and box lunch will be provided, as well as a post-Symposium wine reception and tours of the Belfer Research laboratories.

Hotel Information

Hotel rooms are available at a special rate for Symposium attendees at the Marriott Courtyard New York/Upper East Side (reservation deadline: September 24).  For more information and to reserve, please visit: Hotel Information

Parking Information

For a list of garages near Weill Cornell Medicine, please visit: Event Parking

Discount on Registration for the 12th International MPN Congress

Patient Symposium registrants who wish to attend the 12th International MPN Congress, a two-day professional education program that will be held from October 24-25, are eligible for a $100 discount off their registration.  We will send a discount code to interested attendees after they sign up for the Symposium.

Need More Information?

Contact Barbara Rosenstein at 212-288-6604 or