Tag Archives: red blood cells

Translational Research: From the Lab to the Clinic

I had the coolest field trip today. I visited the Mullally lab, an independent research lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Hematology, with Harvard Medical School. It is a translational hematology research lab. Dr. Ann Mullally and her team of impressive scientists test theories to answer some of the pesky questions people living… Read More »

The Traffic Jam Within: A Primer on Blood Clots and Thrombosis

The 6th Annual International MPN Patient Symposium began with Dr. Babette Weksler giving us a fascinating overview on the invisible threat to people living with Polycythemia Vera (PV) and Essential Thrombocythemia (ET):  thrombosis. Dr. Weksler is with the Weill Cornell Medical College and Center.  She has studied and treated patients with thrombosis for over 35 years.  Dr. Weksler focuses on… Read More »

A Few Quick Thoughts from the 2011 MPN Patient Symposium

I just got back home from the whirlwind trip to New York City for the 6th International Patient MPN Symposium sponsored by the MPN Research Foundation and the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund.  The day was filled with fascinating speakers (several of whom were new to me) and each of them taught me something new.… Read More »

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Conference – Day 1 Highlights

More than 200 cancer patients, supporters, and physicians/researchers gathered at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale this morning at 8 am to begin a lively conference about the state of knowledge and treatment of the Myeloproliferative Neoplasms — Essential Thrombocythemia, Polycythemia Vera, and Myelo Fibrosis. Dr. Ruben Mesa opened the session and welcomed everyone and reminds us that… Read More »

Leeches, anyone?

Today, I was phlebotomized.I was so relieved when nurse Charlotte presented me with a clean needle instead of a bucket of leeches! Two years after an unexpected and frightening surgery, I am back in the learning mode about blood. I’ve been taking warfarin (aka Coumadin) since October, 2007. After mesentary venous thrombosis and intestinal ischemia,… Read More »