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CRC 2015: Dr. Thomas Kipps: Overview of the Mission of CRC (CLL Research Consortium) and the Biology of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and its Therapies

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This overview of the work and staff of the CRC and the implications of what we are learning about the biology of the chronic lymphocytic B cells has so many pearls that it defies any abbreviated listing of Take Away Points.

Dr. Kipps of USCD Moore Cancer Center heads up the CRC and started the amazing Patient Empowerment and Education Meeting held April 23, 2015 with this meaty and accessible lecture that might be considered required listening to anyone that wants a quick course in the state of the art and the latest areas of research in CLL.

The meeting featured sessions by a list of who’s who in CLL and every minute of the conference with be available on our website. The CLL Society proudly was a partner in the conference.

Lots to like about this opening lecture, but high points for me were:

  • Kipps’ wild analogies (subways and antennae and force fields to name but a few) to help us understand the biology of our cancer
  • His understanding that it is only by cracking the biology that we can move forward, and
  • Maybe best of all, his enduring and vigorous commitment to “close the deal” and go for the cure using nontoxic therapies.

It’s a full 37 minutes long, but worthy of our time.

Here is the video of the first of many lectures and interviews from the CRC meeting in San Diego in April 2015.

Brian Koffman 6/26/2015