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Joseph M. Connors, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Joseph Connors is a clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, at the University of British Columbia and the Clinical Director of the BC Cancer Agency Centre for Lymphoid Cancer. He is best known for his clinical investigations into the treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemias and multiple myeloma. He serves as a member of the executive committee of the Hematology Site Group for the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group, as chair of the Educational Affairs Committee of the American Society of Hematology, and on the scientific advisory boards of the Lymphoma Foundation Canada and the Lymphoma Research Foundation of the United States. Dr. Connors has published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles addressing various aspects of research into lymphoid cancers.

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Martin Dreyling, MD, PhD
Dr. Martin Dreyling is an attending physician and associate professor in the Medical Department of the University of Munich, Grosshadern, Germany. His primary interests include the molecular biology and clinical care of lymphoma. Dr. Dreyling’s research activities relate to the molecular basis of malignant transformation, cell cycle dysregulation in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), secondary genetic alterations and biological prognostic factors in malignant lymphoma, and innovative therapeutic approaches in indolent lymphoma. He is actively involved in a number of national and European study groups, and is currently the Coordinator of the European MCL Network. Dr. Dreyling has co-authored over 300 scientific papers, book chapters and published abstracts in international peer-reviewed journals.

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Gilles Salles, MD
Dr. Gilles Salles is a Professor in the Department of Hematology at the Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud, Lyon, France, and Head of the Research Unit Pathologie des Cellules Lymphoïdes at the University of Lyon. He served as Chairman of the Scientific Committee of GELA (Groupe d’Etude des Lymphomes de l’Adulte) until 2007 and is presently acting as vice-president of this group. He is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the European Hematology Association. Professor Salles has been especially interested in the clinical and biological study of malignant lymphoma, and major focuses of his work include the description and validation of prognostic factors as well as clinical trials in indolent lymphomas. He has been involved as a coordinator or co-investigator in many clinical trials and studies within his field, and has published numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

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James Johnston, MD, FRCP
Dr. James Johnston is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba and a Hematologist at CancerCare Manitoba. He is primarily interested in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and is responsible for the CLL clinic at CancerCare Manitoba. He is also the Clinical Director of the Manitoba CLL Tumour Bank. Dr. Johnston’s research activities relate to the epidemiology of CLL and to the mechanism of action of anti-tumour agents in this disease. He is involved in a number of educational activities related to CLL and with Dr Spencer Gibson organizes the “Canadian CLL Meeting” which is held annually in Winnipeg.