Advances in Minimal Residual Disease Monitoring Technology

Advances in Minimal Residual Disease Monitoring Technology

On-Demand Webcast

John N. Allan, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York

Jacqueline C. Barrientos, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Northwell Cancer Institute
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell
Great Neck, New York

John P. Leonard, MD
Professor, Medicine
Center for Lymphoma and Myeloma
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York

Thomas G. Martin, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, California

Joseph R. Mikhael, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor, Applied Cancer Research and Drug Discovery Division
City of Hope Cancer Center
Translational Genomics Research Institute
Phoenix, Arizona


Provided by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (NACCME), an HMP Company.

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This activity is designed for U.S. hematologists, medical oncologists, and other health-care professionals (physicians, physicians-in-training, oncology nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, etc) who are involved and/or interested in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and acute myeloid leukemia.


Minimal residual disease (MRD), sometimes referred to as measurable residual disease, is the quantification of remaining diseased cells after treatment has been completed. In hematologic malignancies, such as multiple myeloma (MM), B-cell precursor acute lymphocytic leukemia (B-ALL), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), MRD predicts disease recurrence and survival. Until recently, precise and accurate technology for measuring and defining MRD-negative status has lagged behind the development of treatments that have been effective in achieving that status. Next-generation technologies used for MRD measurements, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), flow cytometry, and next generation sequencing (NGS), have dramatically advanced in limits of detection in recent years, driven by the ability of novel targeted agents to improve the eradication of disease. MRD has become a necessary tool to ensure optimal outcomes for patients with hematologic malignancies. Thus, with the evolving clinical data pool surrounding the quantification of MRD, healthcare professionals (HCPs) who treat patients with hematologic malignancies require targeted education to ensure a thorough understanding of the benefits of setting MRD negativity as a treatment goal, as well as an increased awareness of the tools available to quantify it. Therefore, to reach providers positioned to effect meaningful change within the management of hematologic malignancies and positively impact patient care, education that centers on the latest evidence and strategies to overcome challenges surrounding MRD monitoring is warranted and necessary.

This webcast aims to fill the gaps in clinician knowledge about the various techniques to detect MRD and their prognostic significance for patients with hematologic malignancies.




After participating in this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Describe the application and prognostic significance of currently available MRD testing methods in hematologic malignancies
  • Compare the limits of detection among older and next-generation technologies used in MRD detection
  • Summarize the advantages and disadvantages of peripheral blood sampling compared to bone marrow aspiration in terms of patient safety and clinical applicability

To be eligible for credit, participants must complete the online activity and the evaluation. Upon completing the activity, there will be instructions on how to complete the evaluation and print a certificate or other documentation of credit.

Release Date: November 11, 2020
Expiration Date: November 11, 2021
Estimated Time to Complete: 100 minutes

There is no fee associated with this activity.


Supported by an educational grant from: Adaptive Biotechnologies



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Planning Committee

In addition to the faculty listed below, NACCME planners and staff include Christopher Bolwell, Samantha Conforti, Mary Johnson, Randy Robbin, Greaton Sellers, Shannon Stevenson, and Griselda Zuccarino-Catania. 

Christopher Bolwell is a shareholder of GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline is not supporting this activity, nor does any content relate to their products or services.

Griselda Zuccarino-Catania disclosed that her spouse is employed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

No other planner has disclosed a relevant financial relationship with any commercial interest.


The faculty has reported the following:

John Allan: Advisory Board-AbbVie, Ascentage Pharma Group, Cellectar, Genentech, Janssen, Pharmacyclics, Sunesis; Consultant-AbbVie, AstraZeneca; Speaker-AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Pharmacyclics; Grant/Research SupportCelgene, Genentech, Janssen

Jacqueline Barrientos: Advisory Board-AstraZeneca, Genentech, Gilead; Grant/Research Support-Oncternal Therapeutics

John Leonard has nothing to disclose

Thomas G. Martin: Consultant-GSK, Legend; Grant/Research Support-Amgen, Janssen, Sanofi, Seattle Genetics

Joseph Mikhael: Consultant-Amgen, Celgene, GSK, Janssen, Karyopharm, Sanofi, Takeda


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