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Acute GVHD Diagnostics, Leveraging Biomarkers in Patient Treatment

Dr. James Ferrara, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presents clinical case studies on the aGVHD MAGIC algorithm

A leader in the industry, Dr. Ferrara’s career has focused on the immunology of BMT, particularly its major complication GVHD. Using innovative proteomic techniques, his team has identified and validated biomarkers for skin, gut and steroid-resistant GVHD. Eurofins Viracor is exclusively partnering with Dr. Ferrara to utilize the approach developed by Drs. Ferrara and Levine and the Mount Sinai Acute GVHD International Consortium (MAGIC).

Learn how the Pre-Symptomatic, Symptom Onset, and Post-Treatment algorithms can predict if Hematopoietic Cell Transplant patients (HCT) are at high risk for non-relapse mortality and acute graft-versus-host disease.

Dr. Ferrara discusses the biology of the biomarkers utilized in the aGVHD Algorithm testing (REG-3α and ST2), explaining how they act as a “liquid biopsy” of the GI tract.

In addition, Dr. Ferrara explores three different clinical scenarios where utilization of the aGVHD algorithm tests could predict non-relapse mortality and aGVHD. While reviewing example reports for each of the clinical scenarios, Dr. Ferrara recommends the desired approach for treatment.


Using the MAGIC Algorithm Probability (MAP) to Guide Acute GVHD Treatment

Drs. James Ferrara, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Ryotaro Nakamura, City of Hope present:

  • The biology of the biomarkers used in the aGVHD Algorithm assays
  • How MAGIC Algorithm Probability (MAP) testing classifies patients for long term risk of severe GVHD and non-relapse mortality identify in pre-symptomatic, symptom onset, and post-treatment HCT patients
  • How to interpret MAPs as response biomarkers
  • Case studies recommending treatment approaches guided by MAPs


Monitoring Acute GVHD with Biomarkers: How to Interpret Changes in the MAP

Presented by Dr. James Ferrara, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


How Serum Biomarkers can Guide aGHVD Therapy: Results not matching up with GVHD, TMA (Thrombotic Microangiopathy) and COD

Drs. James Ferrara, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai gives this presentation, originally at the Tandem Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR 2022.

About Dr. James Ferrara

Ward-Coleman Chair in Cancer Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine, Ichan School of Medicine Mount Sinai

Dr. James Ferrara is a physician-scientist whose clinical and research career has focused on the immunology of bone marrow transplantation (BMT), particularly its major complication graft versus host disease (GVHD). Using trailblazing proteomic techniques, his team has identified and validated unexpected biomarkers for skin, gut and steroid-resistant GVHD. He has created exceptionally large and informative biorepositories and then mined them to meld these biomarkers into the first algorithm that predicts response to treatment and that can guide GVHD therapy. Dr. Ferrara’s pioneering mechanistic studies have illuminated unexpected interactions between the innate and adaptive immune systems and have led to both conceptual breakthroughs and the discovery of novel therapeutic targets. A superb clinician and world-class clinical investigator, his decades-long focus on GVHD has significant potential impact in making BMT safer and more effective for all patients.

Dr. Ferrara graduated Cum laude from Georgetown Medical School and then completed his pediatric residency and fellowship at Boston’s Children’s and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After 19 years he went to the University of Michigan to direct the combined adult and pediatric BMT program. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai recruited Dr. Ferrara in 2014 to become the Ward-Coleman professor of Cancer medicine and to direct the Center for Translational Research in Hematologic Malignancies.

About Dr. Ryotaro Nakamura

Hematologist - Oncologist
Associate Professor of Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation; Co-director, Center for Stem Cell Transplantation

Since joining City of Hope in 2002, Ryotaro Nakamura, M.D. has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research in stem cell transplantation and development of cancer vaccines. Among his promising projects: A study indicating that bone marrow transplants may be effective in treating systemic mastocytosis, a rare blood disease with no known cure, and the use of vaccines to replace antivirals which can often spawn deadly infections.

Dr. Nakamura trained in Japan and served a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, before arriving at City of Hope’s Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute, which includes the Judy and Bernard Briskin Center for Multiple Myeloma Research, Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center and Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research

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