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Release Date: June 23, 2017
Expiration Date: June 23, 2018

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

Program Overview

In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), several epigenetic pathways have been implicated in disease pathogenesis, including DNA methylation, histone acetylation, and histone methylation. Ongoing research is focusing on these epigenetic pathways for the development of novel agents and regimens across the disease lifecycle. Join Dr. Ravandi-Kashani as he describes the molecular and cellular processes that are driving oncogenesis in AML, how the mechanisms of action of several new and emerging agents in AML target specific genetic mutations, and the critical implications for clinical practice.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other health care professionals who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in acute myeloid leukemia.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the various epigenetic pathways for AML oncogenesis
  • Describe current trials and best practices focusing on epigenetic therapies that will support improved outcomes in patients with AML


Exploring Epigenetics in AML Oncogenesis – Farhad Ravandi, MD

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through June 23, 2018. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

  1. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
  2. You may be asked to complete a short pre-test before accessing the educational content. This must be completed in order to move forward in the activity.
  3. Complete the educational content as designed.
  4. Complete the post-test. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 70%.
  5. Complete the activity evaluation survey to provide feedback and information useful for future programming.
  6. Certificates for CME may be printed immediately after successfully completing the post-test and activity evaluation. Pharmacist credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor 4 weeks following receipt of a completed, qualified form.

Faculty Biography

Farhad Ravandi, MD
Professor, Department of Leukemia
Division of Cancer Medicine
Chief, Section of Developmental Therapeutics
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Dr. Farhad Ravandi received his medical degree from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School/Imperial College, University of London. He completed clinical residencies in internal medicine at The University of Texas, and in hematology at Baylor College of Medicine. He also completed a clinical fellowship in hematology/oncology, and a fellowship in blood and marrow transplantation, hematology/stem cell transplantation at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Ravandi is a Professor in the Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine, and Chief, Section of Developmental Therapeutics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Ravandi holds board certification in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. He is a member of the Southwest Oncology Group Leukemia Committee, the NCCN Acute Myeloid Leukemia Committee, the International Hairy Cell Leukemia Consortium, and the Cancer and Leukemia Group B Data Safety Monitoring Board. Dr. Ravandi is actively involved in clinical and translational research for the treatment of patients with various hematologic malignancies, in particular leukemias. He has extensively published his clinical research results in the field of adult leukemias, with a focus on acute leukemias in numerous peer-reviewed publications, articles, editorials, abstracts, and books/book chapters.

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This activity is supported by educational grants from Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Celgene Corporation, Helsinn, Incyte Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

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MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is acceptable for 0.50 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit. Universal Activity Number: 827-0000-17-153-H01-P. Knowledge-based CPE activity.

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Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Farhad Ravandi has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities and grant support related to research activities from Amgen Inc., Seattle Genetics, Inc., Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Xencor, in addition to grant support related to research activities from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Selvita.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individual listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, Executive Director, has no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer Disclosure

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, all content is reviewed by external independent peer reviewers for balance, objectivity and commercial bias. The peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.