The 5th International â€œNew Horizonsâ€ Conference for Organizations Representing People with CML and GIST, held in Bad Nauheim, Germany, (29 June â€“ 1 July 2007) brought together 80 representatives from 22 patient advocacy groups in 28 countries. This yearly event has become a platform for CML and GIST advocates from all over the world to meet and learn from the experience of each other. Advocacy issues that were discussed at the meeting included: CML and GIST medical updates, strategic alliances, challenges of running a newly established patients groups, how patients can contribute to the design and implementation of clinical trials, drug access, fund raising, and many more.
Bad Nauheim, 1 July 2007 Â· Four patient groups from the UK, Germany, Israel and Czech Republic launched the "CML Advocates Network" as an international platform for organisations supporting patients and relatives suffering from "Chronic Myeloid Leukemia" (CML). The worldwide network offers support by sharing of best practice, information and advice for CML patient advocates across the world. Innovative use of Internet technologies will further increase collaboration.