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ReFlections Volume 54, September 2021

  • Dr. Maryam Shapland
  • Dr. Heather M. Lund
  • Hilary Henly
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In Brief
Review reactive thrombocytosis, explore multiple sclerosis, and understand pharmacogenomics in this issue.

We hope you, your families, and your loved ones continue to be safe and well. The pandemic is turning out to be more challenging than any of us could have anticipated, keeping top of mind and focus on our role and responsibilities as insurers of life and health. This issue offers several informative articles that delve into the scientific and medical discoveries that are pushing medical frontiers forward in exciting ways. The first, by Dr. Maryam B. Shapland, Vice President and Medical Director, U.S. Mortality Markets, a new author for ReFlections, is an excellent review of reactive thrombocytosis, an important condition to understand. Dr. Heather Lund, Regional Chief Medical Officer, Asia, returns to ReFlections with an extensive and detailed piece providing much of the latest research and thinking about multiple sclerosis. The third article, from frequent ReFlections contributor Hilary Henly, FCII, Global Medical Researcher, is on the topic of pharmacogenomics, a fast-expanding and vitally important component in the field of precision medicine. We also are proud to announce the 2021-2022 grants awarded by The Longer Life Foundation, RGA’s research collaboration with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The eight newest grants represent our 24th year of supporting cutting-edge and highly pertinent research into topics relevant to clinical and insurance medicine.

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Reactive Thrombocytosis: A Benign Entity?
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New Treatment Paradigms in the Management of Multiple Sclerosis
Pharmacogenomics: The Future of Precision Medicine
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Meet the Authors & Experts

Dr. Maryam Shapland
Vice President and Medical Director, U.S. Individual Life
Dr. Heather Lund
Dr. Heather M. Lund
Regional Chief Medical Officer, RGA Asia
Hilary Henly
Hilary Henly
Global Medical Researcher, Strategic Research