Kantarjian et al proposed the Simplified Myelodysplastic Syndrome Risk Score. This is intended to address a number of deficiencies identified in the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS). The authors are from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Rochester, H.L. Moffitt Cancer Center, Hospital Avicenne (Paris) and University Hospital La Fe (Valencia, Spain).