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Those fighting for an end to asbestos exposure saw a major win in 2016 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prioritized asbestos as a top 10 high-risk chemical under the Lautenberg Act. And although this isn’t the first win, the fight is not over, yet. There is still much work to be done.

That work continues at ADAO’s 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, scheduled for April 7 to 9 in Washington, D.C. The event is the only conference dedicated solely to preventing asbestos exposure and ending asbestos-caused diseases like mesothelioma.

The event represents a worldwide fight against asbestos. Beginning with the first conference in 2005, ADAO’s annual event brings together more than 400 people from over 14 different countries each year, in an effort to join forces in asbestos education, advocacy and awareness.

The 2017 conference will feature nearly 40 speakers – a mix of doctors, scientists and experts, as well as asbestos victims and family members, all sharing in a common goal: the end to asbestos exposure.

“Now, like never before, the ADAO conference is of upmost importance to protect the public health and the environment,” said ADAO President and Co-Founder, Linda Reinstein.

2017’s Can’t Miss Speakers & Presenters

Throughout the conference, a variety of speakers will bring a unique perspective and knowledge of asbestos exposure. Speakers and presenters for the 2017 conference include:

  • Keynote Speaker – Jordan Zevon – ADAO National Spokesperson, teacher, singer, songwriter. Son of Warren Zevon, who lost his battle with mesothelioma, Jordan has provided a united voice and unconditional commitment to asbestos victims while raising public awareness about asbestos exposure.
  • Keynote Speaker – David McCumber – Editor of The Montana Standard, co-author of the book “An Air That Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana Uncovered a National Scandal.”
  • Barry Castleman – Environmental Consultant trained in chemical and environmental engineering.
  • Edward Emmett – Professor and Director of Academic Programs in Occupational Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
  • Raja Flores – Chairman of Thoracic Surgery, Ames Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
  • Arthur L. Frank, PhD, MD – physician board certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine; currently serves as Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia.
  • And more.

For the complete list, click here.

ADAO Conference Details and Schedule

On Friday, April 7, the conference begins at 5 p.m. with a Potomac Dinner Cruise.

On Saturday, April 8 the event opens with a continental breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m., followed by five sessions. The ADAO Awards & Recognition Dinner ($100, RSVP required) takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, April 9 the event concludes with a Unity and Remembrance Brunch from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Simmons Hanly Conroy proudly supports 2017 Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference as a Platinum Sponsor. I am looking forward to attending the event this year and encourage those impacted by asbestos exposure to consider attending this inspirational weekend, as well.

Find more information and join the fight against asbestos exposure by registering for the event now.

To learn more about the conference, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.