The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, an independent organization funded through voluntary contributions and staffed completely by volunteers, has opened registration for its 5th Annual Asbestos Awareness Day Conference for March 27 through March 29, 2009. This year’s event will be held at the Manhattan Beach Marriott in Manhattan Beach, CA.

In 2004, asbestos victims and their families founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). The mission of ADAO is to provide the most advanced medical, occupational and environmental information available about asbestos-related diseases to individuals throughout the world. The global asbestos crisis will be an integral part of the 2009 ADAO conference, and there will be a particular focus on India, the world’s largest importer of asbestos.

This year the organization plans to bring together a powerful combination of asbestos victims, their families, employers, employees, researchers and medical experts from around the globe to offer medical, occupational and environmental information about asbestos-related disease. There will be expert speakers discussing exposure prevention and identifying occupational and non-occupational exposure, public health, and the early warning symptoms of asbestos-related disease. Musician Jordon Zevon, son of Warren Zevon (who lost his life to asbestos disease) and prominent advocate for the rights of asbestos victims and their families, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

The conference is made possible with the support and collaborative efforts of two key organizations. The first is the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, which is one of the 41 National Cancer Institutes and is considered one of the nation’s best facilities, as they have conducted over 700 cancer-specific scientific investigations and clinical trials. The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat also plays a key role in the conference. The IBAS works as an instrument for the exchange of information between groups and individuals working to achieve a global asbestos ban.

For more information or to register, go to: www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org.