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Sneak Peak: 2015 Mesothelioma Symposium Speakers


Set to take place on March 2 to 4 in Bethesda, MD, the 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will feature a wide spectrum of mesothelioma experts and advocates. The firm is proud to again be a sponsor of this important annual event. If you are thinking about attending either in person or via the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s live stream, you may be wondering who some of the speakers will be.

mesothelioma symposiumHere are some of the individuals who will be participating in the 2015 Symposium by speaking about mesothelioma research, asbestos exposure and more.

  • M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD – National Institutes of Health
    Catherine will be presenting one of the first sessions after lunch on March 2, which is titled “Mind-body practices and the brain’s role in the perception and management of pain”. She is one of several professionals from the National Institutes of Health who will be presenting at the Symposium, including Linda Nebeling, PhD and Ann Berger, MSN, MD.
  • Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN, Executive Director – Meso Foundation
    Mary will not only be opening and closing the Symposium, she’ll also be leading many of the clinical discussions on March 3. You can hear from her in the clinical discussions after “From Nature to the Clinic – Managing Side Effects of Radiotherapy for Cancer Treatment” and “Research and Development” sessions.
  • Diane Blackburn, Director of Policy and Prevention Education – Meso Foundation
    Diane’s session will focus primarily on what is currently being done (and what should be done) to prevent mesothelioma across the country. Diane has spent 30 years as a radiation therapist, giving her vast knowledge into diseases associated with asbestos exposures. Her father was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2002 – it was from this life-changing event that Diane quickly became an advocate for asbestos exposure prevention.
  • Julian Molina, MD, PhD – Mayo Clinic
    Julian will be a part of the clinical discussions on March 3. As an oncologist at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Julian focuses primarily on lung cancers, brain metastasis and head and neck cancer. Julian will be accompanied by another Mayo Clinic physician, Dennis Wigle, MD, PhD, who will participate in a separate clinical discussion that same day.
  • Joseph Friedberg, MD – University of Maryland
    Joseph, who will be participating in a clinical discussion at the Symposium, is the Division Head of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Maryland. His recent appointment to this position in 2014 helped strengthen the university as a clinical and research leader in the treatment of thoracic cancers, including mesothelioma. In addition, another University of Maryland professional – Melissa Culligan, NP, will be speaking about research and development on March 3.

This is a short preview of some of the speakers who will be hosting and participating in sessions at the 2015 Symposium. The Meso Foundation has a full list of speakers and topics that you can view here.

If you are interested, there is still time to register for the event. The Symposium is geared toward individuals of all kinds – from patients and their loved ones to medical professionals and scientists. Click here and fill out the form to register. We look forward to seeing you there.

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2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference: “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”


Asbestos is a known carcinogen, yet it’s still used in the United States. Additionally, many people don’t understand the connection between asbestos and serious diseases like mesothelioma, or even where asbestos is used. As an advocate for asbestos victims, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) works to bring awareness through its 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference.

2015-AAC-Date-BORDER-FINAL-450x438The theme for the 2015 conference is “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”. The event will take place on April 17-19 in Washington D.C., and will feature more than 40 notable experts and asbestos victims from ten countries. These experts will present information on the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy and mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease treatments.

The primary four sessions of the 2015 conference will cover the following topics:

  • Progress and Challenges from the Frontline
  • Medical Advancements
  • Prevention
  • Advocacy

The event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18 with registration and a continental breakfast, concluding for the day at 5 p.m. Sunday’s sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 11:30 a.m. The full agenda is shown here.

ADAO is the only nonprofit organizing conferences dedicated solely to preventing asbestos exposure and eliminating asbestos-based diseases.

Simmons Hanly Conroy is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 conference. Along with ADAO, we encourage anyone impacted by asbestos exposure and mesothelioma to consider attending the 2015 conference. Registration is open now through April 1. You can register here.

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2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma to Take Place March 2 - 4


Even though mesothelioma is considered a rare disease, it affects thousands of people every year. Organizations like the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) are dedicated to finding a cure – and they do so through events like the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma.

This year, the Meso Foundation’s symposium will take place on March 2 – 4 in Bethesda, Maryland. The event will be co-hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and will take place on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is especially significant because the NIH is one of the world’s leading medical research centers.

Symposium3The 2015 Mesothelioma Symposium’s agenda is valuable to the general public as well as scientists and medical professionals. According to the foundation, nearly 100 mesothelioma experts will be sharing their work and collaborative opportunities to not only improve mesothelioma treatment, but to find a cure.

Sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Treatment
  • Clinical trials
  • Mesothelioma surgery
  • Mesothelioma prevention
  • Support groups, well-being and community sessions

The Symposium will conclude with Mesothelioma Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 4, on Capitol Hill. This is a time for mesothelioma patients, caregivers, doctors and nurses to visit elected officials and educate them about the devastation of mesothelioma.

Simmons Hanly Conroy is pleased to announce that it has renewed its support of the Meso Foundation with a $25,000 donation to support the 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. Having donated more than $2 million to the Foundation over the past decade, the firm applauds the foundation’s work on behalf of patients and families.

Anyone who has been affected by mesothelioma – whether you have lost a loved one, are currently caring for a loved one, have been diagnosed with mesothelioma yourself, or are a medical professional who treats patients with mesothelioma – will find the 2015 Symposium a good mesothelioma resource. If you cannot attend in person but would still like to participate, the foundation will live stream the event on their website.

Our mesothelioma lawyers will be posting periodic updates regarding the 2015 Mesothelioma Symposium, so be sure to keep a lookout. To learn more about the upcoming event right now, click here.

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Upcoming Mesothelioma Events You Don’t Want to Miss


Mesothelioma Awareness Day, September 26, was founded in 2004 to bring recognition to mesothelioma, the rare cancer linked with asbestos exposure. Accordingly, organizations that are dedicated to researching, treating, and curing mesothelioma are providing a host of events to honor this important day. In addition, there are some more intensive conferences and varied events that will be offered throughout the next year that also hope to increase mesothelioma awareness and fund mesothelioma treatment research.

1. 9/6/14 Kayaking 4 Meso, Stillwater, N.Y.
This eight mile kayak trip down the Hudson River begins in Stillwater and ends in Halfmoon, N.Y. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and there is a celebration at Halfmoon Lighthouse Park from 1:00-4:00 afterwards. This event is dedicated to increasing awareness and donating to find better a mesothelioma treatment and cure.

2. 9/14/14 The John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8k & Family Fun Run, Fairfax Station, Va.
The John Pavlick 8k was founded by the Pavlick family, who lost their father to mesothelioma. This annual event aims to raise research funds for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. So far, they have raised 60,000 dollars for their cause. The race is located at Burke Lake Park and offers personalized race bibs for $10 that feature the mesothelioma hero each runner is donating for.

3. 9/20/14 5th Annual RODs Benefit for Meso, Eleanor, W. Va.
This benefit was inspired by founder Missy Bowles’ father, who died from mesothelioma in 2008. Affected by the lack of resources and support available when her father was diagnosed, Bowles is working to bring mesothelioma patients and loved ones together for a better future. This 5k walk begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes kids’ activities, lunch, raffles, and a Gospel choir.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

The Meso Fighters Band performs during the 2013 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, organized by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The 2015 conference will take place this coming spring on March 2-4 in Maryland.

4. 9/21/14 Bruce A. Waite 5k Miles for Meso, Ontario, Ohio
Founded in honor of beloved local teacher Bruce Waite, this run begins at 2 p.m. at Ontario High School. Registration is just $20 before the race start date and free t-shirts are given to the first 200 participants to register. The race also offers awards to the top runners in different age categories and a variety of raffle baskets can be won.

5. 9/26/2014 ADAO Jammin’ for Asbestos Awareness, Omaha, Neb.
This family friendly concert will be held at The Slow Down venue in Omaha. Jordan Zevon, son of mesothelioma victim and singer Warren Zevon, will be performing along with several other bands, all of whom have generously donated their time. The tickets are only $20 at the door.

6. 9/26/14 Mesothelioma Regional Conference, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia seminar will be hosted together with the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. Some of the topics to be covered include palliative care, mesothelioma awareness, coping with mesothelioma, and clinical trial participation.

7. 9/27/14 Miles for Mesothelioma, Alton, Ill.
The Miles for Meso 5k run also includes a 2k walk/fun run for participants of varying athletic ability. This race is one of Miles for Meso’s many events to raise support for mesothelioma victims. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Runners will receive a Miles for Meso T-shirt and the top 5 male and female runners can win cash prizes up to $500. The race has raised $125,000 for mesothelioma research and support organizations since it began in 2009.

8. 10/10/14 Mesothelioma Regional Conference, Chicago
The Chicago seminar will be held in collaboration with the University of Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton. The seminar gathers together local experts on mesothelioma treatment and research to speak. Some of the speakers from The University of Chicago Medicine include Samuel Armato, PhD, Ravi Salgia, MD, Funmi Olopade, MD, and Hedy Kindler, MD.

9. 11/01/14 Bishopville Record Hop/Music for Meso, Bishopville, Md.
The Bishopville Record Hop features an ‘oldies music’ themed event to raise money for mesothelioma treatment. Aside from the musical main event, there will be a silent auction for which they are accepting donations of prizes and food. The auction and record hop will be held in the Bishopville Fire Hall from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

10. 3/2/15-3/4/15 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, Bethesda, Md.
The International Symposium invites those touched by mesothelioma to come together to learn current research and seek community support. This is the 12th annual conference and will include an Advocacy Day to increase mesothelioma awareness. The topics of the discussion include patient empowerment, pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, early detection, and getting involved with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

11. 3/2/15-3/3/15 Mesothelioma Scientific Seminar (Part of the International Symposium), Bethesda, Md.
The Scientific Seminar brings together top mesothelioma researchers from around the nation in a multidisciplinary panel. Two days of the International Symposium are dedicated to discussions with professionals and scientists who answer questions and present their research. Watch videos from last year’s scientific symposium to learn more.

Read more about mesothelioma treatment as well as mesothelioma lawsuits on the Simmons Hanly Conroy legal blog today.

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Become a Sponsor for the 2014 Miles for Meso 5K


Besides raising funds to help support the mesothelioma community, the best part about the Alton Miles for Meso race are the shirts.

Miles for Meso 2014

Run Well, a local running store, was a Bronze Sponsor during the 2013 Miles for Meso race. As part of its sponsorship, it received a table to participate in the Miles for Meso’s vendor fair.

If you’ve ever attended a Miles for Meso race, you know what I mean because everyone who registers for the Alton race, receives a free shirt. They are a moisture-wicking, long-sleeve shirt with cuffed sleeves.

The most common comment we hear every year from race attendees is how much they like the shirts. This is great news for our corporate sponsors because all the sponsorship levels include having their logo on the back of the Miles for Meso shirts.

There is still time for businesses who would like to support the mesothelioma community and become a Miles for Meso sponsor. The deadline to become a sponsor this year and still get your logo on the back of the shirts is Sept. 15.

If you are interested, there are four sponsorship evles to choose from, which include:

Bronze $500 – The Bronze Sponsorship includes a small company logo on the Miles for Meso T-shirt, items in the goody bag, company name included on the Miles for Meso web site, table at vendor fair and 4 Race Day passes.

Silver $1,000 – The Silver Sponsorship includes the above with the following upgrades: medium company logo on the Miles for Meso T-shirt, company logo and link included on the website, inclusion in press releases and e-blasts and 6 Race Day passes.

Gold $2,000 – The Gold Sponsorship includes the above with the following upgrades: large company logo on the Miles for Meso T-shirt, company logo and link included on main Alton race page and online registration page, inclusion in press releases and e-blasts, inclusion in Alton Telegraph print ad, social media mentions and 8 Race Day passes.

Platinum $3,500 – The Platinum Sponsorship includes the above with the following upgrades: recognition as the platinum sponsor on the online race registration page, the logo included on runners’ bib numbers, largo logo given priority placement in banners/T-shirts and 10 Race Day passes.

Another option available to businesses is to take part in a $100 vendor sponsorship. This sponsorship reserves a table for your company at our popular vendor fair.

Why Be a Miles for Meso Sponsor?

The first Miles for Meso race was held in 2009. Since then, the Alton race has raised more than $125,000 for mesothelioma cancer research and support. The support from sponsors of the race play a huge role in the amount of funds raised.

Thousands of lives are impacted by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases every year. In short, becoming a corporate sponsor of the Miles for Meso 5k means you are not only receiving excellent exposure in the Alton community and beyond, but more importantly, you are helping to support a worthy cause. There is no known cure for mesothelioma and all proceeds from the Miles for Meso race will benefit mesothelioma research and awareness.

If you are interested in joining the 6th annual Miles for Meso 5k by becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact Miles for Meso by calling 877-304-MESO (6376) or e-mailing info@milesformeso.org. If you are looking for more information, learn more today.

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