Investigative journalist Paul Brodeur and mesothelioma advocate Dr. Eudice Goldberg will serve as keynote speakers for the upcoming Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s 12th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C.
The conference will take place this weekend following Global Asbestos Awareness Week. The event features experts, patients, lawmakers and more who come together to increases awareness of the dangers of asbestos.
“The 2016 conference will recognize leaders in the media, health and safety community, and government agencies whose voices and actions have been critically important to ending the man-made asbestos disaster,” said ADAO Co-founder and President Linda Reinstein. “This year’s experts representing over 40 countries will once again join together to advocate for the urgent need to secure a global asbestos ban because otherwise no one is safe from the devastation caused by this human carcinogen.”
Brodeur, Saturday’s keynote speaker, has played a large role in educating the nation on the occupational and environmental health hazards caused by asbestos. Having penned numerous articles on the subject during his 40-year career as a writer at The New Yorker, Brodeur later compiled his works into four books.
Among his non-fiction books is Outrageous Misconduct: the Asbestos Industry on Trial, which reveals behind-the-scenes efforts by U.S. asbestos companies to cover up their liability for the deaths of thousands of workers. Brodeur describes some of the groundbreaking lawsuits filed against the asbestos industry in the 1970s and delves into the 1982 bankruptcy of Johns-Manville Company, the nation’s largest asbestos company at the time.
His work to undercover the deception of the asbestos industry has received multiple awards including the National Magazine Award, a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award and awards from the American Association for Justice.
Dr. Eudice Goldberg will share her story on Sunday during the Unity and Remembrance Brunch.
Goldberg co-founded the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (CMF), after her partner, Arthur, was diagnosed with and passed away from mesothelioma in 2005. Since then she has used her unique medical expertise to provide hope to other families dealing with the devastating effects of asbestos. Through her work, Goldberg has assisted in establishing a health network, improving early diagnosis and direction of treatment. She is also heavily involved in research and clinical care of mesothelioma patients.
The conference boasts a lineup of presenters, all speaking on the dangers of asbestos and the illnesses it causes. Presenters include mesothelioma victims and family members, mesothelioma experts from all over the world and more. Click here to see the full list.
Simmons Hanly Conroy is proud to be platinum sponsor of the conference for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, the firm is the longest cumulative sponsor of ADAO.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about asbestos awareness, watch the live broadcast of the conference here.