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.
- 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.