WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. that combines education, advocacy, and community support, is hosting its 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference on Saturday, April 18, 2015, with activities planned throughout the weekend. The international conference provides education and outreach to families, employers/employees, and scientists on a global scale as part of ADAO’s continuing effort to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos, ban its use, and encourage research efforts that would improve treatment options.
WHAT: ADAO’s 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference: “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”
Saturday, April 18, 8 AM – 5 PM
Awards and Recognition Dinner
Saturday, April 18, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Performance by Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson
Unity and Remembrance Brunch
Sunday, April 19, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
WHY: To share information and provide support to those affected by asbestos-related diseases, including survivors, families, and physicians. Prominent physicians, scientists, safety and health directors, and survivors are presenting up-to-date information about the status of asbestos in the United States and worldwide.
WHO: 30+ esteemed speakers, courageous patients, dedicated volunteers, public service leaders, doctors, and supporters dedicated to preventing asbestos-caused diseases.
2015 International Asbestos Awareness Conference Keynote Speakers:
- Saturday: Dr. Jorma Rantanen, Professor at International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)
- Sunday: Susan Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento
2015 International Asbestos Awareness Conference Speakers:
Arturo Aguilar, Filmmaker, Mexico, Barry Castleman, ScD, Author of the “Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects,” ADAO Science Advisory Board, Barry Robson, Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), Australia, Cameron Von St James, Mesothelioma Husband, Captain Aubrey K. Miller, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, Professorial Lecturer Dept of Environmental & Occupational Health Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University, Domani Tripam, Mesothelioma Warrior , Doug Larkin, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Co-Founder, USA, Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair, Dr. Brad Black, Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director at Center for Asbestos Related Disease and ADAO Science Advisory Board, Dr. Guadalupe Aguilar Madrid, Mexico, Dr. Jorma Rantanen, Professor at International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and 2015 Honoree, Finland, Dr. Luis Antonio Camargo De Melo, General Labour Prosecutor, Dr. Philippe Gomes Jardim, The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor’s Office, Dr. Raja Flores, Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System and Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Science Advisory Board, Dr. Robert Cameron, University of California, Los Angeles and the West Los Angeles VA, Dra Márcia Cristina Kamei Lopes Aliaga, The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor's Office, Earl Dotter, Photojournalist, Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Patient and 2015 Honoree, Fernanda Giannasi, Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA), Geoff Fary, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, Chairman, Australia, Heather White, Environmental Working Group (EWG), Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow and Singer, Jordan Zevon, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Spokesperson and Musician, Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Board Member, Lou Williams, Mesothelioma Patient and Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), Australia,Mark Catlin, Service Employees International Union, Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine, Professor Dean Fennell, MD Chair of Thoracic Medical Oncology, University of Leicester and 2015 Honoree, United Kingdom, Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (ret.), Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.) and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair, Rodrigo Farhat Camargo, Press assessor of The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor's Office, Sandra Neuenschwander, Mesothelioma Warrior, Susan Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento, Syed Mezab Ahmed, Pakistan. Troi Atkinson, Mesothelioma Patient and 2015 Honoree, and Yvonne Waterman, Ph.D. LL.M., the Netherlands
To register for ADAO’s 2015 conference, click here.
About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.