One of the most important events in the mesothelioma community is the International Asbestos Awareness Conference, hosted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) every year. The 11th annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference kicks off April 17, 2015, and runs until April 19 in Arlington, Virginia.

As the only U.S. nonprofit that organizes annual conferences dedicated to preventing and eliminating asbestos-related disease, the ADAO works hard to ensure their gatherings are powerful, educational, and inspiring. The theme of this year’s conference is “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” and more than 30 experts and asbestos victims from 10 countries are scheduled to speak. They will talk about global advocacy, mesothelioma treatment, and the latest advancements in asbestos-related disease prevention.

Highlights from the International Asbestos Awareness Conference Agenda

While registration is already closed for this conference, we wanted to share parts of the 3-day agenda that may interest you. We encourage you to attend the conference next year so you can witness these presentations and events in person.

Friday, April 17, 2015

All events on this day are by invitation only. There is a private family trolley tour of Washington, D.C. during the day, and in the evening, a private speaker, honoree, and sponsor dinner.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

This is the biggest day of the conference and it is filled with informational sessions. The 4 main sessions this year are:

  • Progress and Challenges from the Front Line
  • Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases
  • What Is It? Where Is It? What Do I Do?
  • Advocacy: Global Ban Asbestos Action

Each session has 5-8 speeches, which are about 10-15 minutes each. Some specific speech topics include:

  • “Asbestos Ruined My Son’s Life” (Sandra Neuenschwander)
  • “The Human Cost of Inaction” (Linda Reinstein)
  • “Oncology: Advancements and Challenges in Treating Mesothelioma” (Professor Dean Fennell)
  • “Labor: Workers’ Safety Educational Outreach” (Mark Catlin)
  • “Caregivers Unite” (Cameron Von St. James)
  • “Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976: The Fate of Asbestos” (Heather White)

For a full list of topics, please click here.

Saturday evening is the Awards and Recognition Dinner, featuring several different presenters and honorees.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This is the final day of the conference, and it ends with a Unity and Remembrance Brunch. The brunch offers musical performances, speeches, and a candle-lighting ceremony.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up Next Year!

Be sure to visit the ADAO’s website,, to learn more about asbestos disease awareness and how you can get involved. This is also where they will post details in the future about the 2016 conference and instructions for registration.