The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation hosts Breaking Through Barriers in Mesothelioma Research, Treatment, Patient and Family Care in Alexandria, Virginia, March 5-7. The program consists of two events: a symposium and a seminar. The “International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma,” now in its 11th year, is ideally suited for patients, their families, and advocates. In contrast, the “Mesothelioma Scientific Seminar” is geared exclusively for scientists and medical professionals.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by the ingestion or inhalation of asbestos fibers. While a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be devastating to patients and families alike, these programs offer hope, inspiration, and leading edge medical thinking to those battling this deadly disease.

The symposium includes a mix of education, advocacy, and community. It includes scientific panel discussions, a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with elected officials to request additional federal funding for mesothelioma, and a “Celebration of Life” ceremony to honor those we have lost to mesothelioma. See the Meso Foundation website for complete details.

Symposium and seminar presenters are distinguished mesothelioma experts, and include these keynote speakers:

  • Ira Pastan, MD, head of the Molecular Biology Section at the National Cancer Institute
  • Dean Fennell, PhD, Chair of Thoracic Medical Oncology at the University of Leicester and the incoming President of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group
  • Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, a Professor of Pathology and the Director of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute Consortium Cancer Center

It is still possible to attend by registering directly at the conference. Those unable to attend will be able to review conference highlights once they are posted on the Meso Foundation website.