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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is about ready to open the doors on its 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, a meeting that always provides doctors, researchers, and victims and their families with the latest information about asbestos-related diseases, including potential new treatments and ways to prevent exposure.

ADAOThis year, the conference will take place from April 7 through 9 at the Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

The theme is “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”, and speaking on that theme will be more than 40 individuals ranging from doctors and lawmakers to union representatives and victims of diseases such as mesothelioma.

Speakers are from six different countries around the world.

According to the ADAO, the presenters will discuss “joint efforts in education, advocacy, and awareness” and will include sessions on “diagnosing and treating mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, how to prevent mesothelioma, and advocacy efforts to ban asbestos globally.”

Some topics include:

  • Corporate Greed vs. Common Sense Regulations
  • Anti-asbestos Work in Developing Nations
  • Diagnosing and Testing Asbestos-related Diseases
  • Saving Lives with Low-dose CT Screenings
  • Navigating Healthcare and Maintaining Quality of Life (for patients)
  • An Air that Kills
  • Preventing Legacy Exposures
  • Preventing Asbestos Exposure at the Workplace
  • Prevention After an Asbestos Ban
  • Exposure Risk Beyond Factory Walls
  • Canadian Labor’s Efforts in Achieving a Federal Ban

The weekend will also be full of awards presentations to those in the field of mesothelioma treatment or research as well as those non-medical personnel who’ve rallied for the rights of asbestos disease sufferers.

Musician Quincy Jones will be on hand to receive an award named in honor of late rocker, Warren Zevon, who died of mesothelioma in 2003, and the late musician’s son, Jordan, will be also be present at the conference. As of late, Jordan has become an avid spokesperson for ADAO.

Lifetime achievement awards will be presented to several physicians who’ve spent their life’s work trying to combat mesothelioma. These individuals include Dr. Raja Flores of Mt. Sinai Hospital (New York), Dr. Marie-Claude Jaurand of France, and Dr. Bruce Robinson of Australia.

Senator Jon Tester of Montana, intimately involved with the W.R. Grace and Company vermiculite disaster in the town of Libby, will receive the 2017 Tribute of Hope Award from the ADAO for his tireless efforts in helping victims of what is often described as the worst environmental disaster in the U.S.

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