Conference on Mesothelioma Co-Hosted with National Cancer Institute

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On March 2-4, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will co-host the annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma

This event is a comprised of two parts: one part is dedicated to medical professionals and scientists who specialize in mesothelioma, while the other is directed to the general public, including patients, their families, and caregivers.

On March 2-4, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will co-host the annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, Maryland. The Hyatt Regency Bethesda is the host hotel. This event is a comprised of two parts: one part is dedicated to medical professionals and scientists who specialize in mesothelioma, while the other is directed to the general public, including patients, their families, and caregivers.

Registration for the Symposium is now open at curemeso.org/symposium, where attendees can also book their hotel rooms. A general schedule, a list of speakers, and further information about the conference can also be found on this page.

The conference begins on Monday, March 2 with science and general sessions. Monday night includes an Award Dinner honoring community members who have contributed in meaningful ways in the fight against mesothelioma. In the Awards Dinner program book, the Meso Foundation offers ad purchases to congratulate award recipients. Those interested in purchasing an ad can visit http://www.curemeso.org/adbook for more information.

On Tuesday, March 3, scientific and general sessions will conclude with a Community Dinner. The following day, Wednesday, March 4, will be Advocacy Day: a day dedicated to visiting their elected officials to educate them on the dire need for mesothelioma research funding.

More information about the event is available at http://www.curemeso.org/symposium.

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. With the life expectancy of less than one year after diagnosis, medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards. Currently, few treatment options exist. There is no cure.

ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer-reviewed scientific research to develop life-saving treatments for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $9 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.

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