Important Information for Symposium Attendees

Symposium2015_ThemeGraphicWe are excited you will be joining us at the 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma! Please review the important information provided below as you prepare for your trip.

Read this information carefully, as this year’s Symposium is set up differently than in previous years. The conference will take place at both the Hyatt Regency Bethesda and the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

MONDAY
The conference begins on Monday, March 2. On Monday morning, the first thing to do is catch the shuttle to the NIH. Shuttles will leave from the hotel’s main entrance at 7:00am and 8:30am. If you are attending our regular sessions (this applies to patients, caregivers, bereaved), feel free to take the 8:30am shuttle, as your sessions begin at 9:30am. If you are attending our sessions for scientists and medical professionals, you will need to take the 7:00am shuttle, as your sessions begin at 8:00am.

Breakfast will be provided to both groups upon arrival at the NIH, and you can pick up your name tag and packet at the conference registration table. If you miss the shuttles to the NIH, you will need to use other means of transportation, such as a taxi or the metro.

On Monday evening, shuttles will leave the NIH at 5:00pm to take attendees back to the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. This will allow you some free time to get ready for the Awards Dinner, which will begin at the hotel at 7:00pm in the Crystal Ballroom.

TUESDAY
On Tuesday, March 3, the morning will again start with shuttles to the NIH. Shuttles will leave from the hotel’s main entrance at 7:00am and 8:30am. If you are attending our regular sessions (this applies to patients, caregivers, bereaved), feel free to take the 8:30am shuttle, as your sessions begin at 9:30am. If you are attending our sessions for scientists and medical professionals, you will need to take the 7:00am shuttle, as your sessions begin at 8:00am.

Breakfast will be provided to both groups upon arrival at the NIH.

On Tuesday evening, shuttles will leave the NIH at 5:00pm to take attendees back to the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. This will allow you some free time to get ready for the Community Dinner, which will begin at the hotel at 7:00pm in the Crystal Ballroom.

WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, March 4 is Advocacy Day. Breakfast will be provided at 7:30am in the Haverford and Baccarat Ballrooms at the hotel. At this location, advocacy training and schedules will be handed out beginning at8:00am.

Shuttles will leave from the hotel’s main entrance at 8:45am to bring Advocacy Day participants to Capitol Hill. The shuttle will drop off on the Hill at Garfield Circle. In the evening, the shuttle will leave from the Peace Circle at 5:30pm to bring attendees back to the hotel. If you will be leaving directly from Advocacy Day, luggage will be stored at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill at 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
When you arrive to the DC area, you will want to navigate to the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The hotel is located at One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814. A map and directions to the hotel are available here.

Please consult the forecast as you pack for your trip. The DC area can still be cold in early March, and nothing is worse than packing tank tops when you really need a sweater!

The Symposium dress code is casual to business casual. Some community members take the opportunity to dress up for the Awards Dinner, which will be held on Monday evening. Nonetheless, we encourage you to dress comfortably. If you will be participating in Advocacy Day, be sure to pack a business professional outfit and nice (but comfortable) shoes.

More information about the Symposium can be found at curemeso.org/symposium.

Announcing the Winner of the 2015 Outstanding Nurse Award

Joanne RedondoWe are excited to announce that the 2015 recipient of the Meso Foundation’s June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award is Joanne Redondo of the Hillman Cancer Center.

In January, we introduced our second annual campaign to choose a recipient of the June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award. We began seeking a recipient through a nomination process. Meso Foundation community members submitted nominations for nurses who positively impact their lives. After receiving numerous nominations, five finalists were selected. We then let the community decide on the winner through a voting process. We provided short biographies and photos for each finalist and asked the community to vote for the nurse who they thought should receive the Outstanding Nurse Award. Nearly eight hundred votes later, we had our winner: Joanne Redondo.

Joanne Redondo began her career as a nurse 32 years ago when she graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She began her career at Presbyterian University Hospital, now known as UMPC Presbyterian Hospital. Her initial surgical career began with organ transplants, primarily liver, kidney, and pancreas. She worked for a team of transplant surgeons headed by Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of organ transplantation. Although Joanne loved the specialty, she decided to advance her career in the surgical Critical Care setting for the next 20 years. During that time, she took on several administrative roles, but her passion was always at the bedside providing direct patient care.

Joanne went back to graduate school in 2009 while working full time and teaching nursing students part-time at the university to help supplement her tuition. She graduated in May 2012 Summa Cum Laude from Duquesne University as a CRNP with a focus in Family Care. Joanne accepted a job working in the Surgical Oncology Division at the Hillman Cancer Center. Her specialty involved GI, liver, pancreas, melanoma, and mesothelioma type cancers.

While discussing her career in an interview, Joanne states, “As I embarked on a new chapter in my life, I did not realize how many families and lives I would affect on a daily basis. I have not only gained a new career, but I have gained endless new patients and families to love and care for.” Joanne works directly with mesothelioma patients. In discussing this, she states, “From my patients, although I continue to teach and support them about their own disease, I have in turn learned so much from them in regards to hope, perseverance, and living each day to the fullest.”

The June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award will be presented at the Meso Foundation’s Awards Dinner on March 2, 2015 as part of the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit curemeso.org/symposium.

To learn more about the June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award and the two courageous women for whom it is named, visit curemeso.org/nurseaward.

2015 Awards to be Presented at Dinner in March

AwardsThe Meso Foundation is proud to announce its 2015 Award recipients! The awards will be presented during the Awards Dinner at the 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7PM at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award will be presented to James A. Grogan, Jr., General President, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (formerly Asbestos Workers).

The Pioneer Award will be presented to Valerie Rusch, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The Klaus Brauch Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Miriam Ratner.

The Compassion Award will be presented to Reverend George Winchester, SJ, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award will be presented to Joanne Redondo, Hillman Cancer Center.

The Awards Dinner is included in Symposium registration. However, those who are not attending the entire conference are welcome to purchase tickets for only the Awards Dinner. Additionally, guests can honor our award recipients through the purchase of an ad. The ad can be used to congratulate the recipients, and it will appear in the Awards Dinner program book.

To learn more, purchase Awards Dinner tickets, or purchase an ad, please click here. To learn about the entire Symposium, visit curemeso.org/symposium.

2015 Symposium to be Co-Hosted with the NCI and Held at the NIH

International Symposium on Malignant MesotheliomaThis year, the Meso Foundation has partnered with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to co-host the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. As a result, the conference will be hosted on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers.

This conference is geared to attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma, and scientists. The Symposium provides a unique setting for everyone in the meso community to come together, learn about mesothelioma and its treatments from renowned experts, build friendships and socialize.

The Symposium will be held from March 2nd through 4th at the NIH and the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. Daytime Symposium sessions will be held on the NIH campus, while evening dinners will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The NIH campus is located only a few minutes away from the hotel, and we will provide shuttles between the two locations in the morning and afternoon of March 2nd and 3rd. Symposium attendees can also travel between the locations via Metro (stops are convenient to both the hotel and the NIH) or by taxi.

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Sessions will cover a range of topics about pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, treatments, clinical trials, surgery, prevention, as well as support groups, well-being and community sessions. A mesothelioma Advocacy Day will be held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 4th. View the full Symposium agenda here.

In addition to our science and treatment sessions for the general public, this year’s Symposium includes a two-day special session for scientists and medical professionals. Nearly 100 mesothelioma experts will come together to share their work, and find collaborative opportunities, in an effort to speed up mesothelioma advances. The scientists and medical professionals in attendance will be available during sessions common to both groups, such as lunches and dinners, to answer any questions and to socialize. A recap and “translation” of the sessions for scientists and medical professionals will be presents on Tuesday evening in the main Symposium session for the general public.

It is a privilege and an honor to host our Symposium on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, and we hope to see you all at the event. Learn more about the Symposium at curemeso.org/symposium or register here.

Free Live Stream of the Symposium Available in March

Symposium Live StreamIf you are unable to attend the Meso Foundation’s 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in person, you will still be able to view many of the sessions online as they happen. The free live stream is a real-time broadcast of the March 3rd sessions of the Symposium. Only a computer or smartphone/device and an internet connection are needed to access the live stream.

No registration or payment is required to view the Symposium live stream. On March 3rd, you simply need to visit curemeso.org/symposium and follow the link to the live stream to begin watching. The Symposium is a unique event that covers important treatment information and research advances presented by mesothelioma experts. We understand that many mesothelioma patients are unable to travel for health reasons, so the live stream is available to ensure the community can still access the information.

The Symposium is geared to attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma, and scientists. Sessions will cover a range of topics about pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, treatments, clinical trials, surgery, prevention, as well as support groups, well-being and community sessions. The full agenda can be viewed here.

For more information about the Symposium, visit curemeso.org/symposium.