Three Notre Dame Students to Attend International Mesothelioma Conference

Three Notre Dame student investigators to attend the 2014 Mesothelioma International SymposiumThe Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation applauds the University of Notre Dame for sending three student investigators to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma from March 5-7.

Three student investigators from the University of Notre Dame will attend the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma this year as part of a plan to finalize the “James A. ‘Jim’ Grogan Endowed Fund for Excellence” at the university. Jim Grogan is General President of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Union (formerly the Asbestos Workers) and is a friend of all who are trying to treat and cure mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

The three students this year were selected from applications submitted to Dr. Deb Rotman at Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarship Engagement (CUSE) program. The students will be given a stipend that will cover all their housing and travel expenses and payment for the time spent in their summer scholarship. The CUSE Program at Notre Dame “creates opportunities for undergraduate research by connecting students to resources,” said Dr. Deb Rotman, the Director of the CUSE Program at Notre Dame, who can be contacted at rotman.1(at)nd(dot)edu.

“This is a unique opportunity to capture young students, with the hope that they will develop a lasting passion for mesothelioma clinical research, and a commitment to the patients with whom they will interact at the Symposium,” said the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Mary Hesdorffer, NP.

The Jim Grogan Endowment will be used to fund a student each year for a Summer Internship in asbestos related medical research: specifically, the early detection, effective treatment or cure of asbestos induced disease, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. These ‘Jim Grogan Fellows’ will hopefully help many researchers in years to come.

The Meso Foundation’s International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will be held from March 5-7 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia. Symposium events will include an advocacy day on Capitol Hill, science and community sessions, a Celebration of Life ceremony, an Awards Dinner, a Community Dinner featuring the Meso Fighters Band, and more. A full list of events, topics, and speakers can be found 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. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. Approximately 3,500 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year and an estimated one-third were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards.

About the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed 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 establish effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.

Recipient of the Outstanding Nurse Award Announced

Anne AlessandriniWe are excited to announce that the 2014 recipient of the Meso Foundation’s June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award is Anne Alessandrini of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

At the start of 2014, the Meso Foundation introduced the June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award, named in memory of two courageous women and nursing professionals who battled mesothelioma. As members of the Meso Foundation’s Board of Directors, June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar both cherished the meso community and worked diligently to raise awareness and research funds to win the war on mesothelioma. With this award, we honor an individual in the nursing profession who exhibits an optimistic, determined, and generous spirit reflective of both June and Jocelyn. You can learn more about the award, and June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar on our website.

Upon announcing the 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, we narrowed down the pool to six finalists. We then let the community decide on the winner through a voting process. We provided short biographies for each finalist and asked the community to vote for the nurse who they thought should receive the Outstanding Nurse Award. After receiving hundreds of votes, we had our winner: Anne Alessandrini.

Anne began her career in the nursing profession as a full-time nursing assistant in the Thoracic Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while she put herself through nursing school full time on nights and weekends. In December of 2007, she graduated from Lawrence Memorial/Regis College School of Nursing and began her career working in cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. After a year and a half, Anne decided to return to the Thoracic ICU at Brigham and Women’s, and this is where she continues her career today. Aside from her work in the Thoracic ICU, Anne works with a Nursing Liaison group conducting follow-up appointments in the homes of mesothelioma patients. Anne enjoys working with this unique patient population and as she states, “I feel privileged to be allowed into peoples’ lives during such a vulnerable time.” Anne’s passion and positive attitude is evident as she continues, “Every day I try to bring a smile to my patients and their families. I enjoy the challenges of each and every day working in the Thoracic ICU. The best part is getting to know who people really are, not just a diagnosis or medical record number, but the actual person.” She also expresses the fulfilment she finds in “watching the patients progress knowing that even when they may doubt themselves, I can help push them to accomplish their goals.”

The June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award will be presented at the Meso Foundation’s Awards Dinner on March 6, 2014 as part of the Foundation’s International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. The Symposium will be held from March 5th through 7th in the Washington, DC metro area. For more details, visit our Symposium page.

Mesothelioma Conferences for Patients and Family, and for Scientists

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will host its 11th International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, as well as a concurrent scientific seminar, on March 5-7, in Alexandria, VA.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) January 31, 2014

International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is in the last planning stages of its 11th International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma for the mesothelioma community, as well as its first scientific seminar exclusive to scientists, both scheduled to take place on March 5-7, in Alexandria, VA.

This year, the Meso Foundation will be hosting two concurrent events. The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, a conference for the entire meso community now in its 11th year, will be complemented by a scientific seminar. As always, the Meso Foundation’s Symposium will be geared to attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, and those who have lost a loved one to this disease.

The Mesothelioma Scientific Seminar is a new program for medical professionals only, established this year and chaired by Drs. Richard Alexander of the University of Maryland and Lee Krug of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In order to encourage and facilitate a high level of information-sharing, collaboration and learning, these sessions are not open to the general public. However, the renowned physicians presenting and attending the Seminar will be available to interact with Symposium attendees outside of their sessions.

For those unable to travel to attend the conference, the Meso Foundation will be live streaming most sessions. The free live stream is a real-time broadcast of the Thursday and Friday sessions of the Symposium. Only a computer (or smart phone/device) and an internet connection are needed to access the live stream, which will be available athttp://www.curemeso.org/symposium. The same webpage also contains the full agenda of the event.

Some of the topics covered during the Symposium and its live stream include pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, immunotherapy, post-surgical recovery, early detection and biomarkers, cancer stem cells, radiation oncology, chemotherapy: poison or antidote, pulmonary health, translation, comprehensive cancer program development, state of research, chemo brain, survivorship panel, asbestos risks, empowered patient, advocacy and meetings with elected officials, getting involved, and an update on the work of the Meso Foundation.

A detailed agenda of the Mesothelioma Scientific Seminar 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. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. Approximately 3,500 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year and an estimated one-third were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards.

ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed 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 establish effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.

Announcing the 2014 Symposium Agenda

SymposiumThe agenda for our upcoming 2014 Symposium is now available for viewing! Even though it is still being refined, we wanted you to be the first ones to see the amazing events we have in store for you!

This year, we will host two concurrent events. The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, a conference for the entire meso community now in its 11th year, will be complemented by a scientific seminar. As always, our Symposium is geared towards attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, and those who have lost a loved one to this disease.

The Mesothelioma Scientific Seminar is a program for scientists and medical professionals only. In order to encourage and facilitate the highest level of information-sharing, collaboration and learning, these sessions are not open to the general public. However, the renowned physicians presenting and attending the Seminar will be available to interact with Symposium attendees outside of their sessions.

About the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma
On Wednesday, March 5, we will kick off the Symposium with Advocacy day. Advocacy presentations by government experts will prepare us for our meetings on Capitol Hill with our elected officials, to educate them and to advocate for increased federal funding of mesothelioma.

On Thursday and Friday, we will cover many topics relating to mesothelioma, from scientific panels to community conversations. Both days will also feature special community dinners to celebrate our award recipients, and our inspiring community. The Meso Fighters Band, composed of individuals directly affected by mesothelioma, will take the stage on Friday night to entertain us with their music.

A “Celebration of Life” tribute ceremony, taking place on Thursday, will honor our loved ones lost to mesothelioma.

Symposium Speakers

General Steven Blum
Raffit Hassan, MD, National Cancer Institute
Hedy Lee Kindler, MD, University of Chicago
Andrew Haas, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Lee Krug, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Kenneth Rosenzweig, MD, The Mount Sinai Hospital
Dan Miller, MD, Emory University
Marc dePerrot, MD, University of Toronto
James Pingpank, MD, University of Pittsburgh
Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK
Robert Taub, MD, PhD, Columbia Presbytarian
H. Richard Alexander, MD, University of Maryland
Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, University of Hawaii
Andrew Todd, PhD, The Mount Sinai Hospital
Faris Farassati, PhD, PharmD, University of Kansas
Andreas Rimner, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Charles Simone, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Evan Alley, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Thierry Jahan, MD, UC – San Francisco
Anne Tsao, MD, MD Anderson

Scientific Seminar Speakers

H. Richard Alexander, MD, University of Maryland
Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, University of Hawaii
Joost Hegmans, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam
Mitchel Cheung, PhD, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Dario Barbone, PhD, UC-San Francisco
Filippo Giancotti, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Il-Jin Kim, PhD, UC-San Francisco
Valerie Rusch, MD, FACS, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Kenneth Rosenzweig, MD, The Mount Sinai Hospital
Marc DePerrot, MD, University of Toronto
Sheelu Varghese, PhD, University of Maryland
Mitchell Keegan, PhD
Marjorie Zauderer, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Alessandra DiPietro, PhD
Lee Krug, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Daniel Sterman, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Andrew Haas, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Robert Kratzke, MD, University of Minnesota
Ira Pastan, MD and Raffit Hassan, MD, National Cancer Institute
Alain Borczuk, MD, Columbia University
Robert Taub, MD, Columbia Presbytarian
Laura Lambert, MD, University of Massachusetts
Garrett Nash, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Jesus Esquivel, MD, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Kiran Turaga, MD, The Medical College of Wisconsin
Paul Sugarbaker, MD, University of Washington
Jason Foster, MD, University of Nebraska
David Bartlett, MD, University of Pittsburgh

You won’t want to miss any of the events of this Symposium, so start making your plans to attend! Registration and hotel reservations can be easily made at www.curemeso.org/symposium.

2014 Symposium: Registration is Now Open!

2014_Brochure_CoverOn March 5-7, 2014, join us in the Washington DC area, for three days of advocacy, science and community. The 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will explore the barriers and obstacles faced by people affected by mesothelioma, be it related to treatment, research, or patient and family care, and ways to get through them (or, sometimes, around them). Learn more about this year’s conference. 

Now that we’re back in the DC area, this conference will once again include an advocacy component that will allow everyone to meet with their Congressional representatives. The two days that follow will be packed with presentations by world-renowned mesothelioma medical professionals, who will share their most up-to-date studies and information with attendees.

As always, the community will play an integral part in this event. We plan on hosting some formal community sessions, but as you requested through surveys, we will also provide plenty of opportunities for organic socialization. On the heels of last year’s success, the Meso Fighters Band, a band of musically-inclined community members, has begun reunion plans and will have something special in store for us.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn, advocate, find and offer support, and connect. Register today and join us as we break through barriers toward better treatments and a cure for mesothelioma.