Mary Hesdorffer, APRN, the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, was one of the 30 international speakers at the 2015 Weinman Symposium at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center.
The conference, which was sponsored by Weinman Foundation’s Honolulu chapter, the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and UH Cancer Center, focused on mesothelioma in populations exposed to naturally occurring asbestiform fibers.
The special guest and award recipient at this year’s conference was Dr. Mary-Claire King. Dr. King is best known for her discovery of the BRCA1 gene, which is associated with development of breast and ovarian cancers.
“This conference puts Hawaii as the leading place to discuss ways on how to fight asbestos-related cancer,” said Dr. Michele Carbone, the lead organizer of the conference. “This is the first international conference to discuss how to prevent this type of cancer.”
“What makes these Carbone conferences unique is that he brings together experts from multiple disciplines to help problem-solve in mesothelioma. It is very exciting to have experts like Dr. King actively participate in this conference stimulating discussion on the BAP1 gene and its implications in mesothelioma.”
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