by Mary Hesdorffer, Nurse Practitioner
Executive Director, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Mary and Melinda made it to the cover of the IASLC conference daily newspaper!
Melinda and I are currently attending the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and I am so pleased to report that interest in mesothelioma research is exploding. Professor Bruce Robinson hosted a one day event in the day preceding the conference to gather all the experts in one room to present and discuss where we are headed in mesothelioma research. We were given an insight into some of the sessions that were to be presented at the larger meeting and an opportunity was provided to discuss them in detail in a small focused working session. Many of the presenters were past Mesothelioma Applied Research grant recipients and we were proud to see their work progressing. Professor Robinson, then, hosted the group for an evening of drinks and dinner where networking and further discussion of topics pertaining to mesothelioma were explored. We are so grateful to Professor Robinson for inviting us to be part of the meeting as well as the evening socialization. He is a fantastic host, an amazing humanitarian and brilliant researcher. When I return home expect to see updates and breaking news from this meeting.
Final tally from this important conference:
Countries Represented: 97
Talks on Mesothelioma: 47
On October 27 – 30, Mary Hesdorffer, the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), and Melinda Kotzian, the chief executive officer of the Meso Foundation, are scheduled to attend and participate in the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Sydney, Australia, organized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).
They will be representing the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and will be raising awareness of mesothelioma amidst over 7,000 delegates from over 100 countries.
In her capacity as a nurse practitioner and an expert in mesothelioma treatment and care, Mary is scheduled to speak at several sessions, including one on the use of social media networks to communicate with and provide support to mesothelioma patients. Mary is a viewed as a pioneer in this area. As a speaker, Mary’s travel and lodging costs are entirely covered by IASLC.
Melinda’s travel costs are also covered through a grant by IASLC for which she applied earlier this year. She was one of five grant recipients from all over the world awarded travel grants to enable them to attend this important event.
The Meso Foundation will also be hosting a booth with information about mesothelioma and programs and services provided by the Foundation.