Taking It to the Bank: Reflections on the 2012 IAHFIAW Conference

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of attending here in Washington D.C. the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Conference, a one-day event calling together physicians, scientists and researchers to announce their partnership with Mt. Sinai Medical Center in establishing a tissue bank (Insulators Tissue Bank or ITB).

Representing the Meso Foundation, I was delighted to be a part of this event that so closely aligns with our interests. This tissue bank is being established as a repository of asbestos-related-tumor tissue specimens and fluid samples from a highly exposed population of asbestos insulators in order to support research that aims to better understand the mechanisms of asbestos-induced cancer, and to develop interventions and cures for asbestos-related cancers, such as mesothelioma.

The Insultators Union General President, James A. Grogan, is currently issuing a call to action to approximately 8,000 insulators to participate by agreeing to donate tissue samples should they be diagnosed and treated for an asbestos-related disease.  He plans to soon expand participation in the ITB to other trade unions that also have high incidence of asbestos-related disease. Continue reading “Taking It to the Bank: Reflections on the 2012 IAHFIAW Conference” »