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 at 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

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.

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

Regional Conference on Malignant Mesothelioma: Destination New York


All of us at the Meso Foundation have been very aware of the need mesothelioma patients and families have to connect with others facing similar challenges, and learn about their disease and its treatment options.

For this reason, for the second consecutive year, we are organizing a regional conference taking place in New York City.

On Friday, September 27, at 9 AM, please join us at the Harvard Club for this one-day conference on malignant mesothelioma for patients, their families, doctors, and others wishing to learn more about this disease. The conference is supported by an educational grant from Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP.

We put together an impressive line-up of mesothelioma experts from the New York area who will discuss topics including standard treatments, ongoing research, environmental/occupational exposure risk, and legal implications. Read the agenda here. 


You can watch below our last year’s conference:

The cost to register is $25 per person (includes all sessions, breakfast and lunch). You may register by visiting or by calling the Meso Foundation at (703) 879-3797. Registration fees will be donated back to the Meso Foundation. Availability is limited. You must register before our deadline of September 10.

If you are traveling to the conference and need a hotel room, we put together a list of hotels available nearby. Due to the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting taking place around the same time as our conference, the hotels near the Harvard Club and throughout New York City could be very expensive, so make sure you book early.