LISTEN: Meet the Mesothelioma Experts Interview with Drs. Simone and Alley Now Available

Penn MedicineOn Thursday, May 14, the Meso Foundation interviewed Dr. Charles Simone and Dr. Evan Alley of the University of Pennsylvania Medicine during the Meet the Mesothelioma Experts series. The session was part of a series of interviews focusing on mesothelioma centers of excellence. Drs. Simone and Alley were interviewed by the Meso Foundation’s executive director, Mary Hesdorffer, with whom they discussed the mesothelioma program at the University of Pennsylvania Medicine.

The full interview is now available on demand on the Meso Foundation’s website at curemeso.org/experts.

Drs. Alley and Simone are the co-directors of the Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Program. Dr. Alley is a medical oncologist and is the leading investigator in the PD-1 inhibitor trial that has recently made big news in mesothelioma. Read more about the trial here. Dr. Simone treats patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma with photon and proton radiation therapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT). He is a National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense funded investigator who performs clinical and translational research investigating the novel use of proton therapy and PDT as definitive therapy and as part of multi-modality therapy for mesothelioma.

As part of the Meet the Mesothelioma Experts series, the Meso Foundation invites specialists in the field of mesothelioma to discuss their current research interests as well as promising developments in the treatment of mesothelioma.

You can listen to this interview and other previous Meet the Mesothelioma Experts sessions at curemeso.org/experts.

Meet the Mesothelioma Experts: Drs. Alley and Simone of Penn Medicine

Penn MedicineOn Thursday, May 14 at 8PM ET, the Meso Foundation will interview Drs. Evan Alley and Charles Simone of Penn Medicine during a new installment of the Meet the Mesothelioma Experts live teleconference series. The interview will be led by the Meso Foundation’s executive director and expert mesothelioma nurse practitioner Mary Hesdorffer.

This session, titled Focus on Mesothelioma Centers of Excellence: Penn Medicine, is the second installment in a series of interviews highlighting mesothelioma centers of excellence.

The session will be available live on Thursday, May 14 at 8PM ET by dialing into the conference call. The session is available at no charge, but those interested in participating must RSVP ahead of time in order to receive the call-in number. Please RSVP at curemeso.org/experts.

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Drs. Alley and Simone are the co-directors of the Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Program. Dr. Alley is a medical oncologist and is the leading investigator in the PD-1 inhibitor trial that has recently made big news in mesothelioma. Read more about the trial here.

Dr. Simone treats patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma with photon and proton radiation therapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT). He is a National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense funded investigator who performs clinical and translational research investigating the novel use of proton therapy and PDT as definitive therapy and as part of multi-modality therapy for mesothelioma.

To RSVP to this session and learn more about the Meet the Mesothelioma Experts series, visit curemeso.org/experts.

2015 Awards to be Presented at Dinner in March

AwardsThe Meso Foundation is proud to announce its 2015 Award recipients! The awards will be presented during the Awards Dinner at the 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7PM at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award will be presented to James A. Grogan, Jr., General President, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (formerly Asbestos Workers).

The Pioneer Award will be presented to Valerie Rusch, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The Klaus Brauch Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Miriam Ratner.

The Compassion Award will be presented to Reverend George Winchester, SJ, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award will be presented to Joanne Redondo, Hillman Cancer Center.

The Awards Dinner is included in Symposium registration. However, those who are not attending the entire conference are welcome to purchase tickets for only the Awards Dinner. Additionally, guests can honor our award recipients through the purchase of an ad. The ad can be used to congratulate the recipients, and it will appear in the Awards Dinner program book.

To learn more, purchase Awards Dinner tickets, or purchase an ad, please click here. To learn about the entire Symposium, visit curemeso.org/symposium.

2015 Symposium to be Co-Hosted with the NCI and Held at the NIH

International Symposium on Malignant MesotheliomaThis year, the Meso Foundation has partnered with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to co-host the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. As a result, the conference will be hosted on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers.

This conference is geared to attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma, and scientists. The Symposium provides a unique setting for everyone in the meso community to come together, learn about mesothelioma and its treatments from renowned experts, build friendships and socialize.

The Symposium will be held from March 2nd through 4th at the NIH and the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. Daytime Symposium sessions will be held on the NIH campus, while evening dinners will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The NIH campus is located only a few minutes away from the hotel, and we will provide shuttles between the two locations in the morning and afternoon of March 2nd and 3rd. Symposium attendees can also travel between the locations via Metro (stops are convenient to both the hotel and the NIH) or by taxi.

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Sessions will cover a range of topics about pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, treatments, clinical trials, surgery, prevention, as well as support groups, well-being and community sessions. A mesothelioma Advocacy Day will be held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 4th. View the full Symposium agenda here.

In addition to our science and treatment sessions for the general public, this year’s Symposium includes a two-day special session for scientists and medical professionals. Nearly 100 mesothelioma experts will come together to share their work, and find collaborative opportunities, in an effort to speed up mesothelioma advances. The scientists and medical professionals in attendance will be available during sessions common to both groups, such as lunches and dinners, to answer any questions and to socialize. A recap and “translation” of the sessions for scientists and medical professionals will be presents on Tuesday evening in the main Symposium session for the general public.

It is a privilege and an honor to host our Symposium on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, and we hope to see you all at the event. Learn more about the Symposium at curemeso.org/symposium or register here.

Free Live Stream of the Symposium Available in March

Symposium Live StreamIf you are unable to attend the Meso Foundation’s 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in person, you will still be able to view many of the sessions online as they happen. The free live stream is a real-time broadcast of the March 3rd sessions of the Symposium. Only a computer or smartphone/device and an internet connection are needed to access the live stream.

No registration or payment is required to view the Symposium live stream. On March 3rd, you simply need to visit curemeso.org/symposium and follow the link to the live stream to begin watching. The Symposium is a unique event that covers important treatment information and research advances presented by mesothelioma experts. We understand that many mesothelioma patients are unable to travel for health reasons, so the live stream is available to ensure the community can still access the information.

The Symposium is geared to attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma, and scientists. Sessions will cover a range of topics about pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, treatments, clinical trials, surgery, prevention, as well as support groups, well-being and community sessions. The full agenda can be viewed here.

For more information about the Symposium, visit curemeso.org/symposium.