Important Information for Symposium Attendees

Symposium2015_ThemeGraphicWe are excited you will be joining us at the 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma! Please review the important information provided below as you prepare for your trip.

Read this information carefully, as this year’s Symposium is set up differently than in previous years. The conference will take place at both the Hyatt Regency Bethesda and the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

MONDAY
The conference begins on Monday, March 2. On Monday morning, the first thing to do is catch the shuttle to the NIH. Shuttles will leave from the hotel’s main entrance at 7:00am and 8:30am. If you are attending our regular sessions (this applies to patients, caregivers, bereaved), feel free to take the 8:30am shuttle, as your sessions begin at 9:30am. If you are attending our sessions for scientists and medical professionals, you will need to take the 7:00am shuttle, as your sessions begin at 8:00am.

Breakfast will be provided to both groups upon arrival at the NIH, and you can pick up your name tag and packet at the conference registration table. If you miss the shuttles to the NIH, you will need to use other means of transportation, such as a taxi or the metro.

On Monday evening, shuttles will leave the NIH at 5:00pm to take attendees back to the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. This will allow you some free time to get ready for the Awards Dinner, which will begin at the hotel at 7:00pm in the Crystal Ballroom.

TUESDAY
On Tuesday, March 3, the morning will again start with shuttles to the NIH. Shuttles will leave from the hotel’s main entrance at 7:00am and 8:30am. If you are attending our regular sessions (this applies to patients, caregivers, bereaved), feel free to take the 8:30am shuttle, as your sessions begin at 9:30am. If you are attending our sessions for scientists and medical professionals, you will need to take the 7:00am shuttle, as your sessions begin at 8:00am.

Breakfast will be provided to both groups upon arrival at the NIH.

On Tuesday evening, shuttles will leave the NIH at 5:00pm to take attendees back to the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. This will allow you some free time to get ready for the Community Dinner, which will begin at the hotel at 7:00pm in the Crystal Ballroom.

WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, March 4 is Advocacy Day. Breakfast will be provided at 7:30am in the Haverford and Baccarat Ballrooms at the hotel. At this location, advocacy training and schedules will be handed out beginning at8:00am.

Shuttles will leave from the hotel’s main entrance at 8:45am to bring Advocacy Day participants to Capitol Hill. The shuttle will drop off on the Hill at Garfield Circle. In the evening, the shuttle will leave from the Peace Circle at 5:30pm to bring attendees back to the hotel. If you will be leaving directly from Advocacy Day, luggage will be stored at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill at 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
When you arrive to the DC area, you will want to navigate to the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The hotel is located at One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814. A map and directions to the hotel are available here.

Please consult the forecast as you pack for your trip. The DC area can still be cold in early March, and nothing is worse than packing tank tops when you really need a sweater!

The Symposium dress code is casual to business casual. Some community members take the opportunity to dress up for the Awards Dinner, which will be held on Monday evening. Nonetheless, we encourage you to dress comfortably. If you will be participating in Advocacy Day, be sure to pack a business professional outfit and nice (but comfortable) shoes.

More information about the Symposium can be found at curemeso.org/symposium.

Do You Know an Outstanding Nurse? Nominate Them!

NursesWe are pleased to announce our second annual campaign to choose the recipient of the 2015 June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award.

If you know a nursing professional who fits the following criteria, click the link below to submit a nomination. Simply fill out the short nomination form and tell us how the nurse has positively impacted you or your loved ones.

The award will be given to a nursing professional who:

  • Positively impacted you or your loved ones throughout your fight with mesothelioma
  • Demonstrates a professional, positive, and caring attitude
  • Is passionate and goes above and beyond to care for patients and families
  • Ensures patients and families are informed and included during the care process
  • Is thoughtful and compassionate in every situation
  • Makes an impactful difference in the lives of patients and family members
  • No georgraphic restrictions apply. We accept nominations from within the United States, as well as anywhere else in the world.

All nominations must be submitted by January 14, 2015!

PLEASE NOTE: Nominations for Mary Hesdorffer, NP, the executive director of the Meso Foundation, will not be accepted. Mary does not wish to be nominated, and thusly is not eligible to receive this award.

Submit a Nomination

With the June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award, we wish to honor an individual in the nursing profession who exhibits an optimistic, determined, and generous spirit reflective of both June and Jocelyn. To learn more about June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar, visit curemeso.org/nurseaward.

The June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award will be presented at the Meso Foundation’s Awards Dinner on March 2, 2015 as part of the foundation’s International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. The Symposium will be held from March 2nd through 4th in the Washington, DC metro region. For more details, visit our Symposium page.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Mesothelioma Conferences

Two regional mesothelioma conferences are coming this fall to the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago.This year, the Meso Foundation will be host to two regional conferences. The first will be held on Friday, September 26 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The second will be held on Friday, October 10 at the University of Chicago in Illinois. Each conference will feature regional experts in the field of mesothelioma. Check back to curemeso.org for further information as it becomes available or sign up for our e-news to ensure you are notified as conference details are released.

September 26, 2014
University of Pennsylvania
The Hub, Cira Centre
2929 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

October 10, 2014
University of Chicago
Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Annual Conference
The Meso Foundation’s annual conference, the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, along with the Scientific Seminar, will be held from Monday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in partnership with the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Events will be held at the National Institutes of Health Natcher Conference Center and the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. Symposium registration will open on October, 13, so mark your calendars now! Visit curemeso.org/symposium for more information as it becomes available or sign up for our e-news to be notified about Symposium details.

International Symposium
on Malignant Mesothelioma
March 2- 4, 2015
National Institutes of Health
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
Bethesda, MD
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Scientific Seminar
March 2-3, 2015
National Institutes of Health
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
Bethesda, MD

 

GUEST BLOG: Krisha Deaver and Why She Needs the Symposium

Krisha and Cam Deaverby Krisha Deaver

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to the Symposium last year. I knew I needed to go, but that’s not the same thing.

I needed to go because information is power when fighting an elusive enemy like mesothelioma.

I needed to go because fighting cancer is lonely, and I wanted to meet people who understood.

I needed to go because my husband, Cam, is everything to me—and I’ll do whatever it takes to help him beat this disease.

But all the same, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. In hindsight, I can recognize my hesitation for what it was: fear.

I was afraid it would be sad. I was particularly worried about a session that recognized those who had passed away during the year. I couldn’t face that — I was terrified of losing Cam. So guess what I did? I gave myself permission not to attend that session. And that was a fine approach because it was what I needed to do at the time.

I was afraid that the Symposium would be too much for me emotionally — three full days of staring into the face of meso. That fear seems laughable now. After all, hadn’t I been consumed for months doing exactly that? Through research, doctor visits, tests, and surgery, I’d been relentlessly staring down the beast.

Rather than being overwhelming, the Symposium was a tremendous relief. Admittedly, there was a lot of information and new faces and ideas to take in, but I ultimately found myself surrounded by people equally passionate about finding answers to this disease.

It was a relief to hear researchers present their findings. Even if I didn’t follow all the science, I understood enough, and I was grateful that the researchers could see my pleading eyes in the audience. I’m glad that I sat next to my husband, squeezing his hand, and helped to put a face to the need for more research.

It was a relief to attend the session for caregivers and hear from a panel that helped me feel connected. It was a relief to ask my toughest questions to that group and gain their wisdom and support.

It was a relief to approach a brilliant researcher after her presentation and ask a follow-up question specific to Cam’s recovery. I was able to pick the brains of every other doctor I could catch.

It was a relief to hear from dedicated and passionate fundraisers and learn how I can help contribute to the effort to find a cure.

As the Symposium was winding down, it was a wonderful relief to attend the closing celebration. At this annual dinner, I listened to Cam optimistically talk about his journey and perspective, and it was one of the proudest moments of my life.

In the year since the Symposium, when I feel fear creeping in, one of the things that keeps me grounded is remembering the network of support I built by attending. Even though Cam and I were part of the Meso Foundation’s online community prior to the Symposium, nothing can compare to actually meeting others who “get it.”

At this year’s Symposium, I can’t wait for a fresh infusion of information, friends, and hope. Fear doesn’t stand a chance.

Dr. Ira Pastan of National Cancer Institute to Speak at Mesothelioma Symposium

Dr. Ira PastanThe Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced that Dr. Ira Pastan, the Head of the National Cancer Institute’s Molecular Biology Section, will be the keynote speaker during its 11th annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, taking place on March 5-7 in the Washington, DC metro area.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) February 28, 2014

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced that Dr. Ira Pastan, the Head of the National Cancer Institute’s Molecular Biology Section, will be the keynote speaker during its 11th annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, taking place on March 5-7 in the Washington, DC metro area.

Dr. Pastan is a world-renowned scientist known for his work in cancer research. Along with colleague Mark Willingham, he discovered mesothelin, a protein that is over-expressed in mesothelioma, as well as certain other cancers. This discovery has made it possible to develop an immunotoxin, SS1P, which targets the mesothelin antigen. SS1P has shown much promise in clinical trials by producing major tumor regressions lasting up to two years.

“It is an honor to have Dr. Pastan, one of those most imminent cancer researchers in this nation, joining us at our International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma,” said Mary Hesdorffer, NP, the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

“Hearing about his promising work directly from Dr. Pastan will be a very inspiring experience for the mesothelioma patients in attendance, as well as others interested in curing mesothelioma,” she added.

Dr. Pastan will speak to the Symposium audience on Thursday, March 6 at 9:15 AM. The program will also be broadcast live on the web at http://www.curemeso.org/symposium.

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.

ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
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 http://www.curemeso.org.