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14th Annual ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Features Prominent Experts
[April 13, 2018]

14th Annual ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Features Prominent Experts


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure through education, advocacy, and community work today announced the full speaker list for its 14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference on Saturday, April 14, 2018, with activities planned throughout the weekend. The international conference provides education and outreach to families, employers/employees, and scientists on a global scale as part of ADAO's continuing effort to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos, ban its use, expand prevention knowledge, and increase research efforts that would improve treatment options.

WHAT:
ADAO's 14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference: "Where Knowledge and Action Unite"

WHEN:
Conference
Saturday, April 14, 8 AM - 5 PM
"Meet the Artists" Signature Cocktail Reception
Saturday, April 14, 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Awards and Recognition Dinner
Saturday, April 14, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Performance by Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson
Unity and Remembrance Brunch
Sunday, April 15, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

WHERE:
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Ave
Arlington, VA 22202

WHY:
To share information and provide support to those affected by asbestos-related diseases, including survivors, families, and physicians. Prominent physicians, scientists, safety and health directors, and survivors are presenting up-to-date information about the status of asbestos in the United States and worldwide.

WHO:
30+ esteemed speakers, courageous patients, dedicated volunteers, public service leaders, doctors, and supporters dedicated to preventing asbestos-caused diseases.

2018 International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference Keynote Speakers:

  • Saturday: Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupation Health, Safety, and Medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
  • Sunday: Eric Jonckheere, President of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association

2018 International Asbestos Awareness Conference Speakers:

Marcia Cristina Kamei López Aliaga, Federal Labour Prosecutor at the Labour Publc Ministry (Brazil). Sheri Benson, Member of Parliament, Canada. Kathy Best, Editor of the Missoulian. Brad Black, MD, Medical Director and CEO for the Center for Asbestos and Related Disease in Libby, Montana. U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, from the First Congressional District of Oregon. Jill Cagle, Performer and Mesothelioma Widow. Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member. Mark Catlin, Occupational Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member. Kim Cecchini, Senior Communications Strategist and ADAO Board Member. Ellen Costa, Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo (News - Alert) Home Lending and ADAO Board Member. Paul Demers, PhD, Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Professor with the University of Toronto, and Scientific Director of CAREX Canada. Earl Dotter, Photojournalist and Creator of the exhibit BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers. Raja Flores, MD, Chairman for the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member. Arthur Frank, MD, PhD, Chair Emeritus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair. Fernanda Giannasi, founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA). Daniel Pineda González, Mesothelioma Warrior and co-creator of the Colombia Sin Asbestos movement. Chris Graham, Publisher and Editor of New Matilda, an independent Australian news outlet, collaborated with Michael Gillard and published "LETHAL LIES: How a Corporate Spy for a Kazakhstan Company Infiltrated the Global Anti-Asbestos Network." Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP, Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member. Eric Jonckheere, President of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association. Sinem Delal Kankotan, ADAO International Representative. Annamarie Kearns, Mesothelioma Warrior and ADAO Volunteer. Robert and Laura Kuzmick, Mesothelioma Warriors and ADAO Volunteers. Brent Kynoch, Managing Director of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Co-Chair. Tom Laubenthal, Training Supervisor and Technical Chief for The Environmental Institute (TEI) and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member. Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, Retired Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair. Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Director of the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (CCHE) at Queens College, City University of New York and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member. Pat Martin, former Member of Parliament, Canada. Sarah McOnie, Director and Founder of McOnie, a B2B Communications Agency. Barbara Minty McQueen, widow of American film star Steve McQueen. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, from Oregon. Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, Professorial lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health at George Washington University and Liaison to ADAO Science and Prevention Advisory Boards. Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupation Health, Safety, and Medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). L. Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, President of Occupational Health Initiatives, and Adjunct Professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. John Panza, Mesothelioma Warrior and Musician. Emily Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Volunteer. Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist, Photographic Historian and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member. Barry Robson, President of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia (ADFA). Cortney Segmen, Teach for America Capitol Hill Fellow. Jukka Takala, DSc, MSc, BSc, President of The International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH). Marika Townsend, Advisor for London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG). Chris Walker, Supervisor in the Training and Compliance office at the University of Vermont. Jordan Zevon, Singer, Songwriter, Film Composer and ADAO National Spokesperson and Celebrity Board Co-Chair.



About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims' civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.orgADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.



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