The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) will be holding its annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in Washington, DC, from June 26 through June 28, 2008. The Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill, and will bring mesothelioma patients, clinicians, advocates, and international research experts together.
The Symposium is an annual event of MARF, and will bring attention to new developments in mesothelioma research, and new advances in treatment regimes for this deadly cancer. The Symposium is also a place for patients and caregivers to meet and provide mutual support, and for advocates and volunteers to meet and work together on strategies for eradicating mesothelioma. The first day of the Symposium is dedicated to advocacy on mesothelioma-related issues, including urging the House of Representatives to pass legislation banning asbestos and increasing funding for mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease research. A second objective of the advocacy program is asking the Department of Defense, via the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, to maintain eligibility for mesothelioma researchers to receive funding from DoD.
The second day of the Symposium is dedicated to presenting the state of scientific research in the mesothelioma field. Scheduled presentations include research on peritoneal mesothelioma, surgical options for pleural mesothelioma patients, a report on emerging and new therapies for mesothelioma, research on optimizing patient care, new advances in the scientific research about mesothelioma, and a special session on the research being funded by MARF itself. In addition, there will be a dinner on the second day, with awards presented to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the cause of mesothelioma treatment and research. The third day of the Symposium focuses on community, including a discussion of MARF and its work, break-out sessions for activists and fundraisers, a tribute ceremony, and sessions for patients, caregivers, and people coping with the loss of loved ones to mesothelioma. Registration information for the Symposium, as well as complete information on all the programs available for participants, can be found at www.curemeso.org.