2012 ADAO Conference “Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis”

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ADAO 12/16 Press Release

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is delighted to announce the honorees and keynote speaker for its 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference.  The conference, Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis, will be held March 30 – April 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA, and will bring together renowned experts and asbestos victims in a united forum to enhance asbestos awareness, education, treatment, and collaboration (Conference Registration).  The conference is made possible with the partnership of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) and Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP).

ADAO is pleased to have confirmed reporter and journalist Matt Peacock as this year’s keynote speaker.  Matt is an award-winning reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation who will share his decades of experience exposing the asbestos industry.  He has followed asbestos in Australia from the factories to the mines to the thousands of homes where it now dangerously resides.  Most recently, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ran Matt’s insightful report on India’s toxic asbestos trade.

This year’s honorees are being recognized for their outstanding work serving as a voice for asbestos victims, raising awareness, and advocating for a worldwide ban of asbestos.

The 2012 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Honorees:

U.S. Representative Steve Cohen will be presented with the Tribute of Hope Award for his steadfast commitment and determination to ban asbestos.

Dr. Arthur Frank will be recognized with the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his tireless dedication to increasing asbestos awareness to eliminate diseases and unending support of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Dr. Richard Lemen will be recognized with the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his tireless dedication to increasing asbestos awareness to eliminate diseases and unending support of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

Joel Shufro will be presented with the Tribute of Inspiration Award for his tireless efforts to protect workers’ occupational safety and health, especially in regards to asbestos exposure.

Associazione Familiari Vittime Amianto (AFEVA) will receive the Tribute of Unity Award for its relentless efforts, both nationally and internationally, to protect human rights and seek justice for victims and their families.

Debbie Brewer,a mesothelioma patient, will be recognized with The Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.

Larry Davis,a mesothelioma patient, will be recognized with The Alan Reinstein Award for his commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees and keynote!  We look forward to an exceptional 2012 conference and seeing all of you there!  Conference registration is available at our website.


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