9th Annual ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference
“The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment”
March 22 – 24, 2013
Washington, D.C.

2013 Conference Program| 2013 Conference Info Register |  Agenda |  Family Tributes |  Private Capitol Tour |

The enthusiasm about the ADAO conference is contagious! More than 30 renowned experts and asbestos victims from five countries will present the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy, and treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. Be sure to register by March 1!

The March 23rd conference includes four powerful, cutting–edge sessions:

  • Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases
  • Patients & Caregivers: Navigating the Medical Maze
  • Prevention: What Is It? Where Is It? What Do I Do?
  • Advocacy: Global Ban Asbestos Action

ADAO is deeply grateful to our leadership, volunteers, and conference speakers, who are committed to making this year’s conference the best yet. ADAO also thanks the organizations that have already committed to be 2013 Official Sponsors, especially our Platinum Sponsors, Baron & BuddMotley Rice, and the Simmons Law Firm.

Registration Fees*
$175.00 Conference and Unity Remembrance Brunch: Patients, Caregivers, and Students
$350.00 Conference and Unity Remembrance Brunch: Professionals
$100.00 ADAO Awards & Recognition Dinner
$50.00 Unity and Remembrance Brunch (without conference registration)

*New this year, ADAO will offer need-based scholarships to a limited number of patients and families to cover the cost of conference registration (which does not include travel and lodging costs). If interested in the scholarships, please e-mail 2013AAC@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

NOTE: We have a limited number of highly discounted hotel rooms ($119 plus tax) for conference registrants only. To receive the discount, book your room online (click here) or via phone (703-413-5500) and tell them that your group code is ADAADAA. Reserve your room soon before all of the discounted rooms are taken!

Conference Event Schedule

Lunch & U.S. Capitol Tour for Patients and Families
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
NOTE: Tickets are limited
Patients and Families Only: RSVP Here

U.S. Capitol Tour for Speakers, Honorees, and Sponsors
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NOTE: Tickets are limited
Speakers, Honorees, and Sponsors Only: RSVP Here

Private Speakers, Honorees, and Sponsors Dinner (By Invitation Only)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Keynote Address and Conference
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

ADAO Awards & Recognition Dinner
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Unity and Remembrance Brunch
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM


2013 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Keynote Speakers

Saturday: Dr. Aubrey Miller, Senior Medical Advisor and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Sunday: Karen Banton, widow of the late activist Bernie Banton and CEO of the Bernie Banton Foundation 


2013 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees

U.S. Representative Lois Capps will be presented with the Tribute of Hope Award for her steadfast commitment to public health and safety.

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

Karen Banton will be presented with the Tribute of Inspiration Award for her untiring efforts to protect workers’ rights and seek justice for asbestos sufferers and their families.

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers will receive the Tribute of Unity Award for its relentless efforts, both nationally and internationally, to protect workers’ occupational safety and health.

Rob Cagle, who tragically lost his battle with mesothelioma in 2011, will be recognized with the Alan Reinstein Award for his commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.

Mavis Nye, a mesothelioma patient, will be recognized with the Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.

Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson, will be honored for his tireless dedication to ADAO.

2013 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Session Speakers

Brad Black, MD
Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow
Barry Castleman, ScD
Paul Demers, PhD
Eleanor Ericson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Geoff Fary, Former Chairman of the Australian Asbestos Management Review
Sean Fitzgerald, PG, Scientific Analytical Institute
Arthur Frank, MD, PhD
Fernanda Giannasi, ABREA
Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN
Meagan Jensen, Student
Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association
Tom Laubenthal, Environmental Institute
Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH
Charles Levenstein, PhD, MSOH
Barbara Minty McQueen, Author, Photographer, and Widow of Film Star Steve McQueen
James Millette, PhD
Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH
Elizabeth Ness, RN, MSN
Mavis Nye, Mesothelioma Patient
Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM
Emily Reinstein, Student
Linda Reinstein, ADAO
Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist
Kristin Samuelson, Student
John Thayer, Former AOC Supervisor
Heather Von St. James, Mesothelioma Patient
Laura Welch, MD
Lou Williams
Christine Winter, Independent Asbestos Training Providers
Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson & Musician