11th Annual ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference
Where Knowledge and Action Unite
April 17 – 19, 2015
Washington, D.C.

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Posted on January 20, 2015

2015 AAC Date BORDER FINALThe Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is excited to launch our 11th Annual International Asbestos Conference, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite taking place this April 17-19th 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Washington D.C. If you haven’t been to an ADAO conference before, this is the one not to miss! More than 30 renowned experts and asbestos victims from ten countries will present the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy, and treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. Patients and families will also look back at our accomplishments over the past eleven years and ban together in hope for a future free from asbestos disease.

ADAO is the only U.S. nonprofit that organizes annual conferences dedicated to preventing and eliminating asbestos-caused diseases.

Click here to see what we did last year and share our 2014 Conference Video Presentations including a keynote presentation by Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General.

The April 18 conference cutting–edge sessions include:

  • Session I: Progress and Challenges from the Frontline
  • Session II: Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases
  • Session III: Prevention: What Is It? Where Is It? What Do I Do?
  • Session IV: Advocacy: Global Ban Asbestos Action

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


Hotel Reservations 
Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. Note: We have a limited number of highly discounted rooms at the conference hotel, which is the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. In order to receive the reduced ADAO group rate of $134.00 plus taxes, reservations must be made by either, online or by calling 1-877-212-5752. Other methods or Marriott numbers will not guarantee the group rate!

Conference Event Schedule

FRIDAY, April 17
Private Family Washington, D.C. Trolley Tour and Lunch
12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
NOTE: Tickets are limited
Patients and Families Only: RSVP Here

Private Speakers, Honorees, and Sponsors Dinner (By Invitation Only)
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

SATURDAY, April 18
Continental Breakfast (included)
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Keynote Address and Conference
12:00 PM

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

SUNDAY, April 19
Unity and Remembrance Brunch
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jorma Rantanen, Saturday
Ms. Susan Vento, Sunday

2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees

American Public Health Association (APHA) will receive the Tribute of Unity Award for their relentless efforts, both nationally and internationally, to protect public health, ban asbestos, and increase public awareness about the danger of asbestos.

International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) will be presented with the Tribute of Hope Award for their steadfast commitment to advancing mesothelioma treatment, research for a cure, and  patient support.

The Brazilian Labour Public Ministry will be presented with the Tribute of Inspiration Award for their untiring efforts to protect workers’ safety and health at the workplaces and pursuit of truth and justice for the asbestos workers and victims.

Dr. Jorma Rantanen will be recognized with the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his tireless dedication to increasing awareness about asbestos to eliminate diseases.

Troi Atkinson, a mesothelioma patient, will be honored with the Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award for being an ADAO Ambassador to increase asbestos and mesothelioma awareness.

Congressman Bruce Vento will be honored posthumously with the 2014 Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute for his countless years of public service as a legislator and public servant.

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

2015 Sponsors

ADAO is extremely grateful to our 2015 Official Sponsors, especially our Platinum Sponsors Motley Rice LLC and the Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, whose support makes this event possible. We also send a special thanks to our Gold Sponsor Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C, Silver Sponsor Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen and our Individual Donors!

2015 Speakers and Honorees

  • Arturo Aguilar, Filmmaker, Mexico
  • Barry Castleman, ScD, Author of the “Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects,” and ADAO Science Advisory Board
  • Barry Robson, Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), Australia
  • Cameron Von St James, Mesothelioma Husband
  • Captain Aubrey K. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, Professorial Lecturer Dept of Environmental & Occupational Health Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University
  • Domani Tripam, Mesothelioma Daughter
  • Doug Larkin, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Co-Founder, USA
  • Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair
  • Dr. Brad Black, Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director at Center for Asbestos Related Disease and ADAO Science Advisory Board
  • Dr. Guadalupe Aguilar Madrid, Mexico
  • Dr. John Wheeler, Associate Director for Science at CDC/ATSDR.
  • Dr. Jorma Rantanen, Professor at International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and 2015 Honoree, Finland
  • Dr. Luis Antonio Camargo De Melo, General Labour Prosecutor
  • Dr. Philippe Gomes Jardim, The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor’s Office
  • Dr. Raja Flores, Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System and Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Science Advisory Board
  • Dr. Robert Cameron, University of California, Los Angeles and The West Los Angeles VA
  • Dra. Márcia Cristina Kamei Lopes Aliaga, The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor’s Office
  • Earl Dotter, Photojournalist
  • Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Patient and 2015 Honoree
  • Fernanda Giannasi, Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA)
  • Geoff Fary, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, Chairman, Australia
  • Heather White, Environmental Working Group (EWG)
  • Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow and Singer
  • Jordan Zevon, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Spokesperson and Musician
  • Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Board Member
  • Lou Williams, Mesothelioma Patient and Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), Australia
  • Mark Catlin, Service Employees International Union
  • Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine
  • Professor Dean Fennell, Chair of Thoracic Medical Oncology, University of Leicester and 2015 Honoree, United Kingdom
  • Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (ret.), Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.) and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair
  • Rodrigo Farhat Camargo, press assessor of The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor’s Office
  • Sandra Neuenschwander, Mesothelioma Mother
  • Susan Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento
  • Syed Mezab Ahmed, Pakistan
  • The Brazilian Labor Public Ministry
  • Troi Atkinson, Mesothelioma Patient and 2015 Honoree
  • Yvonne Waterman, Ph.D. LL.M., The Netherlands

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization reserves the right to decline registrations.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO),  a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

ADAO is also deeply grateful to our Science Advisory Board, ADAO Leadership, and Volunteers who are committed to making the 11th Annual Conference the best yet. Stay tuned for more conference details to come and be sure to register by April 1, 2015!!

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Thank you for all your handwork, and of course, your continued support.

Together, change is possible!


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 The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO),  a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.