April 1, 2019

15th Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference Features Prominent Experts, Artists and Survivors

Washington, DC – April 1, 2019 – 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 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 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 efforts to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos, ban its use, expand prevention knowledge, and increase research efforts that would improve treatment options.

ADAO’s 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference: “Where Knowledge and Action Unite

Friday, April 5, 2019
March for Justice and Remembrance
11:30am – 1:30pm
Trolley Tour
12:00-4:00 pm

Saturday, April 6, 2019
8:00am – 5:00pm
Conference with Featured speakers:
8:30am: Linda Reinstein, President and Co-Founder of ADAO
11:05am: David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
2:30pm: David McCumber, Editor of The Montana Standard

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Meet the Artists” Signature Cocktail Reception
Awards and Recognition Dinner with a performance by Jordan Zevon

Sunday, April 7, 2019
9:30am – 11:30am
Unity and Remembrance Brunch

The March for Justice and Remembrance will begin at 11:15 and make its way towards the westside of the Capitol. The conference, reception and brunch all take place at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. 2800 South Potomac Ave Arlington, VA 22202

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.

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

Honoree Via Video: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., (via Video) Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

2019 International Asbestos Awareness Conference Speakers:

Eduardo Algranti, MD, Medical Researcher at the Fundacentro Division of Medicine, Marilyn Amento, Mesothelioma Warrior, Felipe Rico Atara, Director, Inextinguible, Harminder Bains, Partner at Leigh Day, Olawale Bakare,  SIIRSM, MNISP, Executive Director of Protec Consulting Nigeria, Kathy Best, Editor of the Missoulian, Eula Bingham, PhD, Former Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, Brad Black, MD, Medical Director and CEO of Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD CLINIC), Jill Cagle, Performer and Mesothelioma Widow, Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant, Mark Catlin, Occupational Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Kim Cecchini, Communications Strategist and ADAO Board Member, Ellen Costa, Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo Home Lending and ADAO Board Member, Daniela Degiovanni, MD, Founder of VITAS, Earl Dotter,  Photojournalist and Creator of the exhibit BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers, Alec Farquhar Coordinator of Asbestos Free Canada and Former Director of Ontario Office of Worker Adviser, Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD; Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health, Fernanda Giannasi, Founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA), Geoff and Karen Grant,  Mesothelioma Warriors, Julie Gundlach, Mesothelioma Warrior, Courtney Davis Hissong, Mesothelioma Warrior, Conor Lewis and Zack Johnson, Directors, Dirty Laundry, Tim Keane,  At-Large Vice President of the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Health Hazard Fund Administrator, Gopal Krishna,  PhD, JD, Co-Founder-Convener of Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI), Daniel Lambo, Director, Breathless, Richard Lemen,  PhD, MSPH; Assistant U.S. Surgeon General (Ret.) and Rear Admiral, USPHS (Ret.), Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, ADAO Science Advisory Board Member and Director of the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (CCHE) at Queens College of New York, David McCumber, Editor of The Montana Standard, Bev Messinger, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Raeleen Minchuck, Mesothelioma Warrior, Jacqueline M. Moline, MD, MSc, FACP, FACOEM, and Professor of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention and Internal Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, ADAO Science Advisory Board Member, Professional Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, Paolo Monico, Director, The Mother, John Newquist, Independent Safety Trainer, Author, and Consultant, Mavis Nye, Mesothelioma Warrior, L. Christine Oliver,  MD, MPH, MS, President of Occupational Health Initiatives, Inc and Adjunct Professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health Division of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Louie Palu, Photojournalist, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Linda Reinstein, ADAO President/CEO, Tony Rich,  Industrial Hygienist, Photographic Historian and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member, Robert Sussman, JD, Former EPA Deputy Administrator, Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Principal at Sussman and Associates, and Jordan Zevon, Performer, 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 ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

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