The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) announced that its 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference will take place on April 7–9 in Washington, D.C.
The event, titled “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” will feature about 40 medical professionals, scientists, experts, and exposure victims talking about asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma.
“ADAO’s conference brings together all of the perspectives regarding the issue of asbestos-science, public policy, and the impact on families,” Arthur Frank, ADAO Scientific Advisory Board co-chair, said in a press release.
People attending have opportunities to connect with both researchers and policymakers, as well as with victims and victim’s families, who can share their insights into life with an asbestos-related disease.The ADAO is a non-profit organization working to educate and advocate about asbestos exposure and its dangers.
“Now, like never before, the ADAO conference is of upmost importance to protect the public health and the environment,” said Linda Reinstein, ADAO president and co-founder. “Building on our successful endeavors over the past 13 years, including the most recent inclusion of asbestos on the EPA’s top ten list of high-risk chemicals, this conference is an important reminder of the power of knowledge and unity in action. We welcome our attendees from across the globe who share an important goal: to end asbestos exposure once, and, for all.”
Art-driven advocacy is a theme of this year’s event, and keynote speakers include the award-winning author David McCumber, and the musician and ADAO national spokesperson, Jordan Zevon. Performances by musicians, comedians, film producers and other artists are also planned.
The conference will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, and the weekend begins with a Dinner Cruise on the Potomac River. An awards gala is planned for Saturday night, and the event will close with a Unity and Remembrance Brunch on Sunday.
Registration is now open.
“The ADAO conference raises awareness and prevention knowledge,” Lou Williams, a mesothelioma patient and asbestos awareness advocate, said of last year’s gathering. “Asbestos destroys innocent lives. We need to unite and eradicate asbestos from our world.”