The 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma kicks off Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The Symposium, now in its 11th year, welcomes all attendees from patients and their families to advocates, members of the medical community, and more. The Symposium, which begins on Advocacy Day, will feature a series of advocacy presentations, followed by a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with elected officials in an effort to help increase federal funding for mesothelioma research.


On Thursday, March 6 and Friday March 7, the Symposium will present Science and Community Sessions, which will cover a variety of topics on mesothelioma as well as discussions with scientists and the community. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Ira Pastan, Molecular Biology Section Head at the National Cancer Institute; Dr. Dean Fennell, Chair of Thoracic Medical Oncology at the University of Leicester, and Dr. Michele Carbone, Director of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center.


In addition to 20 other renowned speakers such as Dr. Hedy Lee Kinder, Director of the Mesothelioma Program at The University of Chicago Medicine; Dr. Anne S. Tsao Director, Director of the Mesothelioma Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Lee M. Krug Thoracic Oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Symposium will feature special community dinners each night in honor of award recipients and the community. The Symposium will close with a live performance by the Meso Fighters Band.


Event Details


Dates: March 5-7, 2014

Venue: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311

(703) 845-1010

Contact: Erin Maas, (703) 879-3824





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