Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Announces 2010 International Asbestos Awareness Conference

Awards Presented to Those Dedicated to Asbestos Awareness Activities

December 22, 2009 - The Asbestos Diseases Awareness Organization (ADAO) has announced the dates for their sixth annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, to be held in Chicago April 9-11, 2010. Every year, the ADAO conference brings together renowned doctors, scientists, researchers and most importantly, asbestos victims and their families in a united forum to promote asbestos awareness, education and collaboration.

The conference will provide an opportunity to recognize those for their outstanding work and dedication to asbestos awareness related activities. Honorees for 2010 include:

  • The Honorable Richard Durbin, United States Senator, Tribute of Hope Award
  • Dr. Hedy Kindler, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD), Libby, MT, Tribute of Unity Award
  • Fernanda Giannasi, Tribute of Inspiration Award
  • Honoree To be Announced, Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Memorial Tribute
  • June Breit, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Memorial Award

"As we get even closer to a full asbestos ban, we are encouraged yet simultaneously reminded that the reverberations of asbestos exposure can last decades," stated Linda Reinstein, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. "Our annual conferences drive home the importance of the need for increased awareness, education and research. We are again honored to have the opportunity to bring together some of the world's most renowned experts while recognizing some of the most influential leaders in the battle against asbestos exposure. They are true asbestos awareness heroes and prove that together, change is possible."

This conference is made possible with the support and collaborative efforts of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS). Presentations will include preventing exposure, identifying occupational and non-occupational asbestos exposure, public health and environmental aspects, early warning symptoms and trauma.