Drs. Frank and Lemen Part of Global Plaintiff’s Advocacy Session for April 10 Asbestos Disease
Here is the entire press release (which includes links) regarding an April 10, 2010 asbestos disease awareness conference set for April 10 in beautiful Chicago. The conference is organized by, among others, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and Laurie Kazan-Allen, who is the sister of American plaintiff’s lawyer, Steve Kazan. Through an entity commonly known as IBAS, Ms. Kazan-Allen has devoted well more than 15 years trying to ban the use of asbestos around the globe, and has achieved some signficant success.
Unlike many current and future defendants/corporations/makers/users, and their lawyers, the advocacy groups for victims/plaintiffs are thinking globally. Indeed, well-known plaintiff’s experts are part of the advocacy effort. Thus, during the conference, Dr Arthur Frank and Dr. Richard Lemen are part of a panel session on global advocacy, as is set out below from the conference agenda. Also set out below is a summary of all speakers, except the keynote speaker, who is to be designated later.
______________________________________________________________________________ Session IV Global Advocacy and the Continuing Crisis – Chairperson: Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD 3:15 – 3:35 Latin America’s Asbestos Struggle!, Fernanda Giannasi, Brazil 3:35 – 3:50 Canadian Asbestos: A Global Concern, Canadian Member of Parliament, Pat Martin 3:50 – 4:05 Governmental Agencies Role in Protecting Public Health, Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH 4:05 – 4:20 Progress Update: The Americas, Barry Castleman, ScD 4:20 – 4:35 A Victims’ Call to Action!, Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) 4:35 – 4:45 Panel Q & A, Moderator Arthur: L. Frank, MD, PhD
“ADAO’s 6th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference
REDONDO BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will host its 6th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, April 10, 2010, with activities throughout the weekend. The international conference will provide education and outreach to families, employers/employees, and scientists throughout the world as part of ADAO’s continuing effort to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos, ban its use, and encourage research efforts to improve treatment options. Prominent physicians, scientists, and safety and health care professionals who are experts in the area of asbestos representing the United States, Canada, England, Brazil, and Germany will present current information regarding the status and impact of asbestos in the United States and globally. Discussion will include facts on exposure, asbestos-related diseases and how to prevent them, and where to turn for help. The international conference is made possible by ADAO, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat.
WHERE: Marriott Renaissance Hotel
1 Wacker Drive , Chicago, Illinois
WHY: 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 will present current and up-to-date information regarding the status of asbestos in the United States and worldwide.
WHO: Brad Black, M.D., medical director, Center for Asbestos Related Disease; Barry Castleman, ScD, environmental consultant; Jeff Camplin, CSP, CPEA; Sean Fitzgerald, PG; Arthur Frank, M.D., Ph.D., chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Drexel University’s School of Public Health; Patrick Gerkin, Ph.D., assistant professor, Grand Valley State University; Fernanda Giannasi, ABREA; Michael Harbut, M.D., MPH, FCCP, co-director, National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Tanis Hernandez, LCSW, Center of Asbestos Related Disease; Laurie Kazan-Allen, founder and coordinator, IBAS; Hedy Lee Kindler, M.D., University of Chicago, and president, International Mesothelioma Interest Group; Richard Lemen, Ph.D., MSPH, former Assistant Surgeon General; Terry Lynch, International Vice President, Insulators Union; The Honorable Patrick Martin, member, Canadian Parliament; Linda Reinstein, executive director and co-founder, ADAO; Kimberly Rowse, RN, Center for Asbestos Related Disease; Jordan Summer, musician; James Webber, Ph.D., research scientist, Wadsworth Center; Jordan Zevon, ADAO national spokesman and musician.”