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Global Perspectives in Malignant Mesothelioma

Luciano Mutti, Vercelli Hospital, Italy

Luciano Mutti gained his medical degree in 1982 from Genoa University, Italy. He holds a speciality in Respiratory Medicine from University of Genoa and a PhD in Oncology from University of Turin, Italy. Currently, Dr Mutti is Chief of the Department of General Medicine and Director of the Lab of Clinical Oncology in Vercelli Hospital, Italy. He is also filling the position ad interim of Consultant in Oncology at Royal Marsden in London.  He is the current President of the Italian Group for the study of Mesothelioma (G.I.Me), Italian Director of the IMIG Borad (International Mesothelioma Interest Group) and Director of the scientific committee of the Buzzi Foundation for the research on Mesothelioma. He has published over 100 papers on preclinical and clinical studies on Mesothelioma and with his group has been developing novel approaches to the treatment of this tumor.

Liz Darlison, NP, Mesothelioma UK

Liz trained at Charles Frears School of Nursing in Leicester qualifying in 1986. Since 1992 she has been based within the cardio-respiratory directorate of the University Hospitals of Leicester at the Glenfield Hospital site. Liz was a ward sister/manager in respiratory for several years and in June 2000 she took up the post of Respiratory Nurse Specialist (Lung Cancer). Liz’s interests within lung cancer have always focused on developing the nursing contribution, within the multidisciplinary team, to improve patient and carer experience across the whole cancer pathway.

To meet demand locally and nationally Liz developed an interest in Mesothelioma which resulted in the establishment of Mesothelioma UK, the National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre. Liz is currently a Consultant Nurse and clinical lead for Mesothelioma UK which has established itself as an essential part of the UK Mesothelioma landscape; a centre of excellence providing mesothelioma information, support and education. 

In recognition of Mesothelioma UK’s early success in 2007 Liz was awarded the Nursing Times Cancer Nurse Leader of the Year Award sponsored by the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Liz is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the DeMontfort University and a module leader at the Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation. Liz is a committee member of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses and the British Thoracic Oncology Group. She represents nursing on a variety of national and professional committees and is proud to be a founding member of the International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum.

Eudice Goldberg, MD, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto

Eudice Goldberg is a pediatrician at The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada and was Division Chief prior to becoming Program Director. She is also Chair of the Exam Board in Adolescent Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. However, for purposes of this meeting, she is here not as a pediatrician, but as a director and co-founder of the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation. Having lost her partner to peritoneal mesothelioma, she and one of her sons, Michael Konviser, founded the CMF in 2008. The major mandates of the Foundation are to provide support and education to patients, families and others in Canada affected by mesothelioma, as well as to help support educational activities for physicians and other health care professionals in Canada in the area of mesothelioma.  

Steven E. Mutsaers, MD, PhD, University of Western Australia

Dr. Mutsaers is a Senior Scientist and Research Group Leader at the Lung Institute of Western Australia and University of Western Australia and Laboratory Head in the Dept of Anatomical Pathology, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA. Dr. Mutsaers has an international reputation in mesothelial cell biology and mesothelioma having worked in the field for over 20 years, and is the Secretary of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group. He is on the committee of several scientific societies and is an international advisor on the International Pleural Newsletter. He receives regular invitations to chair sessions and present his work at national and international scientific meetings and has collaborations in leading laboratories around the world.


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