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MARCH 27-29, 2017 • BETHESDA, MD

Find the Answer, Be the AnswerThe 2017 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma is an event organized by the Meso Foundation in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Symposium will be held from March 27th through March 29th of 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda with daytime conference sessions taking place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Hyatt Regency Bethesda is located at One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814. We will provide shuttles between the hotel and the NIH in the morning and afternoon on March 27th and 28th. Attendees also have the option to travel between the two locations by metro (stops are convenient to both the hotel and the NIH) or by taxi. A mesothelioma Advocacy Day will be held on March 29th.

Please note that they Hyatt Regency Bethesda is sold out two of the three days of our conference. Some alternative hotels nearby include the Residence Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree, America Inn and Bethesda Court Hotel.

GENERAL PUBLIC (patients, caregivers, families, bereaved, general public)
The Symposium is geared to attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, and those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma. The Symposium provides a setting for everyone in the mesothelioma community to come together and take part in both scientific sessions and community conversations.

Register Agenda         

In addition to our science and treatment sessions for the general public, the 2017 Symposium will include a two-day special session for scientists and medical professionals. PLEASE NOTE: This session is only available for medical professionals, scientists, and researchers working within the field of mesothelioma at a medical institution. Mesothelioma experts will come together to share their work and find collaboration opportunities in an effort to speed up mesothelioma advances. The scientists and medical professionals in attendance will be available during sessions common to both groups, such as lunches and dinners, to answer any questions and to socialize. Click here to view the agenda for the exclusive scientific track.

Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts to be displayed and presented at the Symposium. The poster presentations will take place on Tuesday, March 28 between 5:30 - 7 PM. Click here for more information.

The Awards Dinner will be held at 7PM on Monday, March 27. For all conference attendees, the dinner is included with the registration fee. Tickets can also be purchased independently of conference registration. In this year’s Awards Dinner program book, the Meso Foundation is offering ad space for purchase to individuals and organizations who wish to honor the award recipients. To purchase ads, click here.

Though we would love to see everyone in person, we realize that mesothelioma patients aren't always able to travel. Patients (or anyone else interested) can learn about the latest mesothelioma treatment options by watching most Symposium presentations through our broadcast, live streamed through the internet. Connecting to the live stream is easy and free of charge. You only need a computer (tablets and smartphones will also work) and an internet connection. While watching, viewers will even be able to ask questions while at home. Tune in at on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28, 2017 starting at 9 AM ET to watch our patient/caregiver/families/bereaved conference sessions live.

All registrations (with the exception of the dinner only options) include 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners.

Conference and Dinner Registration for Patients, Caregivers, Families, Bereaved, General Public
Patients, Caregivers, Families, Bereaved (Dinners are included) $275
Government/Non-Profit/Medical - Not Attending Sessions for Scientists and Medical Professionals (Dinners are included) $475
Conference and Dinner Registration for Scientists
Medical/Academic/Scientific - Sessions for Scientists and Medical Professionals (Dinners are included) $475
Awards Dinner ONLY
Awards Dinner $125
Table of 10 $1,500
Community Dinner ONLY
Community Dinner $100
Legal Professionals
To attend please contact Maureen Devine-Ahl at or (703) 879-3823.


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During the 2012 Symposium, we had an impressive array of mesothelioma doctors on the sidelines answering any questions that couldn't be answered on stage. You can find those questions and answers, and a lot more, in our blogs:

Questions and Answers: Part 1
Questions and Answers: Part 2
A Morning on Capitol Hill