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Find the Answer, Be the AnswerThe Meso Foundation's International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma is the Foundation's annual conference 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.

While we prepare for 2018, take a look back at our 2017 Symposium!

The 2017 Symposium took place on March 27-29 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to science and treatment sessions for general attendees, the 2017 Symposium included a two-day special session for scientists and medical professionals. Mesothelioma experts from around the world came together to share their work and find collaboration opportunities in an effort to speed up mesothelioma advances.

Symposium attendees took part in two full days of sessions on topics including mesothelioma treatments, screening, immunotherapy, surgery, clinical trials, pain management, support groups, getting involved, and more. The Meso Foundation's Awards Dinner offered attendees the opportunity to recognize and honor award recipients, and the Community Dinner was a night of socializing and dancing to the Meso Fighters Band. The third day of the Symposium was Advocacy Day, during which participants traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with representatives to advocate in person for a mesothelioma patient registry and federal funding for mesothelioma research.

Click here to read more about updates in mesothelioma research and treatment discussed at the 2017 Symposium.


During the Symposium, we provided a live stream of conference sessions. The videos of these sessions are now available for you to watch:

Click here to watch sessions from Day 1.
Click here to watch sessions from Day 2.

The Meso Foundation's Awards Dinner was held during the 2017 Symposium, and the following awards were presented:

Bruce Vento Hope-Builder Award
Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD, University of Colorado, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Pioneer Award
Anna Nowak, MD, PhD, University of Western Australia

Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN

Klaus Brauch Above and Beyond Award
Diana Stewart, Patricia Dyhrman, and Pat Hatley

Special Honorees
Lee Krug, MD, Ted Lackner, and Terry Lynch

Symposium Archives

Looking back at the 2015 Symposium

Looking back at the 2014 Symposium

Watch the 2014 Symposium presentations

View 2014 Symposium photos

Watch the 2013 Symposium presentations

Watch the 2012 Symposium presentations

View photos from 2012 Symposium

View materials from 2008-2011

Symposium Blogs

2014 Symposium Recap

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