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Mesothelioma Regional Conference: Chicago

Mesothelioma Conference in Chicago

October 10, 2014
9:30 AM
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, IL

The 2014 Chicago Regional Conference on Malignant Mesothelioma will take place on October 10, 2014 at the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603. Registration will begin at 8:30AM in the Monroe Room and the conference will begin at 9:30AM.


Registration & Breakfast

Monroe Room


Morning Sessions Begins

Monroe Room


10 Minute Break

Monroe Room



Adams Room


Afternoon Sessions Begin

Monroe Room


Cocktail Reception

Adams Room

View the full agenda here.

There is no dress code for this conference, and we encourage you to dress comfortably. You may want to check the weather for the day when deciding what to wear. The forecast is currently calling for a partly cloudy day with a high of 56 degrees and a low of 47 degrees.

The 2014 Chicago Regional Conference on Malignant Mesothelioma is a one-day event geared to patients and family members, covering a variety of topics related to mesothelioma and presented by local and regional area experts. The conference is a collaborative effort between the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and The University of Chicago Medicine.

The conference is geared towards patients (newly diagnosed or those looking to learn about second-line and beyond treatment options), caregivers, family members, general health practitioners, and anyone wishing to learn more about mesothelioma. Topics of discussion include imaging, genetics, surgery, chemotherapy, novel treatments, stem cells, immunotherapy, and resources for patients and families.

The location of the conference is the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603. The event will begin at 9:30am and conclude with a cocktail reception at 5pm. The registration cost is $25, and includes breakfast and lunch.

Given the wide geographic area covered, we realize that many will require hotel accomodations. Currently, the Palmer House Hilton is one of the least expensive hotels in downtown Chicago during the conference, but if you would like to search for other hotels/pricing, we advise that you use a service such as www.hotels.com or www.expedia.com. Another option is to use the www.airbnb.com service.


Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN-BC, is a nurse practitioner with over 16 years of experience in mesothelioma treatment. She is an expert in clinical trials for mesothelioma and her work has been published in a variety of scientific journals. Ms. Hesdorffer serves as the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Hedy Lee Kindler, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, is the Director of the mesothelioma and Gastrointestinal Oncology Programs at the University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Kindler is an internationally recognized cancer expert who specializes in the medical management of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma. Her research focuses on the investigation of novel agents for mesothelioma, and she designs and leads many innovative clinical trials for this disease.


Richard Alexander, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center
Samuel Armato, PhD, The University of Chicago Medicine
Jane Churpek, MD, The University of Chicago Medicine
Faris Farassati, PhD, PharmD, University of Kansas Medical Center
Jason Foster, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mary Hesdorffer, APRN, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Hedy Kindler, MD, The University of Chicago Medicine
Melinda Kotzian, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Lee Krug, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Ravi Salgia, MD, The University of Chicago Medicine
James Stevenson, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Christopher Straus, MD, The University of Chicago Medicine
David Sugarbaker, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
Kiran Turaga, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, The University of Chicago Medicine