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2018 Minneapolis Agenda and Speakers

Please note that agenda items and speakers are subject to change.

The Minneapolis conference begins on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM with breakfast. This is a one day conference, start to finish. We begin our informative sessions at 9:00 AM covering topics listed below. The day also consists of Q&A sessions and support groups specific to patients, caregivers, and the bereaved community. Your registration includes breakfast and lunch, as well as coffee breaks and the cocktail hour, which will be from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.

Topics: Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Surgery, Experimental Treatments (currently available clinical trials), the Future of Mesothelioma Treatment and Current Research, Managing Side-Effects and Controlling Pain, Tumor Boards (examining two cases).

Speakers: Tobias Peikert, MD - Mayo Clinic; Aaron Mansfield, MD - Mayo Clinic; Mary Hesdorffer, NP - Meso Foundation; Jacob Strand, MD - Mayo Clinic; Muaiad Kittaneh, MD - Loyola University; Jason Foster, MD - University of Nebraska; Kenneth Merrell, MD - Mayo Clinic; and Arkadiusz Dudek, MD, PhD - University of Minnesota.


8:00 - 9:00 AM Check-in & Breakfast  
9:00 - 9:15 AM Welcome from the Chairs

Tobias Peikert, MD
Mayo Clinic
Aaron Mansfield, MD
Mayo Clinic
Mary Hesdorffer, NP
Meso Foundation

9:15 - 9:25 AM

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Meso Foundation
9:25 - 9:45 AM Overview of Mesothelioma Mary Hesdorffer, NP
9:45 - 10:15 AM Palliative Care Jacob Strand, MD
Mayo Clinic
10:15 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 11:10 AM The Importance of Genetics in Mesothelioma Muaiad Kittaneh, MD
Loyola University 
11:10 - 11:40 AM Comparative Analysis Among Centers, Outcome Analysis Jason Foster, MD
University of Nebraska
11:40 - 12:00 PM Q&A Panel

Strand, Kittaneh, Foster
Moderator: Hesdorffer

12:00 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 - 1:45 PM Managing Disease and Treatment-Related Toxicities Tobias Peikert, MD
Mayo Clinic
1:45 - 2:15 PM Radiation Therapy  Kenneth Merrell, MD
Mayo Clinic
2:15 - 2:45 PM Novel Strategies for Treatment of Mesothelioma
After Failure of Front Line Therapy

Arkadiusz Dudek, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota

2:45 - 3:15 PM Strategies for Newly Diagnosed Mesothelioma
and Clinical Trial Updates
Aaron Mansfield, MD
Mayo Clinic
3:15 - 3:30 PM  Q&A Panel Peikert, Merrell, Dudek & Mansfield
Moderator: Hesdorffer
3:30 - 3:45 PM  Break   
3:45 - 4:15 PM  The Mesothelioma Community Landscape   
4:15 - 5:00 PM  Community Forum   
5:00 - 6:00 PM  Cocktail Hour   

Click here to register for the Minneapolis Symposium.