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IMIG Congress 2008

The 9th Biennial Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group will take place September 24-26, 2008 in Amsterdam. This is the world’s largest medical conference devoted to medical and scientific research into the biological mechanisms which are the causes of, and treatment options for, mesothelioma and will bring together 300 of the world’s leading experts. We are pleased and proud to support this year’s IMIG Congress, just as we did for the 8th International Conference held in Chicago two years ago. This conference will feature multi-track programs devoted to mesothelioma biology, epidemiology, pathology, and various treatment modalities including radiotherapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and various surgical approaches. As sponsors, we were entitled to an exhibition table in the meeting hall, but since we will be attending to learn and not to sell anything, we have donated our exhibition space to the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization so that those wonderful groups will have space to make available materials relating to their work and a place to visit with the attendees.

One of the most interesting features of this conference will be the display and presentation of 100 or more abstracts of new research work, presented during poster sessions where blown-up abstracts are displayed on easels and partitions for viewing by the attendees. During specific times, the authors will be standing at their posters and available to discuss the contents with the attendees. Each afternoon, the senior faculty at the conference will select for discussion approximately five of these posters for a more extensive presentation. We are particularly proud that the IMIG Organizing Committee has accepted our additional financial support to sponsor two €2,000 “outstanding young investigator” awards, to be presented at these poster discussion sessions in honor of and by representatives of both the IBAS and ADAO.

In addition, we are sponsoring two €500 “best poster” awards as well. I hope to be able to post additional notes from the conference, so come back and check in with us again soon.

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