On Tuesday 22nd November the ADRI presented lunch time information sessions to Concord Hospital staff not only to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos but to also inform them of the latest treatment options for mesothelioma and research into asbestos-related diseases at ADRI.
The information sessions were presented by Professor Nico van Zandwijk, Dr Anthony Linton and Associate Professor Glen Reid.
Attendees were rewarded with a special Asbestos Awareness cupcake and a take home brochure.
‘Get to kNOw Asbestos this November’ The Asbestos Awareness Campaign aims to educate Australian about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.
With asbestos-related diseases continuing to increase among Australians as a direct result of exposure to asbestos fires during home renovations and maintenance, the importance of raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos and how best to manage it in and around homes, cannot be overstated!
Professor Nico van Zandwijk was invited by the Asbestos Disease Support Society (adss) to present at the 2016 Symposium on Asbestos related diseases Here and Now in Brisbane on the 19th October 2016. Professor van Zandwijk spoke about the latest developments in mesothelioma treatment and research to audience of 200. Professor van Zandwijk was presented a plaque in recognition of his support for the adss.
The Board of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ADRF) is pleased to announce that Prof Ken Takahashi has been appointed as the new ADRI Director. He will take over from Prof Nico van Zandwijk – the Institute’s inaugural Director who has held the position since 2008 – in February of 2017.
Ken Takahashi is Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH), Japan. Ken graduated the School of Medicine, Keio University in 1983 (MD), and after completing a 2-year residency in surgery, received PhD from UOEH and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh. He engages in epidemiologic research of occupational diseases, with special interest on occupational lung diseases, and asbestos-related diseases in particular. He served as consultant/advisor to the WHO and ILO on a number of occasions, examiner/advisor to academic institutes in several Asian countries, (former) Board Member of the International Commission of Occupational Health and (former) President of the Asian Association for Occupational Health. He currently serves as the WHO Expert on Chemical Safety/Environmental Epidemiology (International Health Regulations) and is Fellow and Executive Council Member of the Collegium Ramazzini. He received the Jorma Rantanen Award from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in 2011 and the Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (NGO in USA) in 2014.
The ADRF Board and Staff at ADRI look forward to welcoming Ken in the new year, and to the next phase in ADRI’s ongoing efforts to improve the outlook for people affected by asbestos-related diseases.
ADRI scientists and collaborators have published a special report on the clinical development of their microRNA-based treatment for mesothelioma. This report describes microRNA replacement therapy for cancer and the concept behind TargomiRs in the MesomiR-1 trial. It appears in the journal Epigenomics and can be found here