Using a multidisciplinary approach to combat the burden of asbestos-related disease
An update from the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute
Australia was the world’s highest per capita consumer of asbestos in the previous century. As such, it is considered to be a sentinel site for observing, over time, the deleterious human health, environmental, economic and social effects associated with high levels asbestos exposure.1 The increasing awareness of the dangers of asbestos among asbestos workers in Australia and the public request for disease-oriented research resulted in the establishment in 2009 of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), housed in the Bernie Banton Centre on the campus of the Concord Clinical School in Sydney.
The ADRI’s most important mission is to improve the grim outlook for patients with asbestos-related diseases. It was decided early on to adopt a multidisciplinary approach with the development of a research program concentrating on epidemiology and prevention of asbestos-related diseases; drafting guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM); and establishment of a biobank for research into the biology of mesothelioma, to support the search for novel treatment approaches.
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