Brisbane to host global mesothelioma conference in 2020
Taking place in from 25-28 March 2020 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), iMig will attract more than 500 influential surgeons, respiratory researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals from around the world.
Secured by a partnership consisting of Brisbane Marketing, Tourism and Events Queensland and BCEC, the conference will focus on ground-breaking efforts to understand, cure and prevent mesothelioma – a tumour of the tissue lining the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs.
BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said mesothelioma was a strategic health issue with Australia recording one of the highest rates of the disease in the world.
“Hosting this conference puts the spotlight on the critical ground-breaking research happening right here in Brisbane,” he said.
“The Centre was honored to work and support the bid to secure this conference for Australia and Brisbane and we look forward to hosting the world’s leading researchers and health professionals working with this very aggressive and rare cancer that affects so many Australians.”
PA Research Foundation Professor Ken O’Byrne said bringing iMig to Brisbane would help facilitate the foundation’s research to develop better diagnoses, treatments and preventions for Australia’s biggest health challenges.
“The delegates of iMig are committed to reducing human suffering and enhancing quality of life, and we are proud to have supported the bid to bring the conference to Brisbane, which is home to groundbreaking research to overcome some of the most challenging health problems facing the world,” O’Byrne said.
“We hope by fostering communication between delegates at iMig, we can progress this vital work.”