November 21, 2011 – Philadelphia asbestos attorney Benjamin Shein was recently quoted in an article about asbestos “think tanks” and their impact on mesothelioma litigation. The recent article on LegalNewline.com specifically discussed the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent international academy founded in 1982 by Irving J. Selikoff and other scientists. Irving J. Selikoff is known for his research linking inhalation of asbestos particles to mesothelioma and other diseases. His research has lead to the regulation of asbestos.
The Collegium Ramazzini is comprised of 180 internationally renowned experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health. It holds conferences attended by the world’s most important researchers including those in the field of asbestos science. Assessing present and future risks of injury and disease in the workplace and the environment, the Collegium Ramazzini focuses on identifying preventable risk factors. As a result of its research, its most recent statement called for an international ban on the mining and use of asbestos.
Pennsylvania mesothelioma attorney Benjamin Shein finds the Collegium Ramazzini to include an impressive group of environmental and occupational health medicine professionals and its yearly publication, CR Journal, helpful in cases that include the causes of mesothelioma. The work of the Collegium Ramazzini and other independent international academies, or “think tanks”, acts as a bridge between the world of scientific research and the social and political law-making worlds. Therefore, asbestos “think tanks” clearly impact mesothelioma litigation and the outcomes of asbestos trials.