Asbestos Disease Research Institute – Australia has the world’s highest incidence of malignant mesothelioma per capita, with more than 600 new cases diagnosed each year, which is due to the widespread use of the known carcinogen, asbestos.

As a response to the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in Australia, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), was opened in January 2009 by the then Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd. The ADRI was established by the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ADRF), a charitable, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to assist and support the research efforts of ADRI into asbestos-related diseases.

The ADRI’s research is focused on basic, clinical and epidemiological aspects of asbestos-related diseases. New insight will be translated into more effective ways of prevention, better, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and novel treatment approaches.