UPDATE August 3, 2020

ISDP 2020 now coming to you as a Virtual Meeting – October 21-23, 2020!

After careful consideration, the ISDP board has decided to make our 2020 meeting completely virtual. This difficult decision is based upon uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 risks related to holding an in-person gathering of any size in Washington DC/Bethesda. We are moving ahead with a virtual meeting so that we can share our science. Therefore, we highly encourage you to prepare and collaborate with colleagues for ISDP 2020 in this virtual setting. The deadline for submission of abstracts, travel awards, and nominations for society awards has been extended to August 15th (LINK). We have learned a lot from other colleagues who have prepared virtual conferences and are working on creating a meeting that will allow for interactions and discussion, which is the hallmark of ISDP. Updates will be available on our website (www.isdp.org/current/), and communications via email and social media. More details will be available by the end of August regarding the exact format and revised registration fees (which will be lower than the in-person meeting registration fees).

We look forward to your virtual participation and to the day we can meet up again safely in person!

UPDATE July 3, 2020

Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic developments, we are monitoring the situtation closely, with knowledge that despite areas beginning to reopen, COVID-19 cases are rising in many places, with several states in the U.S. and some countries continuing to experience new peaks in daily infections. We wanted to let you know that the meeting will happen. Because the ISDP 2020 is an official Satellite meeting of the SfN, we must wait to decide whether it will be virtual or in-person until SfN makes its decision.

Abstract Submission and Travel Award Application Deadline is extended to August 1, 2020.

More Details

Like you, the ISDP leadership is closely monitoring the rapid developments pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), along with public health authorities local to the Washington, D.C. area, site of ISDP 2020. We continue to work toward holding the 53rd annual meeting from October 21-23, 2020 in Bethesda. However, we know that this pandemic has not peaked in many parts of the world and we will need to remain flexible in the coming weeks. Any other changes will be available on https://isdp.org/covid-19-statement/, through the ISDP social media and by email where applicable.

We realize that groups interested in organizing a symposium are running into difficulties contacting other researchers with universities shut down and all that is going on during this difficult time. We hope that by extending the deadline to submit symposium proposals to May 1st that we will relieve some of the stress of your upturned lives.

At this time we’d like to reschedule the Abstract and Travel Award application deadline from June 1st to July 15th.

The virus that causes COVID-19, called SARS-CoV-2, shown here in an electron microscope image, can trigger severe cases of infection in some younger patients. Studying them could help scientists pinpoint genetic mutations that make people more susceptible to the disease. Credit: NIAID-RML