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