The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories Board of Directors has made the difficult decision not to proceed with the 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for April 14 – 18, 2020. This decision was made after careful consideration and comprehensive evaluation of currently available information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We would like to thank all of you who have reached out to us to provide valuable feedback regarding the conference.
As you know, ISBER has been closely monitoring the rapidly increasing domestic and worldwide developments during the last several weeks related to COVID-19. Today’s evidence-based decision was made after a thorough review and discussion of all factors impacting the Annual Meeting, including the U.S. government’s enforcement of restrictions on international travelers to enter the U.S.; the imposition of travel restrictions on employees of U.S. government agencies, cancer centers, academic institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies who are the meeting attendees; and the guidance of the CDC, WHO, other federal, state and local public authorities, and infectious disease experts. It is clear that all of these elements make it impossible to insure the safety of delegates, speakers, presenters of abstracts, and exhibitors. For these reasons, ISBER regretfully announces the cancellation of the meeting.
We are planning a series of virtual meetings for the biobanking community to discuss the implications of COVID-19 with our membership. It is our intention that these sessions will inform the next edition of the ISBER Best Practices, address the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on us all and may be included in white papers to be shared with the wider community. Please stay tuned for more details.
Please direct any questions about the cancellation of the April meeting to the ISBER office at email@example.com. We will reimburse or provide a credit for a future meeting or future ISBER activity as per your preference.
Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding.
ISBER Board of Directors
Update: March 11th, 2020
Dear ISBER Members,
On behalf of the Board of Directors (BOD) we wish to thank you for your patience as we review the concerns that have been raised by many of our members and stakeholder around the impact of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The BOD along with our Head Office staff and the Conference Chairs have been vigilantly monitoring the worldwide situation and following advice of both local and international health authorities. At all time, the health, safety and well being of our members have been paramount to guiding our discussions.
The BOD have considered a range of options for our annual meeting, which requires legal consultation and negotiations with many of our stakeholders, venues, managers, regulators, operators and accountants to determine the best steps forward. Our primary goal is to have minimal impact on our members and society moving forward. The BOD shall be meeting this week to discuss and ratify a final plan based on a full and thorough evaluation of all aspects of the situation before us. Formal notification of the Boards decision and plans will be made by week’s end and be released via email blasts and social media.
In the interim, we ask any members who need to cancel their attendance due to your employer implementing a travel ban to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, we thank you for your patience and understand the disruption the COVID-19 outbreak has caused. We value your continued support during these challenging times as we seek to wisely move as a Society through what is a very unique time for our world.
Dr. Daniel Catchpoole
Update: March 3rd, 2020
Dear ISBER Members,
After monitoring the developments and current state, the ISBER Presidents have decided to proceed with the upcoming ISBER conference in Anaheim, CA.
We are continuing to monitor developments related to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and its potential impact on the meeting. At this time, advice from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the immediate health risk to meeting attendees is low.
ISBER will continue to monitor the situation for any changes that may occur. Any changes to this status will be communicated directly to meeting registrants via email. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: email@example.com.
For the most up to date information regarding the virus, please refer to the CDC and WHO.
We look forward to seeing you April 14 to 18, 2020 in Anaheim.