AACR seeks to reschedule annual meeting amid COVID-19 outbreak

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announced that its annual meeting will not be held as originally scheduled on April 24 to 29 in San Diego, CA due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The association noted that a "rescheduled meeting is being planned for later this year."

According to the AACR, "this evidence-based decision was made after a thorough review and discussion of all factors…including the US government's enforcement of restrictions on international travellers to enter the US; the imposition of travel restrictions issued by US government agencies, cancer centres, academic institutions and pharmaceutical and biotech companies; and the counsel of infectious disease experts."

Meanwhile, the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) said that it will cancel the on-site part of its annual congress and instead prepare for a "complete online" meeting. The conference was scheduled to be held from April 18 to 21 in Paris, with the organisers' decision based, in part, on the French authorities' recent decision to ban public gatherings.

Further, the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) has decided to postpone the European Congress of Psychiatry until July. The meeting was scheduled to take place from March 28 to 31 in Madrid. The EPA cited a decision by the Spanish Minister of Health to suspend all congresses, conferences and seminars in Spain involving healthcare professionals.

Other conferences that have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak include:

Conferences that will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 outbreak include:

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