It is with a heavy heart, that we announce that ISGIDAR will be canceled this year due to COVID-19. It appears increasingly unlikely that the CPDD conference will be held in person, though a virtual forum will be offered. The ISGIDAR Executive Committee had extensive discussions about the possibility of conducting our meeting virtually as well, and carefully weighed the pros and cons of this strategy. Ultimately, we determined that there were too many cons. We, and the previous leaders of our organization, have strived to make ISGIDAR a positive and informative experience. We were concerned about maintaining the quality of our meeting in a virtual format, especially given the fatigue that many of us are experiencing from frequent and ongoing virtual engagement. In addition, we felt that, during this public health crisis, it was more important that our members be able to use that time to focus on the health and well-being of themselves and their loved ones.
On a positive note, we want to congratulate Michelle Doyle, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health San Antonio, who is the winner of the ISGIDAR travel award. Michelle will receive $500 in professional development funds and has been invited to present her research at next year’s meeting, along with next year’s winner. We are also planning to offer two William Woolverton Memorial travel awards in 2021. Thanks again to the donors who make these awards possible and help support our organization’s operating expenses.
We are disappointed that we will not be able to come together in person to enjoy the scholarship and friendship that our annual meeting offers, but appreciate the continued involvement and support of our members and look forward to seeing everyone at ISGIDAR 2021!
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