March 24, 2020

COVID-19: Largest global cancer meeting goes virtual as pandemic continues

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announced that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, its annual meeting will not be held as planned as a physical conference. Instead, the meeting, which was scheduled to be held from May 29 to June 2 in Chicago, IL, will be delivered in a virtual format, with abstracts also published online and in the Journal of Clinical Oncology as per usual.

ASCO said "while we recognise that our face-to-face meeting…is ideal for sharing the best science and optimal approaches to patient care, we will unite as a global community to meet these unprecedented challenges and address the acute clinical care issues."

The decision comes shortly after the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) said that it will now cancel its annual meeting, having previously announced that the conference would be moved to an online delivery platform. ECCMID noted that the move to fully cancel the meeting "was made with consideration of feedback received from registered participants, faculty members, service providers and sponsors."

Meanwhile, Digestive Disease Week (DDW), which was scheduled to be held from May 2 to 5 in Chicago, has also been cancelled, with the organisers "exploring options for virtual education."

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

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

Conferences that have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak include:

SOURCE: ASCO; ECCMID; DDW
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