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2020 ARS Annual Meeting - Cancelled

Friday, March 13, 2020  
Posted by: American Radium Society
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Dear Friend,


The American Radium Society (ARS) Executive Committee has made the difficult decision, after careful consideration and comprehensive evaluation of currently available information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to reschedule the ARS 2020 Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for May 16-19, 2020 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona.


The ARS has been closely monitoring the rapidly increasing domestic and worldwide developments during the last several weeks related to COVID-19. This 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 issued by U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies; and the counsel of infectious disease experts. It is clear that all of these elements significantly affect the ability of attendees, speakers, presenters of proffered papers, and exhibitors to participate fully in the Annual Meeting.


The health, safety, and security of all Annual Meeting attendees and the patients and communities they serve are the ARS’s highest priorities. While we believe that the decision to postpone the meeting is absolutely the correct one to safeguard our meeting participants from further potential exposure to the coronavirus, we also understand that this is disappointing. We recognize that the presentation of new data, exchange of information, and opportunities for collaboration offered by the ARS Annual Meeting are highly valued by the entire oncology community.


We thank all of you for your patience and support at this time. Additional information regarding hotel reservation cancellations, registration refunds, and meeting logistics will be available soon on the FAQ page on the ARS website. We will announce the dates of the rescheduled ARS 2020 Annual Meeting as soon as they are confirmed.Please know that we are planning to have our ARS meeting later this calendar year and there will be the option to roll over registrations and to come and be part of this exciting meeting. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone impacted by this global health crisis.






Benjamin Movsas, MD


American Radium Society




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