March 9, 2020
As the outgoing President of the Society let me express my personal and heartfelt apologies for the cancellation of our planned 2020 meeting in Vancouver. The SRI Program Committee and SRI staff had assembled a truly outstanding meeting with 160 oral presentations and 677 posters, satellite sessions, symposia, and inspiring plenary speakers. The SRI leaders are actively exploring options for the presentation of your science and possibilities for a virtual meeting. Our society has outstanding, creative SRI Staff in Milwaukee and they have done a superb job in dealing with this crisis. Several options are under consideration. We will be in touch in the coming weeks about possibilities for presenting your science and interactions “in the cloud.”
The COVID-19 crisis continues to expand and worsen daily, with consequences that are life-threatening for individuals with health conditions, including diabetes and heart conditions. As this week begins, travel restrictions and limitations on large gatherings have been implemented in many countries.
Let me conclude by thanking you for your patience and understanding in this time of crisis. While I share in your disappointment, this action will help to promote the health and well-being of our membership, meeting attendees, and staff.
Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2020