2020 Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting

CANCELLED: 2020 Midwest Clinical and Translational Research Meeting

Information updated: March 11, 2020 — Based on recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with travel restrictions coming from institutions of our members and attendees, the leaders of CSCTR and MWAFMR decidedto cancel the 2020 meeting, April 2-3 in Chicago. Full refund of Registration fee will be automatically processed (expect 4-6 weeks processing time) and accepted abstracts will be published in the June issue of the Journal of Investigative Medicine.

Information updated: March 10, 2020 — The 2020 Midwest Clinical and Translational Research Meeting of CSCTR and MWAFMR is cancelled.  Registrants and speakers will be notified March 11 with details.

Information provided from Chicago Department of Public Health: March 8, 2020 — At this time, there is no recommendation in Chicago to cancel mass gatherings or public events.

Information updated: March 5, 2020 — The Midwest Clinical and Translational Research Meeting of CSCTR and MWAFMR will take place as planned April 2–3, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois, and the CSCTR and MWAFMR are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of attendees in light of concerns about COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. 

We are closely monitoring developments and staying abreast of updates from health organizations responsible for tracking and responding to the virus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).  We want to assure anyone planning to attend the CSCTR International Conference that their health, safety, and security is our top priority.

How we are preparing
While the CDC notes that immediate risk from COVID-19 is low, the CSCTR and MWAFMR are prepared to rapidly respond to any issues that arise during the Conference and provide assistance to all attendees.  We are taking the following to actions to prepare:

  • Enhancing communications — In addition to website and email notification, CSCTR and MWAFMR will communicate any change in status of the Conference through push notifications for all attendees who download the CSCTR’s Conference app (soon to be available).
  • Adding hand-sanitizing stations throughout our meeting space at Holiday Inn. 
  • Adhering to all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by the WHO, CDC, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and local health organizations, including CDC’s health care protocols for management of COVID-19 by state and local health departments updated as of January 2020 and WHO’s recently released Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the Context of the Current COVID-19 Outbreak.
  • Actively encouraging attendees to take common-sense precautions and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Following CDC recommendations and protocols for heightened cleanliness at event facilities. 

The CSCTR and MWAFMR are taking COVID-19 seriously and is fully engaged and prepared to host a successful Meeting in Chicago.  We encourage attendees to monitor the CDC website for additional information and follow the WHO’s Travel Advice as they consider their travel arrangements to the Meeting, as well as its recommendations for protecting themselves from an infection.   In addition, we are closely monitoring all travel alerts issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.   

We will continue to update you via the websites of CSCTR and MWAFMR, email, and social media.   If you have any questions or need further information, please contact CSCTR at (414) 273-2209 or info@csctr.org and MWAFMR at (978) 927-8330.

Additional resources
World Health Organization (Twitter @WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Twitter @CDCgov)
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (Twitter @ECDC_EU)
Illinois Department of Public Health
Chicago Department of Public Health
AMA Resource Center for Physician