Peter W. Macfarlane
I regret to inform you that the 2020 ISCE Annual Conference, scheduled for April 29 to May 3 at the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California has been cancelled due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
ISCE leadership has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19, as well as listening to advice from the various health organizations and our management company regarding a) risks associated with international conferences like ours and b) other concerns about meetings in enclosed spaces.
The decision to cancel the conference was based on concern for the health and well-being of our registrants and other ISCE guests not to mention the fact that restrictions on travel, imposed both by institutions and companies were appearing last week. As this situation continued to evolve and increased travel curtailment has been realized, ISCE leadership cannot, in good conscience, move forward with the 2020 ISCE Annual Conference. Simply put, it has become abundantly clear that it is impossible to hold the Annual Conference
The next ISCE Annual Conference will be held in Tucson, Arizona at the Omni Tucson National Resort over the dates of April 21-25, 2021. It is possible that any air tickets purchased for the 2020 meeting could be exchanged for travel to Tucson as the 2021 conference will be within 365 days of the 2020 meeting dates. Please check with your air carrier or travel agent. For those of you who have already registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your registration fee for the meeting will be refunded in full. Please allow at least 30 days for us to complete the refund. For presenters and those who submitted abstracts, we will email a separate notice regarding those issues if any action is required
It may be relevant to remind you that it is possible to take out an annual membership of ISCE for $125 in return for which you will receive an electronic and paper copy of the Journal of Electrocardiology. Please see www.isce.org If you currently receive the Journal, delivery will stop at some point in the near future.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ISCE Headquarters via email and we will respond appropriately.
Thank you for your understanding in these challenging times. We look forward to a swift end to the pandemic, and seeing you next year in Tucson, Arizona for the 2021 Annual Conference. Above all, I hope you can avoid being caught by the virus.