ASN * American Society for Neurochemistry
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Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact

March 18, 2020

American Society for Neurochemistry has made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming ASN 2020 meeting scheduled for April 18-22, 2020 in St. Charles, MO.

This is a trying time for everyone and the most important concern is that we take care of each other as well as ourselves during this crisis. Our ASN community has always been a family and I encourage you to contact each other to check in and maybe talk science also to keep us all grounded! Importantly, check in on your neighbors and local community groups to see who needs help.

I thank you for your patience while we worked through the challenges and disruption of our ASN 2020 Annual Meeting. Now that it is officially cancelled, we would like to update you on registrations, refunds and abstracts. All the relevant information is listed below. I would like to extend an enormous thank you to all the officers (past, present and future) and to Sheilah Jewart and Karen Gottlieb for time and numerous thoughtful conference calls to work out how to proceed for 2020 and future meetings that would be best for our members and, thus, the society.

What Happens Next?

REGISTRATION

Registered ASN 2020 attendees have the option of either transferring your registration to the ASN 2021 meeting or requesting a full refund.

If you transfer your registration to ASN 2021, you do not need to take any action.  After June 1, all ASN 2020 registrations that have not been cancelled in our system will automatically roll over to the 2021 meeting at the current member or non-member rate. You do not need to contact anyone at ASN to initiate this process. 

If you prefer a refund, your online request must be received by May 30, using the online form. Once your registration cancellation is processed, you will receive a confirmation of the refund via separate email.  Request a refund

ABSTRACTS

Abstracts submitted for ASN 2020 will automatically roll over with your registration to the ASN 2021 meeting, if you did not cancel your registration by May 30. You will have until the abstract deadline of November 30, 2020 to update or withdraw your abstract.

HOTEL

Please be sure to cancel your hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites St. Charles, as ASN is not allowed to cancel personal reservations on behalf of our attendees.

ASN 2021

Mark your calendar now for March 20-24, 2021 being held in beautiful Roanoke, VA.  

Join Michael Fox, Host Chair, and Arturo Ortega, Scientific Program Chair, and your colleagues for an exciting annual meeting and our highly anticipated ASN 50th anniversary celebration!

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March 15, 2020

Please be sure to cancel your hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites St. Charles, as ASN is not allowed to cancel personal reservations on behalf of our attendees.

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March 11, 2020

ASN Announces Postponement of the ASN 2020 Annual Meeting Due to Continuing Spread of COVID-19 and Growing Concerns over the Health and Well-Being of Participants: Cancellation Deemed to be the Most Responsible Action at This Time.

After careful consideration, the leadership of the American Society for Neurochemistry has made the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming ASN 2020 meeting scheduled for April 18-22, 2020 in St. Charles, MO.

We deeply regret any inconvenience caused by cancellation of the ASN meeting and we share your disappointment, but we believe this is the most responsible course of action to protect the health and well-being of attendees and the communities they serve, presenters, exhibitors, staff, vendors and all those engaged in the conference.

The American Society for Neurochemistry has been continuously monitoring the latest information from the CDC, WHO and DOS on the spread of the COVID-19. In addition to restrictions on international and domestic travel, ASN leadership had become aware over the last 48 hours of a rapidly increasing number of travel bans being imposed on employees by Universities, healthcare institutions and companies across the US, along with rising concerns that travel to large group gatherings is not judicious from a public and personal health perspective.

We are actively working with the hotel and convention center to reschedule the meeting.

ASN asks for your understanding and patience as we work through the complex and immense logistics of this extraordinary and difficult circumstance. We ask you to please not call or email the ASN at this time while details are sorted out and decisions are made.

Note – If you booked your hotel through ASN’s official portal on our website, ASN will be notifying them of the status and they will be sending cancellation confirmations to all attendees and exhibitors with reservations.  **March 15-you must contact the hotel directly to cancel**

Please continue to check this page for updates as they become available.

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