2020 SOBP Annual Meeting

“Variability: The Good, the Bad, and the Interesting”
SOBP President: Karen Berman, M.D., NIMH
SOBP Program Committee Chair: Judith Ford, Ph.D., University of California, San Fransisco

SOBP ANNUAL MEETING CANCELLATION STATEMENT

In response to the rapidly changing circumstances associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the SOBP Executive Council, Council and 2020 Program Committee Chair have made the decision to cancel the 2020 SOBP Annual Meeting.

In coming to this decision, SOBP leadership carefully weighed the risks to attendees and their families, colleagues, and patients. SOBP has concerns about the risk to healthcare systems given the medical profile of SOBP attendees and the consequences of potentially displacing healthcare workers during this critical time. Considering all the information available at the moment, SOBP leadership believes that cancelling the in-person conference is the responsible action to take. The health and safety of members, attendees, and the community is its top priority.

SOBP Annual Meeting attendees come from all over the world. Over the last two weeks, SOBP leadership learned that many institutions have placed both international and domestic travel bans on their employees for non-essential travel, inclusive of conferences.

Please know this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make for SOBP leadership. SOBP is a not-for-profit organization that depends heavily on its meetings to sustain its financial well-being. Cancelling the Annual Meeting has consequences not just for attendees and presenters but for the very existence of SOBP as a scientific society. Still, SOBP remains committed to its mission to advance the science and practice of biological psychiatry.

NEXT STEPS

Registration Reimbursement
Login to the SOBP Annual Meeting Website and select “Access Registration Information” from the Registration tab. Then click on “Cancel Registration” under Registration Options on the right side of the page.

Plenaries
The full slate of plenary sessions previously scheduled for 2020 will occur at the SOBP 2021 Annual Meeting. To see the full list of plenary speakers, please click here.

Posters and Late-Breaking Abstracts
Accepted posters (excluding Late-Breaking abstracts) will be published in an online publication by Elsevier. This publication will appear after the previously scheduled meeting. Poster Presenters and Late-Breaking Poster Presenters will be given the opportunity to upload e-posters which will be viewable online until the 2021 meeting in San Diego. All poster presenters are encouraged to have their e-posters uploaded to the site by April 30th.

Oral Presentations and Symposia
Accepted 2020 Oral Presentation and Symposia presenters will be published in the online publication by Elsevier. Oral & Symposia presenters will have the option to submit a virtual presentation that will be displayed on SOBP’s YouTube page over the coming months. The SOBP Executive Office will update the site and send an announcement once the virtual presentations are available.