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American Academy of Neurology cancels annual meeting amid COVID-19 pandemic


 

The American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting, scheduled for April 25-May 1, 2020, in Toronto has become the latest medical conference casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members, attendees, and ultimately our neurology patients is paramount, and serves as the reason for our decision to cancel the AAN annual meeting for the first time in our 72-year history,” AAN President James Stevens, MD, said in a statement. “Put simply, canceling the AAN annual meeting is the right thing to do during this historic time.”

Dr. Stevens added that it is “important to keep our members in their communities – where you stand by to help patients during this time of uncertainty. We also have a professional responsibility to model social distancing and not contribute to the spread of the virus through a large public gathering.”

AAN said it is currently processing full registration fee refunds for those who had registered to attend. Information for exhibitors and sponsors will be forthcoming.

As for missed CME opportunities related to attending the annual meeting, AAN will provide different educational opportunities throughout the remainder of 2020.

Further questions should be directed via email to [email protected]. Additional information related to the cancellation will be posted to the AAN website and via social media.

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