IADR, AADR cancel general session in light of coronavirus

The International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research have canceled their general session scheduled for March 18-21 in Washington, D.C., in light of the coronavirus disease outbreak.

The boards of directors of both associations, with input from the Canadian Association for Dental Research, the IADR Pan European Region and institutional, corporate and individual members, made the decision to cancel the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition "to protect public health," based on the travel bans and advisories implemented by governments and governmental agencies, institutions and corporations.

As of March 11, there were 987 cases of coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 118,326 globally, according to the World Health Organization.

Everyone who has registered for the meeting will receive a full registration refund within the next 45 days. There are currently no plans to reschedule the event, which was expected to celebrate the IADR centennial anniversary, in addition to its regular activities.

"While there will be an inevitable 'sense of loss' regarding this cancellation, over the coming weeks and months, we will explore ways to virtually celebrate all of the awards, fellowships and grants we planned to celebrate in Washington, D.C., as well as 100 years of dental, oral and craniofacial research," the IADR stated on its website.

The IADR and AADR also will make abstracts citable as part of a special online-only issue of the Journal of Dental Research.

The American Dental Association has created an informational webpage and handout for dentists on the coronavirus disease at ADA.org/virus.

For more information on the session cancellation, go to iadr.org/2020iags.