2020 CONGRESS OF THE SCHIZOPHRENIA INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SOCIETY CANCELLATION STATEMENT
SIRS attendees come from all over the world. Over the last two weeks, SIRS leadership learned that many institutions have placed both international and domestic travel bans on their employees for non-essential travel, inclusive of conferences. Italy has recently issued a declaration that all congresses, meetings and social events that involve health professionals are suspended until 3 April, and we need to anticipate that this declaration may be extended beyond 3 April. Similarly, major air carriers are suspending flights to the region (inbound) and several countries where our attendees are located have suspended travel out of their country (outbound). The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also issued a travel alert to avoid all non-essential travel to the region where the congress was to be held. On 9 March, authorities in Italy placed the entire country under quarantine. All of these actions are a direct result of the epidemic of COVID-19. It is clear that it would be an unacceptable risk to bring over 1500 members of the health care community together in Florence, Italy.
- An update will be sent once a final decision regarding postponement or cancellation is made.
- If you made your housing reservation through SIRS Italian Organizers, AIM Group, your hotel reservation will be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund for your hotel arrangements.
- If you made a group reservation through SIRS Italian Organizers, AIM Group, please contact to email@example.com to cancel your reservations by 15 March.
The Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) was founded in 2005 with the goal of bringing together scientists from around the world to exchange the latest advances in biological and psychosocial research in schizophrenia. The Society is dedicated to facilitating international collaboration to discover the causes of, and better treatments for, schizophrenia and related disorders. Part of the mission of the Society is to promote educational programs about the latest findings in schizophrenia research, to effectively disseminate them worldwide, and to expedite the publication of new research.
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SIRS is soliciting donations for a Research Award to be given to a SIRS member that will directly go toward the costs of funding and starting-up of a research project that aims to test a novel hypothesis about schizophrenia, its causes or treatments. For example, one might donate to this Research Award fund in honor of a colleague who has passed away, as part of one’s annual charitable donations, or bequeath funds to SIRS from one’s estate. Please note that your donation is for the SIRS Research Award on your check or electronic submission.