ENAR leadership has continued to monitor the growing COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and globally each day. Many countries, agencies, and institutions have now banned travel. Because of increasing concerns that travel to a large group gathering like the ENAR Spring Meeting is not advisable from a personal and public health perspective, the ENAR leadership has come to the difficult decision that the 2020 Spring Meeting will be virtual.
At this point, we are not providing refunds. Please see the financial implications section below. We may revise this policy after the ENAR Spring Meeting ends, once we are better able to assess the complete picture of all financial implications.
The ENAR leadership and staff are actively transforming the face-to-face meeting to a virtual program. We ask for your patience and understanding as we work through very difficult logistical issues in creating a virtual program in a very short timeframe. There are many uncertainties and unknowns as we balance the need to act responsibly in the face of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, while doing our best to protect the integrity and safety of the biostatistics community. We thank you for your continued support.
What cancelling or postponing the 2020 Spring Meeting would have meant financially for ENAR:
As is the case for many of you, the ENAR leadership attends the Spring Meeting for reasons beyond its scientific program. Unfortunately, ENAR's conference insurance does not cover cancellations due to infectious diseases, and as such, ENAR is obligated to pay all the costs associated with conducting the meeting in Nashville (e.g., the hotel room block). Postponing the meeting would still be considered a cancellation financially. Additionally, not knowing when the outbreak will settle down, makes it impossible to know when to reschedule an in-person event. As a result, fully cancelling the meeting and refunding registration fees would have been untenable financially for ENAR, likely leading to bankruptcy. Although no virtual platform can replicate the community atmosphere we experience during the Spring Meeting, we hope that holding a virtual meeting will make future meetings possible by keeping ENAR financially viable.
Take advantage of the scientific program which will cover a wide range of topics of great interest to both researchers and practitioners, such as, data sciences (big data), genomics, clinical trials, neuroimaging, biomarkers, health policy, electronic health records, ecology, and epidemiology.
The ENAR Spring Meeting offers a superb program of short courses, tutorials and roundtables. Presented by well-known experts from academia, government, and industry, the short courses and tutorials will cover a variety of topics including: Bayesian methods in drug development, personalized medicine trial designs, analysis of brain imaging data, data sciences and high performance statistical computing, early phase clinical trials, statistical leadership and influence, graphics for clinical trial data, and software applications for group sequential and adaptive designs, Bayesian modeling and analysis, and multiplicity problems.
Meet new friends and reconnect with colleagues during the ENAR Spring Meeting!