Dear SVU Members and stakeholders:
Today, after two months of monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) has come to the difficult but necessary decision to officially cancel the SVU 2020 Annual Conference, originally scheduled to be held August 6th – 8th, 2020 in New Orleans, LA.
This decision did not come lightly. While we initially hoped that the pandemic would be resolved by August, it has become increasingly clear that this outcome is unlikely. Therefore, SVU cannot in good conscience hold an in-person meeting at this time. The health and safety of our attendees, faculty, guests, and staff are of the upmost importance, and there is still too much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic for us to go forward with the Annual Conference.
In lieu of an in-person meeting, SVU is planning an exciting virtual conference. We will make a formal announcement once those plans are finalized in a few weeks. All Annual Conference registrants and exhibitors will be given the opportunity to either apply their payments towards virtual conference registration or receive a full refund. Individuals who submitted Abstracts for the Annual Conference will be notified of their status and details for presentations by email in the next few weeks.
SVU thanks you, our wonderful members, for your contributions on the front lines of this terrible pandemic, and for your patience and understanding at this time as we plan our first virtual conference.
James Wilkinson, MA CAE