Cancelled: 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
Dear AANS Members, Supporters and Friends:
As I mentioned in my last message to you, the health, safety and well-being of our attendees, faculty, speakers, exhibitors and staff is of paramount importance. Given the latest information available, the AANS Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, April 25-29.
Our leadership and professional staff have been communicating daily to discuss recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as authorities in Boston. We have also been tracking the travel policy restrictions affecting our members and attendees as many academic centers and health systems instituted travel bans or restrictions. It became clear that canceling is the right decision in order to protect the safety and well-being of meeting attendees. Furthermore, taking this action will ensure that our members, who represent a critical element of the healthcare workforce, are available to provide neurosurgical care to patients.
We want to thank the Annual Meeting Committee, Scientific Program Subcommittee, speakers, exhibitors, event partners, physician leaders and staff who worked for many months to deliver a spectacular program of education and events. The meeting was on track to break records. Advanced registration for an AANS Annual Scientific Meeting has never been higher. Record-breaking numbers of abstracts were submitted.
In the weeks ahead, we will tap into the innovative and ingenious spirit of this specialty to explore virtual options that deliver world-class education and offer CME to our members. While plans are nascent, we will keep our community apprised of our plans to deliver research, knowledge and expert insight in the weeks ahead.
Regular updates and announcements will be posted on www.aans.org and our other member communication channels.
There has only been one other year in the past 88 that did not include an AANS meeting, in 1945, at the end of WWII. Then, as now, it was more important to have neurosurgeons ready for action.
It has been a privilege to lead the AANS through this extraordinary time. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we consider the rapidly changing circumstances along with the safety and well-being of not just our meeting participants and staff, but their families, colleagues and patients.
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS
Refunds for registered attendees will begin processing on April 22, 2020, and the process will take up to 48 hours to complete. If you registered more than one individual, please be patient, you may have one processed at the beginning of the process and one at the end. Please note that if your registration required multiple payments, multiple transactions will be made for the refund.
Once your refund has been processed, your credit card should reflect the refund transaction within 7-14 business days. Again, if multiple transactions were made they most likely will not show up on the cards at the same time. This is out of the control of the AANS and CSI. Please look at your credit card(s) regularly, as this process could take 7-14 business days. The AANS and CSI cannot tell you how quickly your refund will show up on your card.
We appreciate your patience during this process during this unprecedented time. If you have a question that not addressed above, please contact the AANS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendee registrations will be canceled and refunded by the AANS.
Hotel reservations made through the AANS Housing Bureau (onPeak) will be canceled automatically.
For hotel reservations made outside the AANS Housing Bureau, you must cancel your reservation directly