Newswise — WASHINGTON—The Endocrine Society will host its largest-ever online meeting in June to ensure endocrine researchers and clinicians continue to have access to the latest scientific information, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

ENDO Online 2020 will feature a mixture of on-demand and live programming for both clinical and research audiences. The event will take place from June 8-22.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced last month’s cancellation of ENDO 2020, the Society’s annual meeting, the Society’s leadership has decided to offer complimentary registration for this year’s event to health care providers who may treat and scientists who investigate endocrine conditions.

“We recognize that many of the members of our field have been mobilized and are actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we also acknowledge that many have had to close their offices and labs,” said Society President E. Dale Abel, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa. “We have received feedback that many endocrine investigators, clinicians and trainees have indicated their desire to continue to advance their clinical knowledge and to be exposed to emerging science. We are proud to support them by virtually delivering the content they need during this challenging period.”

ENDO Online 2020 will feature:

  • on-demand sessions focused on clinical topics,
  • live programming dedicated to basic science,
  • continuing medical education sessions,
  • programming for early career professionals, and
  • a digital exhibit hall where endocrine scientists and researchers can access resources and set up appointments to chat with exhibitors.

ENDO 2020 was slated to draw 9,500 people to San Francisco, Calif., in late March. The cancellation marks only the third time in the Society’s 104-year history, that ENDO was not held. The other two cancellations occurred during World War II.

COVID-19 resources for endocrine scientists and clinicians as well as the general public are available on the Society’s websites.

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