Wednesday April 22, 2020
As academic and medical institutions placed travel bans on staff, cancellations from members of our External Review Committee (ERC) began to arrive in Carol Garibay's inbox . By the second week of March it was apparent that Mission Connect's Annual Review of Science, scheduled in April, would not be taking place. In rapid succession, hotel and flight reservations, catering, and room reservations were cancelled and renegotiated and more than 20 research teams scheduled to present were notified of the change.
Carol Garibay is coordinating with the ERC and scientists to gather the reports and assign and dissiminate them to specific members of the ERC. Because academic offices and labs are currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are remaining flexible on when reports are reviewed and returned. This is especially true for those members of the ERC who are practicing physicians and on the frontline of helping treat patients.