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|Updates Regarding COVID-19|
Updated: March 18, 2020
SPR Note from President Bruce Bartholow Regarding 2020 Annual Meeting Contingency Planning (March 17, 2020)
Dear SPR Colleagues,
The current COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant disruption in all aspects of our lives, and there is tremendous anxiety and uncertainty at present regarding what will happen in the coming weeks and months. I hope you are all finding creative ways to negotiate the situation and keep yourselves safe and healthy.
I am writing to let you know that, as of now, SPR is still planning to go ahead with our annual meeting this fall (Oct. 7-11 in Vancouver, BC). That said, the SPR Officers and Chair of the 2020 Program Committee will be meeting very soon to discuss the evolving situation and start planning for various contingencies in the event that the meeting cannot go ahead as planned. There are already plans in place to permit some symposium speakers to participate remotely if individual members are not able to travel to the conference. If the in-person meeting must be cancelled altogether, we will be looking into ways to conduct the meeting online.
For now, I wish each of you and your families safety and health as we continue dealing with this unprecedented situation, and ask for your patience as SPR determines the proper course of action for this year’s annual meeting. I will, of course, provide updates on the situation as I have them.
SPR Note From the Board of Directors Regarding Psychophysiological Research Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak (March 17, 2020)
Dear SPR Members,
During this time of uncertainty, stress, and daily transitions, we want to reach out to address what many of us might still be grappling with – whether to continue our research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most, if not all, of us are in unique research situations that require us to conduct in-person visits that involve close contact.
Of course, SPR respects every researcher’s individual circumstance and decisions. SPR is not issuing any mandates regarding research practices of its membership. However, given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage SPR members to minimize or halt non-essential research. This will obviously be more difficult for essential research and research directly addressing COVID-19. In general, SPR urges its members to follow social distancing recommendations issued by the CDC and WHO, your local institutions, and other governing bodies in your area.
Our thoughts are with you and we wish you well during these difficult times affecting us all around the world.