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COVID-19Statement

April 9, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I just want to share some helpful links with you concerning the COVID-19 pandemic - please see this resource from the FASEB web site.

I hope you and your families, friends and colleagues are all staying safe, healthy and home.

 

Best wishes,
Bernadette Englert, Executive Officer, NAVBO


March 25, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As much as we would like to go forward with our Vasculata course, current events have driven our decision to postpone it. With campuses closed across the globe, organizers and attendees alike, will not have time to prepare effectively for the early July dates. Vasculata 2020 will be presented as Vasculata 2021 and be held in Boston, organized by Guillermo García-Cardeña, with dates to be determined.

We still plan to hold Vascular Biology 2020 in Newport, RI in October. https://www.navbo.org/vb2020

During this time, NAVBO is gearing up with innovative ways to learn online: webinars, journal clubs and online mini-symposia. To keep serving our members, we will increase the frequency of these events to help keep the vascular biology community actively engaged. Visit our web site for information regarding our online content. If you are interested in presenting your work in one of our online sessions, please complete this form.

Members have contacted us asking if they can share NAVBO webinars and journal clubs with their students, regardless of membership. The answer is yes! We are opening these online events up so that all your all students and trainees (even if not NAVBO members) can participate. This includes the recordings of previous webinars and journal clubs.   Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (301) 760-7745 for access for your trainees. These recordings are always available to our members – https://www.navbo.org/events/webinars.

We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy. Please be careful and follow the guidelines of the CDC and WHO, and we will get through this.

Thank you,
On behalf of the NAVBO Council,
Bernadette Englert
Executive Officer


March 10, 2020

Dear NAVBO Colleagues,

As part of North American Vascular Biology Organization’s mission to build a vibrant and supportive community, NAVBO hosts an annual meeting and a summer course (Vasculata). These meetings are essential opportunities to build connections. However, as a professional association, we are also committed to the health and safety of our members, and we are always vigilant about monitoring the local conditions where these events are held.

COVID-19 is a developing situation and we are monitoring it closely. We are continuing to confidently plan Vasculata (Boston, July 7-9) and Vascular Biology 2020, October 25-29 in Newport, RI. We currently have no plans to postpone or cancel either event.

Mindful of the duty of care, NAVBO remains in close contact with hotel representatives on sanitary, health and other measures that will be in place at the facilities hosting our events. We continue to monitor guidelines from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other pertinent public health organizations as part of our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgment.

Members are advised to check their country-specific and institutional travel advisories, as well as other authoritative sources, and to understand their hotel and transportation carrier’s policies on cancellation or changes. Should the need arise, we will explore options for virtual presentations and networking.

We will update this web page as well as email members if there are any changes to report.

We look forward to welcoming you to Vasculata in Boston in July and to VB2020 in Newport in October.

Sincerely,
Ondine Cleaver
President
NAVBO

Resources:
World Health Organization: Advice for the Public
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Government of Canada COVID 19 Update
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control