Our plenary speakers are confirmed, the agenda is complete, and registration is open for our PASPCR 2021 Annual Meeting to be held in Lexington, Kentucky – and online – Sept. 22 – 25, 2021!
Along with our traditional event, we added an extra day of programming on Saturday – at no extra cost and with the support of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Gluck Equine Research Center and the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute – to take an in-depth look at the horse as an animal model for studying melanoma: We think that’s apropos for an event being held in the Horse Capital of the World. (Saturday evening’s “Dinner on a Horse Farm” will have an added fee, but the day-long programming will not.)
In these challenging times of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, our goal is to provide quality programming to as many people as possible, and the 2021 Annual Meeting is designed to be delivered on a “hybrid” platform of both in-person and online sessions in order to achieve that goal.
While social distancing and capacity limits are being phased out as of this writing, it’s possible that we will have limited capacities for in-person/onsite attendance: Those capacities are subject to change with the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you, in advance, for your flexibility and resiliency as the meeting plans solidify commensurate with the pandemic. All federal, Kentucky and Lexington guidelines for healthy, in-person attendance will be followed throughout the event.
All of this is to introduce the “FLEX” registration category. Because many of you may have to wait on a vaccination status or to know whether your organization or country will allow you to travel, we created the FLEX registration: You may register now as FLEX; and we will send all of the FLEX registrants an e-mail with information on how to switch to “In-Person/Onsite.” Those additional slots will be filled on a first-come/first-served basis. (There is no capacity limit for the “Online Only” category.)
Please know that mask-wearing and/or social distancing still may be mandatory inside the hotel, on buses and at off-site venues, subject to their policies.
All plenary sessions will be held live with simultaneous broadcasting via the Internet, allowing for questions and comments in real time for all participants. A professional media company will stream all of the plenary sessions via the Internet, giving us a seamless, online presence.
Regardless of registration type, registration fees will be the same for all registrants: This reflects the increased cost of producing a hybrid event as well as our commitment to quality programming for all attendees.
The registration form will ask you if you are vaccinated: You are not obligated to answer that question, and your status will be shared only in the aggregate, e.g. “95% of in-person registrants are vaccinated.” This may be a vital statistic for some with underlying health conditions but does not affect your registration status – unless the federal or state government puts more stringent travel restrictions in place. Your specific information will not be recorded or considered further.
If you have guests coming with you, please note that the capacity limits for the hotel and for the venues may preclude their participation in events that traditionally were open to our personal guests. This, too, is in flux, but we have to serve our membership first: Whenever and wherever possible, we will be as inclusive as possible to personal guests.
Speaking of guests: Our traditional Gala Dinner will be open to guests (for an additional fee); and, while the programming for Saturday’s Equine Day is included in a full-conference registration, that evening’s “Dinner on a Horse Farm” is an add-on feature with a separate fee for both you and for your guests. Both events will be held in memorable locations and will include a huge helping of our Southern hospitality: We hope you will join us!
Lastly, in a worst-case scenario where we would be unable to conduct an in-person/onsite event, we would be able to pivot to an all-online platform, rather than have to cancel the event for a second year.
In an imperfect world, we continue our commitment to bring our PASPCR members and guests the best-possible event experience at our Annual Meeting.
Register for the PASPCR 2021 Annual meeting by clicking on this link: www.paspcr2021.wordpress.com
Here’s hoping we see you in-person or online!
John A. D’Orazio, MD, PhD
PASPCR President and 2021 PASPCR Annual Meeting Organizer