Organizing Committee

Nissim Benvenisty, MD, PhD
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, USA

Daniel Marshak, PhD
Consulting & Advisory, USA

Melissa Carpenter, PhD
ElevateBio, USA

Assem Ziady, PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA

John Tisdale, MD

Shen Shen, PhD
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, USA

Gerhard Bauer, Professor
University of California, School of Medicine, USA

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Health & Safety

The ISSCR will be requiring proof of vaccination for the 2022 Madison International Symposium.

Note: If you already submitted your proof of vaccination for the 2022 Annual Meeting, you will not need to resubmit. However, if you are not boosted, you will still need to provide a current negative test.

Your health and safety are important to us. We are actively tracking the emerging news and science around COVID-19. The ISSCR also continues to monitor guidelines for health safety measures from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wisconsin and the greater Madison area and will adjust our plans and protocols accordingly.  

Federal, Wisconsin,  and Madison laws will be adhered to at the 2022 Madison International Symposium. We are also working closely with the Madison  community, event venues, and hotels. Any adjustments in our health protocols will be communicated to our ISSCR community. 

The details below are just some of the precautions we will implement for the 2022 Madison International Symposium. We will continue to evaluate and expand our health safety protocols as medical recommendations evolve and will update this page accordingly, so you know what to expect when you arrive in  Madison for the International Symposium.

Before you leave for Madison, ISSCR encourages you to:

  • Ensure you have your proof of vaccination documentation.
  • Get the latest COVID-19 booster shot(s). Note that you must receive a booster by 7 September 2022 to be considered "up to date vaccinated" at the event.
  • Test for COVID-19. 
  • View ISSCR's COVID-19 FAQ document.

What to Expect at 2022 Madison International Symposium

REQUIRED: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
The ISSCR reserves the right to deny venue entry to any attendee or vendor who is not “Up to date vaccinated” OR “Fully vaccinated” with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

If you are "Up to date vaccinated":

NOTE: "Up to date vaccinated" is currently defined as a person that has completed the initial cycle as well as received the booster if eligible. Beginning 1 February 2022, a negative COVID-19 test can replace the former requirement for a booster - see below for more information.

  • ISSCR attendees must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to pick up an ISSCR 2022 Madison International Symposium badge. 
  • Attendees must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO).  A list of approved vaccines can be found here. 
  • Once you have provided your proof of vaccination and picked up your badge, you will not need to verify your vaccination status again.​

If you are "Fully vaccinated":

NOTE: "Fully vaccinated" is currently defined as a person who has completed the initial cycle (two shots for Moderna & Pfizer, 1 shot of J&J) of a WHO approved vaccine. Beginning 1 February 2022 proof of a negative COVID-19 test can replace the formerly mandated requirement for a booster. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required to attend the 2022 Madison International Symposium if you are fully vaccinated.

Tests accepted:

  • Antigen tests
    • Must be taken within 1 day of entry to the facility for the first time.
    • Self-administered antigen testing is not currently acceptable unless there is third-party verification. The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 result:
      • Printed document from the test provider or laboratory, OR
      • Electronic test results displayed on a phone or other device from a test provider or laboratory
      • The information should include the person's name, type of test performed, and negative test result.
  • PCR tests
    • Must be taken within 2 days of entry to the facility for the first time.

See COVID-19 Testing sites in Madison here.

Health Screenings and Services

  •  ISSCR attendees will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, as follows: 
    • In the conventional center.
    • During all ISSCR events and gatherings outside the convention center.
    • In ISSCR shuttle buses and any ISSCR or related hotel/venue transportation services.
  • Masks are optional when outside; or when giving a presentation.
  • The ISSCR will provide on-site access to health services and medical aid for those who may need it.


This is a sample of the initiatives currently underway to ensure attendees safety and comfort – others are under consideration. We will continue to provide updates to exhibitors and attendees. If you have questions or concerns about ISSCR COVID-19 protocols, please contact

Recommendations for Exhibitors

Below are some recommendations and considerations as you begin to plan your ISSCR exhibit experience:  

  • Communicate the proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirement to your staff. All attendees, support staff and exhibitors’ staff must provide proof of vaccination. 
  • Ensure your booth has plenty of hand sanitizer that is visible and easily accessible.
  • Ensure your booth design can accommodate proper social distancing. This includes designated entrances and exits, one-directional traffic flow within your booth and socially distanced seating in demo/presentation areas with an access-control monitor. 
  • Frequent booth/product cleaning, including regular disinfection of surfaces and frequently touched items. 

Please contact for more detailed information about exhibiting. 

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you in September.