ISSCR Statement on COVID-19

  • 6 March, 2020
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We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the ISSCR annual meeting 23-27 June in Boston, US and to delivering an exceptional annual meeting. Even as the Society is immersed in preparations for ISSCR 2020, we remain acutely aware that our members may be personally and professionally affected by COVID-19, just as so many individuals and communities are across the world.

The Society continues to monitor recommendations coming from world health organizations and governments closely and is in frequent contact with the Executive Committee as we assess the short- and longer-term outlook of COVID-19 and how it may impact the Society, its members, staff, and programming. We recently have become aware that some institutions are restricting travel for the foreseeable future in the interest of public health.

The well-being of our members, meeting attendees, partners, exhibitors, sponsors, and other stakeholders remains paramount as we work to ensure important scientific programming continues to be delivered to the stem cell field. The Society will respect all recommendations coming from global health organizations in the interest of protecting public health and encourages members to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information as well. For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ISSCR is committed to providing regular updates on our programming and as needed to keep the community informed of any new developments that may affect the Society’s planned events.

Please share feedback with ISSCR related to the institutional level travel restrictions as well as research you may be working on related to COVID-19 by emailing Please also visit FAQs about ISSCR 2020 and COVID-19 for more information.

About the International Society for Stem Cell Research (
Founded in 2002, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is a global, nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. A community of more than 4,000 stem cell scientists, clinicians, business leaders, ethicists, and educators from 67 countries worldwide, ISSCR members are dedicated to upholding the society’s guidelines for responsible and ethical practice.