Update: SIMD2020 Cancelled due to Coronavirus (COVID-19):
14, 2020 the Mayor of the City of Austin issued an Order prohibiting gatherings
of 250 or more people effective March 15 - May 1, 2020
SIMD had been
continuously monitoring the latest information from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and World Health Organization on the spread of the novel
coronavirus disease COVID-19. In addition to restrictions on international and
domestic travel; SIMD leadership had become aware of a rapidly increasing number
of travel bans being imposed on employees by healthcare institutions and
companies across the US, along with rising concerns that travel to large group
gatherings is not judicious from a public and personal health perspective. The
decision to cancel the conference was under discussion at the time the Mayor's
order was issued.
The SIMD Conference Planning Committee and Board of
Directors share your disappointment that the conference is cancelled, but the
health and safety of our attendees and their families is of utmost importance.
At this time, we are considering our options, including postponement to a later
date or permanent cancellation. It might take a matter of weeks or longer to
sort through the matter. We will notify the membership as soon as a decision is
This is an unprecedented situation and SIMD asks your patience and
understanding as we work through the complex logistics of this difficult
circumstance. We ask that you not email or call the SIMD while we are working
through the details.
Individuals who are already registered for the
conference, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be receiving additional
information by email shortly. We will continue to post information to this
website as it becomes available.
The SIMD meeting will be held April 26-29, 2020 at the Hilton Austin in Austin Texas and will feature sessions on:
- Immunology and inflammation in IEM's
- Clinical trials: Planning for approval success and pitfalls to avoid
- PCORI projects
- Unknown and Challenging Metabolic Cases
- Best of the submitted abstracts talks
- Selected abstracts focused on treatments
- Travel award winner presentations
- Presentations from the Shapira award winner and the JSIMD Young Investigator Award winner
- Posters will be displayed for the entire meeting allowing their view during breaks and an attended Poster session
- Exhibits from top IEM companies
- A half day joint session on April 29th with the Genetic Metabolic Dieticians International (GMDI) which will feature a session on Adult Complications of IEM's.
We will have a Contributed paper session featuring the abstracts of our travel award winners, and the opportunity to hear and support the next generation of SIMD contributors and members.
As in the past, young trainees can apply for travel awards. CME and CEU for nurses and genetic counselor credits will also be available.
Surrounded by the excitement of downtown Austin's business and
entertainment districts, the towering 31 story Hilton Austin is one of
the largest hotels in the area. The hotel combines upscale comfort with
modern millennial design, complete with the finest array of meeting,
dining and recreational facilities. Just a short stroll from the
Warehouse Entertainment, 2nd Street Districts and the University of
Texas at Austin, it is also located adjacent to the Convention Center
with many leading attractions nearby. You are sure to experience the
unique charm and lasting spirit of Austin. You can find more information
about the Hilton Austin here:
Susan Berry, Program Chair
Bruce Barshop, SIMD Secretariat