ISDE 2020 Rescheduled Announcement

After close monitoring of the global risk assessment by the World Health Organization of the COVID-19 pandemic, on behalf of the ISDE Executive Committee, we wish to share with you that the 17th ISDE World Congress for Esophageal Diseases (ISDE 2020), originally scheduled on September 21 to 23, 2020 in Toronto, Canada will be postponed to August 19 to 21, 2021 in Toronto, Canada.

The postponement was based on multiple factors, including but not limited to, the current travel restrictions put in place and, importantly, the toll currently being placed on our health care community. These restrictions significantly affect the ability of delegates, speakers, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors to participate safely at ISDE 2020. This decision also underlines our commitment to containing the virus and preventing further sickness and loss of life, as per WHO recommendations.

Given the postponement, we can automatically transfer your participation to the event in August 2021, at no cost. For those who prefer, participation fees can be fully refunded. Any travel and accommodation not directly booked through the Congress Secretariat will be at the discretion of the individual provider's policy. For information on hotel rooms booked via the Congress Secretariat, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Congress website.

Although the decision to postpone our event was not an easy one to make, this serves as an opportunity for us to become more innovative and to stay connected. Our team is excited to announce the first-ever international ISDE virtual experience! We will be providing a series of virtual educational meetings in the summer and fall of 2020 with more information available shortly.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic, we invite all delegates and industry partners to read our FAQs and monitor your emails, as well as our website, for specific information on the new Congress timeline.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

Prateek Sharma

ISDE President

Postponement FAQ

About ISDE

The ISDE is an international, multispecialty society devoted to the study of the esophagus in disease and in health that was founded in 1979. The aims of the ISDE are to promote the exchange of scientific and medical knowledge among specialists in the field, to maintain interchange with organizations and industries, and to encourage basic and clinical research in fields related to the esophagus. In order to promote the professional and educational development of individuals interested in the esophagus, the ISDE sponsors its own journal, international congresses, and other educational programs. The ISDE Secretariat was in Tokyo, Japan, from 1979 to 2004, and then resided in Los Angeles, California, from 2004 through 2010. Since 2010 the Secretariat has been in Vancouver, British Columbia, under the auspices of International Conferences Service, Ltd. The ISDE welcomes participation by existing members and encourages individuals who are professionally interested in the esophagus to become members. Benefits include reduced registration fees at our congresses and other educational offerings, restricted access to website content and member search capability, access to webcasts, reduced subscription rates for our journal, and the opportunity to help lead this organization into a position of leadership in the worldwide medical community.