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ISDE 2021 Congress is Going Virtual

Dear Colleagues,

After careful consideration, we have made the very difficult decision to switch the ISDE 2021 World Congress to a virtual format. Although we were very much looking forward to welcoming you to Toronto, asking you all to travel to Canada and attend in person this August was just too risky. Even with the start of the delivery of vaccines, the confidence to travel safely abroad continues to have uncertainty, and we felt this to be the most responsible path for ISDE and all its stakeholders. The health and safety of the entire ISDE community is of the utmost importance and is what drove our decision at this time.

We are now very excited to announce the virtual ISDE 2021 congress, which will take place between September 27 and 30, 2021.

We have been working hard to build an engaging virtual program. We will also open abstract submissions so that the community has ample opportunity to submit their latest scientific research. We introduced an additional submission topic related to Covid-19 and its impact on your practice. While we will not get to meet in person this year, we look forward to providing a virtual experience that is accessible worldwide and to enable attendees to connect and access the latest research through a new format. Since we know how busy you all are, 4 hours of scientific content per day will be scheduled across 4 days, with the live stream timing varying each day to allow for different regional time zone across the world. If the timing for a specific session doesn’t work for you, then it will be very accessible to stream later at your convenience.

We thank you once again for your continued interest in ISDE, and we hope you will join us virtually this September!


Professor David Watson
ISDE President

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.