Alternative Formats Announcement
July 5, 2020 • 0 CommentSince April 2020, we have been defining alternative strategies for the conference and are happy to announce the new direction. For 2020, we shifted from the previous format of oral presentations to publication-strategy with two journals. Additionally, we are organizing a virtual conference for mid 2021. All of these align with our overarching goals of the noncommunicable disease prevention and management, the cross-cutting risk factor approach, and diversity commitments for geography, ethnicity, gender parity, multiple sectors, and multiple scientific disciplines. Our alternative strategy is:
- University of Michigan has partnered on two special issues with FASEB, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. FASEB is an international professional society founded in 1912 and includes over 130,000 member researchers globally. These special issues will be in their open access journal, FASEB BioAdvances, and will feature articles from the thought leaders who were planned for our keynote lectures and panel sessions as well as new invited commentaries.
- We will be also publishing the accepted abstracts that were submitted for the 2020 program. With our partner the World NCD Federation, the abstracts will be published in their open access journal, the International Journal of Noncommunicable Diseases. There were 225 submitted abstracts, of which 195 were accepted based on the recommendations of our peer reviewers.
- For mid 2021, we are planning to have a 3-4 day virtual conference that will focus on the plenary sessions, workshops, and communities of practice. The 2021 theme will focus on addressing health disparities and side effects of pandemic isolation on chronic disease prevention and care.