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The Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) is a diverse organization of scientific and medical investigators devoted to alleviating the suffering of people with melanoma.

The SMR was founded to unify the field by increasing communication among researchers and building bridges of collaboration between basic, translational, and clinical investigators.

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Dear SMR Members,

I hope that you, your family, and your colleagues and friends are well. After careful consideration, the SMR Executive Committee, with the support of the SMR Steering Committee, have decided to postpone the 2020 SMR Melanoma Congress in New Orleans, USA. The next face to face SMR Congress will be held in New Orleans at the end of October 2021 (Chair: Michael Davies, MD Anderson).

For 2020, we are planning a short virtual meeting in October, and we will keep you informed of the plans.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a major challenge for all of us across the world, and we stand united in limiting the impact of the virus on our health, productivity and goals. The members of the Executive Committee are very concerned about the possibility of putting the health of any of our members at risk. We are mindful that travel bans may remain in place in many countries and at many institutions for some time. We also recognize that the financial impact of the pandemic may limit the ability of investigators to attend the meeting. Finally, as physicians and scientists, we believe that we should be promoting safe and responsible behaviors in the setting of this health crisis.

I hope you all stay well and continue to work to “alleviate the suffering of people with melanoma”through research.

Yours sincerely,

Georgina V. Long
SMR President

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