Statement on COVID-19

Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases
Statement on COVID-19 and plans for CRWAD 2020

The Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) continues to monitor the public health situation presented by the spread of COVID-19 around the world. The pandemic has dramatically changed the way we conduct our daily lives and raising questions about future events as we navigate the current reality.

At this time, the 2020 Conference scheduled for December 4-8, 2020 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago remains on schedule. We are monitoring the situation closely, and will keep you all apprised as we go forward with our preparations for the meeting.

As previously announced, CRWAD will open our abstract submission portal on April 1st for primary abstract submission. If you are considering presenting your research at CRWAD, we strongly encourage submission of abstracts for the July 10th deadline, even if you are not 100% confident about whether you will be able to attend the meeting in December. The strength of your response will help us gauge interest and plan accordingly for our meeting. As noted below, there will be two additional submission deadlines, but we encourage you to submit for the first call if possible.

Please note that we are adjusting several of our policies for registration and abstracts to address the uncertainties that we are all facing. For CRWAD 2020, we will be waiving our policy requiring registration for the meeting at the time of abstract submission. You may submit an abstract beginning on April 1st and register for the meeting after notification your abstract has been accepted. We know that research activities have been suspended or slowed in many locations because of control efforts for COVID-19. As such, authors will able to edit and update abstract content after submission; this allows us to plan for participation while also ensuring that scientists can be confident in the quality of their published abstracts.

We are also exploring options for distance participation in CRWAD 2020, both for attendees and for presenters. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about online participation in CRWAD 2020.

The full abstract submission deadlines for the 2020 Conference are:

  • April 1st — Abstract Submission Opens
  • July 10th — Primary Abstract Submission Deadline – Oral or Poster Presentations
  • September 15th — Submission Deadline for Late Breaking Abstracts for Oral Presentation
  • October 10th — Deadline for Changing from Onsite to Remote Presentation of Abstracts.
  • October 15th — Submission Deadline for Late Breaking Abstracts for Poster Presentation
  • November 15th — Submission Deadline for Remotely Presented Abstracts

Your abstract submission will help us continue our 100-year plus history of being a premier program of researchers and disease prevention specialists presenting on cutting-edge research in animal health and disease, population health, and translational medicine. In light of COVID-19 and its public health implications, our collective sharing of research and knowledge is more important than ever.

CRWAD will continue to monitor COVID-19 and keep you informed of any changes to our meeting. Please visit our website at for ongoing updates.

We look to the future with hope and anticipation that you all will remain safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing you in Chicago December 4-8, 2020.