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ALD 2020 Cancellation

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Letter from ALD President, Dr. Mel Burchman

March 14, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) has made the decision to cancel its 27th Annual Conference scheduled for April 2-4, 2020 at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California. The ALD Executive leadership has been monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the last several days, the ALD has received many notices from attendees and faculty and exhibitors in the United States and around the world whose institutions and companies have imposed travel bans that will prevent them from attending the Annual Conference.

The ALD Board of Directors has determined that cancellation of the meeting is necessary and unavoidable for the following reasons:

  • At this moment, at least 65% of our speakers are prohibited from attending because of travel bans imposed by institutions, companies, and governments due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The U.S. government bans on travelers from European nations and other countries prevent attendance by foreign attendees.
  • The California Department of Public Health has restricted gatherings and the governor of California has declared a "public health emergency" for the state.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak is officially designated as a "pandemic" by the World Health Organization.
  • Persons who had already registered for the conference have begun to cancel even without an announcement from us.

ALD respects the decisions of the many institutions and companies which have chosen to restrict their employees' travel during these unusual times. The health, safety and well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers and members are our highest priorities. In light of factors in the US, and around the world, it is clear that the ALD Conference cannot be held April 2-4, 2020.

For further information regarding the cancellation, please see
ALD 2020 Attendee FAQs

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through confirming the important details you need to know as a result of the Annual Conference being canceled.

In the coming weeks, we will consider possibilities for providing content from this meeting digitally. For now, we leave you with the simple wish to stay well, and we look forward to seeing you again at ALD 2021 in Alexandria, VA, April 8-10 at the Westin.

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