The Cytokines 2020 Organizing Committee and ICIS is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), along with Washington State and Seattle public health authorities regarding Cytokines 2020. Additionally, we are following developments within the academic and business communities concerning travel and meeting policies. With Cytokines 2020 taking place 1-4 November, our past and current efforts to understand the host response to viruses and other pathogens and the importance of IFN and cytokines in controlling infection and the immune response to vaccines could not be more important than it is now. Understanding cytokine and interferon biology is fundamental to human health and disease.

Current deadlines for abstract submission and registration can be accessed on seattle.cytokinesociety.org. In the coming weeks and months, we expect there may be a number of changes and updates and will ensure that all ICIS members and attendees have access to the information they need in a timely fashion. Updates will be available on seattle.cytokinesociety.org, through ICIS social media, and through email, where applicable. 

The virus that causes COVID-19, called SARS-CoV-2, shown here in an electron microscope image, can trigger severe cases of infection in some younger patients. Studying them could help scientists pinpoint genetic mutations that make people more susceptible to the disease. Credit: NIAID-RML