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July 7th, 2013
Almost Annual Whine About No CROI Dates, and a New Temporary (I Hope) CROI Website
Believe or not, sometimes we know a year in advance the dates of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).
For example, we learned at the beginning of CROI 2010 that in 2011, it would take place February 27-March 3 — in Boston no less. Yay!
(The meeting was a bit shorter, but it did in fact start on Feb 27.)
But most of the time, “When is CROI next year?” is a free-floating mystery, one that can’t be solved until a surprisingly short time before the actual meeting.
We know that CROI will be in the winter, probably in February or March, and that abstracts will be due some time in the fall. Plus we know CROI will be held someplace in North America, though of course the location is far less important for planning academic and personal calendars than knowing the dates.
Because of this uncertainty, those of us who want to attend the meeting go through aggressive calendar-managing in order to avoid important conflicts. In what is now an annual two-month blockade, here are some typical approaches to events in February and March:
- Thinking about attending on the inpatient clinical service during those months? Bad idea.
- Want to go on a family vacation? Reconsider.
- Invited to speak in a medical school or postgraduate course, or to give medical grand rounds? Think again.
- Want to get married, or to adopt a puppy, or to sign up for that adult ed class on using power tools? Better wait until April.
When I try to explain this odd state of affairs to my non-ID colleagues, they are invariably perplexed, or say something naive like “Why don’t you check the conference website?”
That should be a good idea, so let’s do that. The conference website — retroconference.org — is in fact excellent, with a rapid search feature for abstracts, posters, and many terrific web casts.
That is, it was excellent — the site no longer works. In its place, we have this:
For the record, I have long assumed that we don’t know when CROI will be because the conference organizers don’t know yet either. (When I directly ask them, this is what they say — “We don’t know yet.”)