Amidst the COVID-19 epidemic, those of us in the Nordic countries, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, send greetings to our friends and colleagues in Neuroendocrinology, distributed across the globe. Many of you have suffered personal loss and sacrifice and our thoughts are with you.
The level of infection in the Nordic region has been much less than in many parts of the world, likely linked to our demographics. World news has highlighted Sweden’s more relaxed approach. Sweden is not in lock-down, but life is very far from normal since Swedes are very obedient and follow government recommendations, practising social distancing and work at home where possible.
The universities remain open, although we switched to remote teaching and examining. It is tough continuing research – the labs are empty and it can be difficult to get certain supplies. It is, however, an excellent time to clear our desks of all of those articles we have been meaning to write and it will be interesting to hear from our Neuroendocrine journals how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on submission rates.
While in lock-down or self-isolating, I am sure you are all missing those cancelled conferences, including the recent joint meeting between BSN and Turkish Neuroendocrine Society. On this note, I look forward to the International Conference of Neuroendocrinology 2020 in Glasgow. By then, hopefully, COVID-19 will be far behind us and we can look forward to this celebration of Neuroendocrinology.
As Chair of the Program Committee for this meeting, I can mention that plans are well underway with excellent presentations by colleagues from all over the world and in all areas of Neuroendocrine research. Save the date (7-10 August 2022) and see you in happier times in Glasgow.
On behalf of the Nordic Neuroendocrine Group
Suzanne L Dickson, Professor in Neuroendocrinology
The Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.