In light of the evolving national response efforts to COVID–19, we will be canceling the 2020 InFORM Conference scheduled for March 9–12 in Atlanta, GA. We regret any inconvenience and disruption this may cause, but we recognize the current challenges with people responding to COVID–19 in multiple jurisdictions and covering critical ongoing activities while colleagues are responding to COVID–19 across the US.

​Learn more about why we decided to cancel and next steps for registrants.

For questions concerning InFORM, please contact Kristy Kubota, manager, PulseNet, at  

INFORM 2020: Award Acknowledgments and Information Update
Award Recognitions

We want to take a moment to celebrate a few outstanding individuals who would have been recognized at the conference during the Awards Presentations. On behalf of the lnFORM Planning Committees and all our partners, please join us in congratulating the 2020 award winners:

PulseStar Awards:

Matthew Sinn, Missouri State Public Health Laboratory
Vavara Kozyreva, PhD, California Department of Public Health
Gina Kline, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa

Kati Kelley Award:

Peter Gerner-Smidt, MD, DSc, (Retired) Chief, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Bill Keene Excellence in Epidemiology Award:

Maritza Cruz Cortes, MS, the Foodborne and Waterborne Surveillance Epidemiologist in the Office of Epidemiology and Investigation at the Puerto Rico Department of Health.

Jack Guzewich Award:

Ernest Julian,Ph.D., the Chief Science Advisor to the Rhode Island Department of Health Academic Institute

Letter of Commendation from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

David Nicholas, the Chief Epidemiologist, Outbreak Investigation and Research of the New York State Health Department

Photo recognition slideshow of the honorees

Information Dissemination Update

The InFORM Executive Committee has continued discussing options for delivering content that would have been presented during the 2020 lnFORM Conference. Over the coming months, we hope to host webinars for some of the planned conference content. However, given the ongoing and intensive COVID-19 response activities, we anticipate these presentations or webinars will be scheduled later in the year.

Thank you all for your patience as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, we regret any inconvenience or disruption that cancelling InFORM 2020 may have caused. Thank you all for your continued support of the 2020 InFORM Conference.