Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We know that many of you are looking forward to our Annual Meeting.  Many of you are working hard to finalize research to present, prepare a platform talk, organize SIG-related activities, or support the PNS in other ways. However, due to the global COVID-19 situation we have been and continue to discuss its possible impact on our Annual Meeting scheduled for 27 June – 1 July in Miami, Florida, USA.

The PNS Board after considering several factors beyond our control, including global travel and governmental restrictions, social distancing practices, and because the health and safety of our members is our number one concern, has determined that it is unlikely that the meeting will move forward as planned. 

The Scientific Program Committee has planned an attractive program, with close to 500 abstracts submitted and the Board and others have been working very hard on planning for this meeting. We feel strongly that we need to continue with our goals for the meeting in one way or another. We are currently evaluating several options including rescheduling the meeting for another time or moving a portion of the meeting to a virtual meeting platform. Each option has its pros and cons, and we are diligently exploring each to ensure it is in the best interest of all involved.

For the moment, we have decided to put the registration for the 2020 PNS Miami Meeting on hold.

For those of you that have already registered, once final decisions are known regarding the meeting’s future, we will provide you with options regarding your registration fees (including exhibitors and sponsors).  For now, we appreciate your patience as we evaluate the situation with COVID-19. 

For those of you that have not yet registered, we encourage you to postpone your conference registration and related travel arrangements until more information is made available to you.  Please contact PNS Executive Director, Allison Kindseth at +1 952-545-6204 or akindseth@PNSociety.com if you have any questions or concerns.

It is our goal to continue to provide opportunities for PNS members to learn from leaders in our field, to connect with one another, and to share cutting-edge research. Thank you for your continued support of the Society’s mission of improving the lives of people with peripheral neuropathies throughout the world. 

Be safe and stay healthy - thank you for your understanding as we keep you updated.


Pieter van Doorn, PhD, MD
President, Peripheral Nerve Society


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"The PNS Society meeting represents the most comprehensive gathering of clinicians and scientists focused on peripheral nerve disease."

— 2019 PNS Annual Meeting Delegate


“A great occasion to find new cooperation partners and to discuss research results."

— Christian Moritz, PhD
2019 PNS Annual Meeting Delegate


Q1: When will registration open? 
A1: At this time, we are asking all delegates to hold on registering until more information is released on COVID-19.

Q2: How do I become a member of the PNS?
A2: Please click here to complete the PNS Membership Application.

Q3: I am interested in becoming an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Where may I find more information? 
A3: At this time, we're asking potential sponsors and exhibitors to hold on their registration until more information is released on COVID-19. 

Q4: How may I book my stay at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida? 
A4: We are asking all delegates to hold on making any travel plans or booking rooms until more information is released on COVID-19.

Q5: What prizes are awarded at the Annual Meeting?
A5: Each year, we provide seven named prizes to Junior Members (40 years of age or under) presenting abstracts. Each prize is $750 USD and is awarded to those presenting the best abstracts, as a tribute to the luminaries in our field. Click here for more information. 

1. Richard P. Bunge: Biology of Nerve
2. Arthur K. Asbury: GBS/CIDP/Inflammatory Neuropathy
3. Peter J. Dyck: Diabetes and Clinical Topics
4. P.K. Thomas: Inherited Neuropathies
5. J.W. Griffin: Regeneration
6. Jonathon Pembroke: Presenters from Australia-Asia
7. Richard A.C. Hughes: Clinical Trials

Additionally, the PNS presents annually the Alan J Gebhart prize for excellence in peripheral nerve research. This $30,000 unrestricted cash prize is awarded to an established researcher in the field of peripheral nerve.  The award recipient must be an active member of the PNS in good financial standing for a minimum of two years. Click here to view the application form.  The application deadline is 6 March 2020.

Q6: Where is the Annual Meeting being held?
A6: The meeting will be held at the InterContinental Miami Hotel (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131).

Q7: When is the deadline to submit a late breaking abstract? 
A7: The Call for Late Breaking Abstracts will be sent on 15 April, 2020 and will close on 8 May, 2020. Notifications to presenters will be sent 18 May, 2020. Accepted late breaking abstracts will have a platform presentation and will not present a poster. 

Q8: Do you offer group registration? 
A8: At this time, we are asking all delegates to hold on registering until more information is released on COVID-19.


"This was my first PNS meeting and was very impressed! It was amazing to learn about groundbreaking work in hereditary neuropathies and the potential future treatments for hTTR amyloidosis and CMT. I specially enjoyed the presentations on the clinical trials that are starting or about the start and the possibility of being part of them! I hope to attend the meeting every year!"

— 2019 PNS Annual Meeting Delegate 

Thank you to our 2019 PNS Sponsors!