Dear Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration Faculty and Staff,

It is with regret that I write to inform you that the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is cancelling the 2020 Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration (SCARE) course. As I am sure you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus global health emergency have triggered a series of events that require travel constraints and social distancing. Given these circumstances, the MBL has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the entire MBL community, and therefore, has chosen to cancel the course following guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the number of participants (as well as instruments and supplies to coordinate), many of whom would be unable to come to the MBL even if we did hold the course, it is clear that it would not be possible to recreate the full SCARE experience this fall. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please contact

The decision and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus are disruptive to all of us and I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. We will be hosting a virtual event for the course in July, stay tuned, Jen and Ina will be back in touch for details.

I hope that most of you will be able to join us in Woods Hole next year.


Nipam H. Patel