IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

NEW DATES: WCoP 2020 Further Postponement to 29 March to 1 April 2022

We appreciate that there is still significant uncertainty associated with international travel, large events and the movement of people across borders.

Since our last communications in which we informed you that the World Conference on Pharmacometrics (WCoP) was postponed due to COVID-19, we have been monitoring the evolving global and local reactions to the pandemic and how it might impact our plans to run WCoP early in 2021. We noted that multiple large international events have cancelled, postponed and in some cases switched to innovative virtual methods. In South Africa, our host country for WCoP2020, the government has drawn international admiration for their science-based response to the pandemic, and their informed strategies to ease the lockdown that was imposed early on in the pandemic. At the time of writing, South Africa is  unfortunately on an upwards trajectory with new infections.

After carefully considering all these inputs, we have decided on a further postponement to Tuesday 29 March to  Friday 1 April 2022. Most workshops associated with the conference will take place before the main conference.

Please return to this page from time-to-time to check on progress.

Once again, our deep gratitude for your patience as we work through these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,

The WCoP 2020 Organizing Committee

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the 3rd edition of the World Conference on Pharmacometrics (WCoP) to be held in 2022 at the southern tip of the continent of Africa in Cape Town, South Africa. This follows our decision to postpone our meeting due to COVID-19. While all of you have agreed that our decision to postpone is the right one, and the subsequent escalation of the pandemic validated our early decision – nevertheless, the organising committee continues to carefully assess the impact of our decision and to decide on what our 2022 meeting will look like.

The success of the inaugural conference in Seoul, South Korea in 2012 and the second conference in Brisbane, Australia in 2016 has been a source of motivation for the Executive Committee to continue with the series of WCoP Conferences in locations that expand the global reach of our science beyond Europe and the US. Our world after COVID-19 might offer some opportunities to find new ways to expand the reach to the global pharmacometrics community.

Africa accounts for 15% of the global population and 25% of the global disease burden: yet only produces about 2% of the world’s research output and holds only 0.1% of the world’s patents. Research and development pipelines for the diseases that disproportionately affect African countries are grossly inadequate. Furthermore, clinical pharmacology studies that underpin drug label claims for efficacy and safety are rarely studied in Africa. Such assessments are important to understand dosing requirements in communities that might have different intrinsic (e.g. genetics, physiology, comorbidity) and extrinsic (local medical practice, diet) factors compared to patients in the more developed economies where these studies are usually conducted.

While some view this as a challenge, we see this as an opportunity to attract more collaborations to Africa. Over several years, a core group of individuals and institutions have been championing the science of pharmacometrics in Africa via targeted capacity development efforts and contributions to dosing guidelines based on our science. We have now significantly ramped up these efforts in preparation for WCoP 2020 and look forward to engaging with you during the conference.

South Africa, the “cradle of humankind”, is home to a diversity of people and cultures, and breathtaking landscapes, animal and plant life. Cape Town, Africa’s “Mother City”, has been hosting high-profile international conferences for a long time. It is renowned for its dramatic mountain vistas and ocean views and its warm-hearted people, but also for being home to scientific centres of excellence, including two world-class academic teaching hospitals and biomedical research institutions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town and thank you in advance for your participation and support.

Paolo Denti and Colin Pillai
on behalf of the WCoP 2020 Local Organising Committee
and the WCoP Executive Committee

Travel Information

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

South Africa has taken early and decisive steps to contain the COVID-19 pandemic drawing international praise for its efforts.

The office of the South African president has provided regular science-based updates. For official South African government updates on the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and Covid-19, go to 

SAcoronavirus.co.za

https://www.gov.za/welcome-official-south-african-government-online-site

The South African and Western Cape/Cape Town Tourism provide updates on the current situation via the following links https://www.satsa.com/coronavirus-update/

Additionally, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), which has a World Health Organization (WHO) referral laboratory, provides regular updates regarding COVID-19 at the following website https://www.nicd.ac.za/

Daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak by WHO are available at:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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