When Hurricane Katrina slammed through the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced — and so were a whole lot of medical meetings. Cancellation wasn't a possibility for many societies, both because they needed to disseminate the latest research and because the conference is important to their bottom line. So some planners began the race to find a new home for these meetings even before the storm swamped New Orleans. “We pulled together a disaster committee the weekend ...

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