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National Ataxia Foundation


2023 Annual Ataxia Conference

March 30 - April 1, 2023


Join us in Las Vegas

As interest continues to grow from the pharmaceutical industry in developing drugs to treat Ataxia, we believe that collaboration among researchers, clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, and Ataxia patients is at a critical moment. Each of these groups must work together, as partners, to advance progress toward better patient care and more effective treatments for Ataxia. Join us at the 2023 AAC to connect, learn, and take action toward accelerating treatment development!  

Registration Information

Choose how you’d like to join us at the 2023 Annual Ataxia Conference! In-person registration covers admission to all functions at AAC, including general sessions, a welcome reception, Lunch-n-Learn sessions, Birds of a Feather sessions, the exhibitor hall, and the Saturday banquet dinner as well as complimentary access to the virtual platform. Virtual registration covers access to the online platform which will include live-streamed general sessions from Las Vegas, exclusive virtual sessions, a virtual exhibit hall, and networking opportunities.


Early-Bird Pricing
$ 225 Available through 1/31/2023*
  • $50 Savings!

Virtual Only

$ 75 per attendee
  • Online access

Industry Representative

$ 500 per attendee
  • In-person and online access

*After 1/31/2023, in-person registration cost increases to $275. After 3/23/2023, advance registration closes. On-site registration is available for $300.
No refunds of registration fees for cancellations after March 22, 2023. Registration at the door is not recommended.

Hotel & Travel Information

The 2023 Annual Ataxia Conference will be held at Planet Hollywood at 3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. 

Hotel Reservations

NAF will offer a discounted group rate on a first-come, first-served basis. The group rate will be available while inventory lasts until March 7, 2023.

Group Rates (per night)

Sunday – Thursday – $119 + $34 resort fee + 13.38% tax
Friday – Saturday – $159 + $34 resort fee + 13.38% tax

Non-ADA Room Reservations

Non-ADA rooms must be booked directly through Planet Hollywood. You can book our special rate under the group name “National Ataxia Foundation” online at or by phone at (866) 919-7472. Reservations made through the hotel’s call center will be assessed a $15 fee per reservation. This fee will be waived if booking within the NAF group block.

ADA Room Reservations

ADA rooms are limited and cannot be reserved through the hotel. They must be requested through NAF. ADA room reservations will be accepted beginning at 12pm CST on November 16, 2022. Email your request to or call 763-553-0093 and leave a voicemail with your name and contact information to be added to the waiting list for an ADA room. Calls and emails will be time-stamped and processed in the order they were received. ADA room reservations will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For questions about ADA room availability, contact Sarah Pilato, Program Coordinator at 763-553-0093 or

Additional Travel Info

Las Vegas, an ever-changing fantasy land of a city, has seen unbelievable expansion since it emerged from the desert 100 years ago. The sights and sounds of Las Vegas are enjoyed by over 38.9 million visitors every year.

Local Airport:
Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)
5757 Wayne Newton Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Travel Grant and Registration Scholarships

We understand that registration and travel costs can be too great of a financial burden for some. We want everyone to have an opportunity to experience AAC. NAF will be awarding a limited number of travel grants for the in-person event and registration scholarships for the virtual event to low-income individuals with Ataxia.

AAC Travel Grant 

  • Complimentary in-person registration 
  • $600 grant received at conference check-in
  • Preference given to first-time attendees
  • Please note: Travel Grant applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline. You will receive notice about the status of your travel grant by 1/31/2023.
  • Application Deadline was 1/17/2023  

Virtual AAC Registration Scholarship

  • Complimentary virtual registration 
  • Application Deadline was 1/17/2023

On-Site Agenda At-a-Glance

Thursday, March 30th

11am - 5pm
Day 1
  • Onsite Check In
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Welcome & Orientation
  • First Timer Session

Friday, March 31st

8am - 6pm
Day 2
  • General Sessions
  • Birds of a Feather Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Meet & Greet Reception

Saturday, April 1st

8am - 5pm
Day 3
  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Banquet Dinner & Dance Party

Virtual Agenda At-a-Glance

March 23rd

10am - 3:30pm
Day 1
  • Daily Welcome
  • Birds of a Feather - Session 1
  • Birds of a Feather - Session 2

March 30th

1:30pm - 4pm
Day 2
  • Daily Welcome
  • General Sessions
  • Networking Breakout Session

March 31st

8:30am - 5pm
Day 3
  • Daily Welcome
  • General Sessions
  • Breakout Sessions

April 1st

8:30am - 10:30pm
Day 4
  • Daily Welcome
  • General Sessions
  • Awards Ceremony/Dance Party

Birds of a Feather Sessions

Birds of a Feather are smaller break-out sessions arranged by type of Ataxia or other affiliation, such as being a spouse or partner that does not have Ataxia. These sessions are group discussions facilitated by an Ataxia expert. The Birds of a Feather options at the 2023 Annual Ataxia Conference are listed below:


Below are the topics that will be covered in general or breakout sessions.

Schedule is subject to change.


NAF invites world-leading Ataxia researchers and physicians to present at AAC. 

Beth Ann Bitner

Community Member

Liora Brunn, MA CM

Zoetic Workshops

Jonas Cepkauskas

Community Member

Beverly Davidson, PhD

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Allison Hilger, PhD CCC-SLP

University of Colorado Boulder

Derrian Hollingsworth

Community Member

Kathleen Gingerelli

Community Member

Jennifer Keller, PT MS

Johns Hopkins University

Natalie Marnica, CYT

Sacred Mountain Yoga

Dana Mauro

Community Member

Hayley McLoughlin, PhD

University of Michigan

Jennifer Millar, MSPT

Johns Hopkins University

Mark and Leah Minkin

Community Members

Lauren Moore, PhD

National Ataxia Foundation

Sue Moore

Community Member

Odinachi Oguh, MD

Cleveland Clinic – Lou Ruvo Center of Brain Health

Susan Perlman, MD

UCLA Neurological Services

Aaron Ritter, MD

Hoag | Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute

Amanda Rosado, MMT, LPMT, MT-BC

Anchored Hope Therapy

Andrew Rosen

National Ataxia Foundation

Jourdan Saunders, MS, CCC-SLP

The Resource Key

Lori Shogren

National Ataxia Foundation

Joel Sutherland

National Ataxia Foundation

Celeste Suart, MS

McMaster University

Lenore Healey Schultz

Community Member

Shirley Swier Jones

Community Member

Kristy Taylor

Community Member

Tanoa Thome

National Ataxia Foundation

Sponsor AAC

Want to help bring this important resource to the Ataxia community? Sponsor our event! Contact Joel Sutherland at for more information. 


Exhibit at AAC

AAC attendees enjoy visiting the Ataxia Marketplace to learn about products, services, Ataxia clinics, and research opportunities. For our hybrid event, we have in-person and virtual-only exhibit packages available.

Contact Sarah Pilato at for more information. 



Volunteer Opportunities

We rely on the kindness of our volunteers to help us make AAC a success. We have many different jobs for many different ability levels – reach out for more information or to sign up for a shift. As little as an hour is a huge help! Contact Sarah Pilato at for more information. 

Available Positions

  • Registration
  • Welcome Bag Assembly
  • Greeter/Director
  • Welcome Reception Door Openers
  • Banquet Seating
  • Ballroom Raffle Ticket Sellers

General Questions

If you have other questions about AAC, please contact Sarah Pilato at for more information or call us at 763-553-0020. 

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Are you ready for fun and learning at the largest Ataxia conference of the year?

2023 Annual Ataxia Conference: Partnering for Progress

Join us to connect, learn, and take action toward accelerating treatment development!