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2020 Annual Ataxia Conference

As interest from the pharmaceutical industry in developing drugs to treat Ataxia continues to grow, we at the National Ataxia Foundation believe that collaboration among researchers, clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, and Ataxia patients has reached 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. The time is now!

Join us in Denver at the 63rd Annual Ataxia Conference to learn, share, network, and have fun.


Each person who is planning on attending any portion of the conference must register, including attendants. The conference registration fee gives access to all sessions, continental breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning, light appetizers at the Friday evening Meet & Greet Reception, and a plated meal at the Saturday evening banquet. Register online or call NAF at 763-553-0020 to register over the phone. 

No refunds of registration fees for cancellations received after February 21, 2020.

Hotel Reservations

The Sheraton Denver Downtown is the official conference hotel of the 2020 NAF Annual Ataxia Conference. It is located at 1550 Court Place, Denver CO 80202. Hotel reservations at the group rate will remain available at a group rate until February 1, 2020. A credit card is required at the time of booking.

The NAF group rate is $179 + taxes (currently 15.75%), per night.  Please note there is limited availability on discounted rate rooms.

Book a Non-ADA Room

Non-ADA rooms must be booked directly through the hotel. Book a non-ADA room online or by phone at (888) 627-8405. When booking a reservation by phone, request the National Ataxia Foundation group rate. If you require a room with two beds please note your request and communicate the accurate number of people in your room when making your room reservation. Guest rooms in the Plaza Building are closest to convention spaces on the Concourse Level. 

Book an ADA Room

ADA rooms cannot be reserved through the hotel – they must be requested through NAF. ADA room reservations will open at noon Central Time on November 5. Email your request AFTER 12pm Central Time on November 5th or call 763-553-0020 to be added to the list. ADA room reservations will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions about ADA room availability, contact Lori Shogren, Community Program and Services Director at 763-231-2743 or

About Sheraton Denver Downtown

Select a tab below for more detailed information about hotel accommodations.

Apply for a Travel Grant

NAF offers travel grants to help with a portion of the costs associated with attending the conference. A limited number of grants is awarded each year. Adults or children with Ataxia are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted through January 6, 2020. 

For questions about travel grants or to request that an application be mailed to you, contact:

Lori Shogren, Community Program and Services Director at 763-231-2743 or


We invite world-leading Ataxia researchers and physicians to present at AAC. The 2020 Annual Ataxia Conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeremy Schmahmann. Other speakers to be announced. 

Jeremy Schmahmann, MD

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Susan Perlman, MD

Clinical Professor of Neurology and Director of the Ataxia Center at UCLA Medical Center

Harry Orr, PhD

NAF Research Director, Director of Institute for Translational Neuroscience, and Tulloch Professor of Genetics in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at University of Minnesota

Questions about speaking opportunities?

Contact Lori Shogren, Community Program and Services Director at 763-231-2743 or


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday General Session Topics

Friday Lunch N’ Learn Session Topics

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Saturday General Session Topics

Saturday Lunch N’ Learn Session Topics


Thanks to all sponsors of the 2020 Annual Ataxia Conference for helping make this incredible program available to our community.

Interested in becoming an exhibitor or sponsor?

Contact Joel Sutherland, Development Director at 763-231-2748 or

Get Involved

Our event volunteers contribute to the success of the Annual Ataxia Conference. There are many opportunities to participate. To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Mollie Utting, Communications Coordinator, at 763-553-0020 or

Denver-Area Resources

The following information can be used as a guide as you plan your trip needs in Denver. The National Ataxia Foundation does not endorse products, services, or manufacturers. Those mentioned below are included for your information only. The NAF assumes no liability for the use or contents of any product or service mentioned.

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