2019 Conference Highlights

Make your reservations now for the 35th Annual NAAF International Conference, which will take place Thursday, June 18, to Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Washington DC. This unforgettable experience will connect you with a network of people who share similar challenges to those you may face, and you can be part of a Day on Capitol Hill where hundreds of us will open the hearts and minds of our nation’s lawmakers with stories of challenge and triumph – so we continue to make gains with our agenda (including insurance coverage for wigs) in the Capitol. Be assured this will be an experience like no other! A panel of expert researchers and clinicians will provide you with the extraordinary opportunity to directly address questions to the very people most intimately involved in the search for treatments and a cure.

We only have the conference in DC once every four years, so we hope you can join us for this uniquely wonderful experience!

You have a chance to:
  • Learn you are not alone.
  • Advocate with policymakers to fund needed alopecia areata research.
  • Hear about the latest research progress and opportunities for your involvement.
  • Share personal connections with people who understand and care.
  • Learn about useful products for people with alopecia areata.
  • Exchange ideas, support and advice.
  • Enjoy inspiring sights, stories and experiences.
  • Develop personal memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Become empowered to go home and make a difference.

Tortoise & HairTM  Conference Walk

This year’s Tortoise & Hair™ Conference Walk takes you and your family to the seat of our nation’s decision-making—Capitol Hill! You and your group, chosen by state and/or congressional district, will attend a series of meetings with your senators and house members on both sides of The Hill.

Give to Scholarship Fund

The annual NAAF Conference is an amazing and meaningful event for so many - especially first-time attendees and their families.  The NAAF Conference Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to individuals and families who otherwise cannot afford to attend.  Generous donations have helped well over 1,930 people over the last 27 NAAF conferences, and with your support, we will continue to assist those in need.  We invite you to help change a life by making a contribution that will allow a person in need to attend this exciting and inspiring event.
You can also mail a check to:
National Alopecia Areata Foundation
65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 200-B
San Rafael, CA 94903

Countdown to Conference!!!

Our Conference Hotel

The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is conveniently situated in the heart of the nation’s capital, with easy to access to culture, politics, business, entertainment and shopping. Relax in spacious rooms and suites featuring flat-screen TVs and modern décor. Take a dip in the indoor lap pool, rejuvenate in the sauna, or reenergize in the StayFit gym. Enjoy a selection of unique dishes or catch-up with friends at the Article One American Grill and Lounge. Venture out to enjoy the nearby political and cultural scene. Take in one of the Smithsonian Museums, travel along the National Mall, shop or dine in the ever-popular Union Station.

Important Dates

Conference Dates 
Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 21, 2020
Hotel Reservation Deadline
Friday, May 22, 2020
Early Bird Registration Deadline
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Last Day for Registration Cancellation and Refund
Monday, June 8, 2020

Program At a Glance

THURSDAY, June 18th 


Registration and Tortoise & Hair™ Check-In

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Children's Alopecia Areata Conference Camp

1:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Exhibitor Displays

1:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Meet the Exhibitors

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Advocacy Day 101

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Veteran & VIP (First-Timer) Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

FRIDAY, June 19th   

Advocacy Day Packets & Tortoise & Hair™ Check-in

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Information

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Exhibitor Displays 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Advocacy Day Prep Session 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Capitol Hill Visits and Tortoise & Hair™ Walk!

Capitol Hill Debriefings

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Exhibitor Displays

8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Children's Alopecia Areata Conference Camp

3:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Alopecia Areata Doc Talks 1-3

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Washington Nationals Baseball Game

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


SATURDAY, June 20th 


Registration  and Information

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Children's Alopecia Areata Conference Camp

8:15 am - 5:15 pm

Exhibitor Displays 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

General Session

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Community Empowerment Workshops 1-4

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Facilitator Luncheon

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Ask The Experts 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Young Adult Perspectives 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Support and Empowerment Session A-C 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dancing Through the Decades Dance Party!

8:00 pm - midnight


SUNDAY, June 21st


NAAF Information Display

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Children's Alopecia Areata Conference Camp

9:15 am - 11:15 am

Support & Empowerment Sessions D-M

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Hotel Check-Out

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Closing Session

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Goodbye Gathering

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Conference Questions

For questions about the National Alopecia Areata Foundation or for more information about
the 35th Annual National Alopecia Areata International Conference please email us at info@naaf.org.