Event Details

The Heat Is On!  is the theme of the 33rd Annual NAAF International Conference taking place Thursday, June 28 to Sunday, July 1 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  A panel of researchers and biopharmaceutical industry representatives will provide you the extraordinary opportunity to directly address your questions to the very people most intimately involved in the search for treatments and a cure.  This unforgettable experience will also connect you with a network of people who share the same challenges you face, professional caregivers offering medical information and advice to better understand and manage alopecia areata, and expert researchers with the latest findings from NAAF's Treatment Development Program.  Plus you'll be staying at no ordinary hotel, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch which is like no other venue!
With this sizzling setting as the backdrop, the four-day NAAF conference may transform not only your life but those around you!  This conference is for people of all ages who have alopecia areata or care about someone who does.
You will:
  • Learn you are not alone.
  • 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 follows a picturesque four-mile route bordering lakes and the resort’s golf course as you and your family raise awareness for alopecia areata, along with funds to benefit NAAF as we continue to provide awareness, support, and research for the alopecia areata community.

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 1,600 people over the last 24 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

The Heat Is On In...!!!

Our Conference Hotel

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
Discover the infinite beauty and natural wonders of the Sonoran Desert, which encompasses this breathtaking 27-acre family resort.  Set amidst flowering cactus and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, this amazing venue with a 2.5-acre water park featuring ten swimming pools, a white sand beach, a three-story waterslide, and a whilrpool spa at its centerpiece - is far from ordinary.

Important Dates

Conference Dates 
Thursday, June 28 - Sunday, July 1, 2018
Hotel Reservation Deadline
Monday, May 21, 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline
Monday, June 4, 2018
Conference Registration Deadline
Monday, June 11, 2018
Last Day for Registration Cancellation and Refund
Monday, June 11, 2018

Program At a Glance

THURSDAY, June 28th   
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 - 8:30 pm
Meet the Exhibitors 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Empowerment Workshops 1-4 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Veteran & VIP (First-Timer) Welcome Reception 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Young Adult Gondola Boat Ride 7:00pm - 10:30pm
FRIDAY, June 29th   
Registration and Tortoise & Hair™ Check-In 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Children's Alopecia Areata Conference Camp 7:45 am - 5:45 pm
Orientation Session (Primarily for First-Timers) 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Exhibitor Displays 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Opening Session 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Alopecia Areata Doc Talks 1-3 11:15 am - 12:15 am
Support and Empowerment Sessions A-J 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Empowerment Workshops 5-6 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
SATURDAY, June 30th   
Registration  and Information Display 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tortoise & Hair™ Check-In 7:00 am - 7:30am
Tortoise & Hair™ Conference Walk 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Exhibitor Displays 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Children's Alopecia Areata Conference Camp 9:45 am - 5:15 pm
General Session 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ask the Experts 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Young Adult Perspectives 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Groove Is In the Heart '90s Dance Party! 8:00 pm - midnight
SUNDAY, July 1st   
NAAF Information DIsplay 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Children's Alopecia Areata Conference Camp 9:15 am - 11:15 am
Support and Empowerment Sessions K-T 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Hotel Check-Out 11:00 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 33rd Annual National Alopecia Areata International Conference please email us at info@naaf.org.