The Live event is over, but you can still register to get access to all the pre-event recorded content.


All the live sessions were recorded and will be available to watch by June 19 - July 17, 2020.

Note: Our support forum sessions were not recorded.

Exclusive Welcome Message from

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)

Join Us 

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation is proud to announce that “Virtual Gains,” our 35th Annual International Conference, and first virtual conference, will take place Thursday, June 18, 2020, right in your own home! Like our in-person conferences, this unforgettable experience will connect you with a network of people who share similar challenges to those you may face, and you can still be part of a virtual 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 legislative agenda. Special guests and speakers are being confirmed; 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’ll even have a virtual dance on Saturday night, June 20, thanks to a local community radio station that will carry it over their website!


You Will:

  • 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.
  • Exchange ideas, support, and advice.
  • Enjoy inspiring stories and experiences.
  • Become empowered to make a difference.  



Virtual Tortoise and Hair™ Conference Walk

Now that we are having a virtual conference, you can set up a fundraising page also, allowing you to hold your own virtual Tortoise & Hair™ Conference Walk right in your own hometown.


Give to Scholarship Fund

Let’s Make the NAAF Conference Available to EVERYONE – Support the 2021 Conference Scholarship Program!

NAAF’s International Conference is a life-changing event.  It provides unity and empowerment to a community in need of both.  Since 1986, it’s provided an extensive support network where attendees can meet with others who share the same challenges, gain research and medical knowledge and advice, and get involved with advocacy efforts.



You can also mail a check to:

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 200-B

San Rafael, CA 94903


Important Dates

Recorded Content Available

Friday, June 19, 2020 – Friday, July 17, 2020


Virtual Tortoise & Hair Walk

Ends July 31, 2020



Regular Price $50 Per Registration

Registration Deadlines

If you missed the live event you can still register to access the content.

Program at a Glance

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)


Advocacy Day Q&A

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Child Development Q&A

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Doctor Q&A

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Support Group Meetings 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Young Adult Perception Q&A

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Support Group Meetings

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Industry Partner Panel 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Closing Session 4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Dance This Mess Around - 

Our virtual 70s & 80s conference dance

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT