Ataxia Investigators Meetings

Launched in 2005, NAF’s biennial Ataxia Investigators Meeting (AIM) brings together world-leading Ataxia clinicians and scientists who are working to accelerate the pace of Ataxia research, better understand the disease, and develop therapies.

AIM 2020: Leveraging Therapeutic Opportunity into Novel Treatment Paradigms, will be held on March 3-6, 2020 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. 

The final agenda of the AIM is not yet available however, AIM begins at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 with a Welcome Reception and opening remarks from Dr. Albert La Spada. The scientific sessions begin on Wednesday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m. and end on Friday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m.


This meeting will address 5 themes:

  1. Cerebellar function and dysfunction.
  2. Neuroprotective targets and strategies.
  3. Disease modeling and mechanisms.
  4. Emerging therapeutic modalities and biomarker discovery.
  5. Clinical trial organization.

The meeting chair is Dr. Al La Spada at Duke University and co-chair is Dr. Stefan Pulst at University of Utah.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 15, 2019.  Selected abstracts will be announced on December 13, 2019. View abstract submission information.

Early career Ataxia researchers, women, and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to submit abstracts.

To be included on the AIM 2020 email list, contact Sue Hagen at

Registration Information

Registration for AIM will open on December 16, 2019. Please register early as space is limited. The AIM registration fees will be:

Hotel Reservations

The Sheraton Denver Downtown is the official conference hotel of the 2020 NAF Ataxia Investigators Meeting. It is located at 1550 Court Place, Denver CO 80202. Hotel reservations at the group rate will remain available 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.

Rooms must be booked directly through the hotel. Book a 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 number of people in your room when making your room reservation.

Sponsorship support for 2018 AIM provided by:

Previous AIM Photos


AIM 2018 Investigators Group Shot


AIM 2016 Investigators Group Shot


AIM 2014 Investigators Group Shot


AIM 2012 Investigators Group Shot


AIM 2010 Investigators Group Shot


Meeting Program (PDF) Links