Annual Conference
Virtual Symposiums

2021 Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C Research

Basic, translational, and clinical research towards a greater understanding and a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C disease.


It was our hope that we could host a hybrid in-person/virtual conference, but regrettably we will have to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy that the vaccine roll out is continuing to ramp up.  However, we still recognize a lot of uncertainty remains with new variants and the continued high levels of new cases. Moreover, most universities and organizations continue to have travel restrictions that extend to the summer.

This conference has always been a phenomenal opportunity to gather families, scientists, and clinicians to share advances and exchange ideas related to curing NPC disease, which is why we are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to meet together this year.

Because sharing research progress is essential, we are pleased to announce a new format in place of the Tucson conference this year to make this possible.  We will host a series of virtual symposia throughout the month of June to provide key research updates from APMRF-funded researchers and invited speakers, clinical trial updates, and other select research topics. These symposia will tentatively be held from 11 AM to 2PM eastern time on:

Monday, June 7
Monday, June 14
Monday, June 21
Monday, June 28

Please hold these time slots for now. Further information and a schedule of talks will be sent out in mid-May.  If you would like to be considered for a short presentation during our breakout sessions, please submit your abstract no later than May 15.  The symposia will be hosted on a password protected Zoom platform so they will be secure and you will be required to sign a waiver to participate.

2021 virtual Symposiums

June 7, 11 am -2pm
June 14, 11 am -2pm
June 21, 11 am -2pm
June 28, 11 am -2pm

Parseghian Family

About the Conference

The schedule of the symposiums has not been set, but will include sessions on NPC1 structure and function, autophagy, cholesterol trafficking, lysosomal biology, therapeutics, gene therapy, biomarkers, and newborn screening. There will also be multiple breakout sessions

All Abstracts must be submitted by May 15. They should be written as lay descriptions for public dissemination and should be no longer than one page. We will select additional platform talks from the submitted abstracts.

For abstract submission, or if you have any questions, please send to Sean Kassen

Register for the Virtual Symposiums

To register for the virtual symposiums, click on the button below.

*Please note, this is an invite only conference and all attendees will be asked to sign a confidentiality waiver.  Please reach out to Sean Kassen at if you wish to be added to the invite list.

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