Annual Conference

2020 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.

Covid-19 Update

New virtual symposium. In-Person meeting cancelled.

At this time, we regret to inform you that the in-person conference in Tucson, AZ will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 / novel Coronavirus pandemic. 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 May and June to provide key research updates from APMRF-funded researchers and invited speakers, clinical trial updates, and other select research topics.

These symposia will be tentatively held from 11 AM to 2PM eastern time on: Monday, May 11, Monday, May 18, Tuesday, May 26, & Monday, June 1. Please hold these time slots for now, and more information and a schedule will be sent out in early May.

Further information and a schedule of talks will be sent out in early May. If you would like to be considered for a platform presentation, please submit your abstract no later than May 1st to

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. We are anticipating having some short talks and posters available to registrants, so please consider an abstract for these.

Virtual Symposium Dates

These symposia will be tentatively held from 11am to 2pm EST on:

  • Monday, May 11
  • Monday, May 18
  • Tuesday, May 26
  • Monday, June 1

Please note, this is an invitation-only conference. Please contact Sean Kassen at if you wish to be included in the 2020 conference.

Parseghian Family

Please register to join the virtual symposium

Please note that you will be required to virtually sign a waiver to get access to the secure link before logging into the conference.
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Tentative Virtual Symposium Schedule

The schedule of the conference 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.

Featured Speakers

  • Robert Keenan, Professor, University of Chicago
  • Adrian Salic, Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Judy Storch, Professor & Executive Editor, BBA Molecular & Cell Biology of Lipids, Rutgers University
  • Arun Radhakrishnan; Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern
  • Mike Henne, Assistant Professor & Endowed Scholar, University of Texas Southwestern
  • Bjorn Pedersen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University


All Abstracts must be submitted by May 1st. 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