2019 ASF Research Symposium
& Family Conference

Louisville, Kentucky

Research Symposium July 23 – 24  |  Family Conference 24 – 27

Angelman Syndrome Foundation 2019 Research Symposium and Family Conference

AS Families fight for their loved one with AS every day. What better place to gather than Louisville, the home of Muhammad Ali – the place where he started his fight. The gloves are off as we come together for interactive learning sessions, activities and 1:1 opportunities to engage with AS experts and peers.

Together we will all knock out AS!  #knockoutAS

About the 2019 Conference

Thank you to our 2019 Conference Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor

Biogen is a Diamond Sponsor of the2019 Angelman Syndrome Conference

Diamond Sponsor

Ovid Therapeutics - Bold Medicine

Diamond Sponsor


This is a tentative schedule that will be updated and changed as plans/speakers are finalized.


Wednesday, July 24

10:00 am – 6:30 pm
ASF Family Conference Registration Desk Open

12 Noon – 4:00 pm
Sibshops: For Siblings Only (Ages 5 – 18+)
See session description



12:15 – 12:25 pm
ASF Conference Welcome and Opening Session:  Who is the ASF and What Do We Do?  What to Expect at this Conference. What’s the Same, Improved, New!
Justin Grill, ASF Board President  |  Amanda Moore, ASF CEO  |  Elizabeth Jalazo, Clinical Director


12:25 – 1:25 pm
AS Clinics: What to Expect with Your Visits
Connie Krueger, RN – Mayo Clinic  |  Mark Nespeca, MD – Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego  |  Ron Thibert, MD, MsPH – Massachusetts General Hospital


1:25 – 2:00 pm
Keynote Research Speaker: Research Updates
Stormy Chamberlain, PhD  |  Ben Philpot, PhD


2:00 – 3:15 pm
Updates from Ionis, Ovid and Roche


3:15 – 4:00 pm
Current Treatments and Efficacy in AS
Jessica Duis, MD  |  Mark Nespeca, MD  |  Elizabeth Berry-Kravitz, MD, PhD  |  Ron Thibert, MD, MsPH


15 Minute Break


4:15 – 5:15 pm  
Just for Moms
Royal Tea Party (see description)
Alice Evans  |  Kathy McCullough
Just for Grandparents


5:15 – 6:00 pm  
Just for Moms
session can continue if needed
Just for Dads


6:45 – 9:00 pm
Welcome Reception
Heavy appetizers will be available



Thursday, July 25

7:00 am – 4:30 pm
ASF Family Conference Registration Desk Open

7:15 – 8:45 am
Breakfast on your own

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Children’s Activities (Must sign up by July 1 through Conference registration)
Children, Individuals with AS and their care providers will visit Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay.  Cost is $25/person.



9:00 – 10:30 am
A to Z / Angelman throughout the Lifespan
ASF AS Clinical Network Team: Jessica Duis, MD, MS |  Mark Nespeca, MD  |  Ron Thibert, MD, MsPH  


30 Minute Coffee Break


11:00 am – 12 Noon
Seizures in Angelman Syndrome
ASF AS Clinic Neurologist Panel: Ron Thibert, MD, MsPH  |  Mark Nespeca, MD – Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego  |  Elizabeth Berry-Kravitz, MD, PhD, Rush University Medical Center  |  Gali Heimer, MD, PhD, Israeli AS Clinic at The Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital


12 Noon – 1:15 pm
Lunch on your own



1:15 – 2:30 pm  
GI Issues
Kriston Gianguli, MD
Approaches I
Jane Summers, PhD  & Erik Sell, MD
AS Genetics 101
Jessica Duis, MD, MS


2:45 – 4:00 pm  
LGIT & Ketogenic Diets
Jessica Duis, MD, MS
Approaches II
Medical Emergencies and Preparedness
Justin Grill, DO
Autism Features in Chromosome 15 Disorders
Emma Baker, BPsySc, PhD

15 Minute Break


4:15 – 5:30 pm  
Anxiety & Challenging
Christopher Keary, MD
Sleep Issues
Amanda Tourjee, RN


5:30 – 6:45 pm
Dinner on your own


Evening Drop in Sessions
(more information to come)


Friday, July 26

8:30 am – 5:30 pm
ASF Family Conference Registration Desk Open

7:15 – 8:45 am
Breakfast on your own

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Children’s Activities (Must sign up by July 1 through Conference registration)
Children, Individuals with AS and their care providers will visit The Louisville Zoo. Cost is $25/person.




 Unless stated, sessions are lead by Pat Hornbecker, Kathy Johnson and Matt Johnson

8:30 AM
Landscape of resources for Adults with Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Donovan Fornwalt, CEO of Kentucky Council of Developmental Disabilities


9:30 AM
Chipping Away at the Mountain: How and Where to Start, Where to Go, How to Get There. Your Action Plan.


15 Minute Break


10:45 AM
How to Find, Hire, Train & Retain Careproviders


12:00 Noon
Lunch on your own


1:15 PM
Housing Options


15 Minute Break


2:45 – 4:00 PM  
Life Away from Home:
Day Programs
& Employment
Living a Self-Determined Life at Home & In the Community


4:15 PM
Letting Go, Trust, POA, MPOA, Continued Involvement, Independence: A How-To for Parents


Sessions lead by Erin Sheldon, M.Ed, ABA and ASF Communication Advisory Committee

See session descriptions

8:30 AM
Communication starts with listening

9:30 AM
I do, we do, you do: Speak AAC to teach AAC


15 Minute Break


10:45 AM
Communication is how we PLAY!


12 Noon
Lunch on your own


1:15 PM
How do families keep going with AAC?


15 Minute Break


2:45 PM
Partnering with schools or agencies


4:15 PM
Communication Autonomy in Action: Hands-on, in-depth experience session


Saturday, July 27

7:15 – 8:30 am
Breakfast on your own



8:30 – 9:45 am
Advocating for your Child
at IEP Meetings
Michelle Harvey, MEd, ABA
Government Benefits & Resources
Eric Wright, Ed. D.
Special Needs Trusts & Life Vision Planning
Mary Anne Ehlert, Protected Tomorrows


10:00 – 11:15 am
IEP Goals & Objectives
Michelle Harvey, MEd, ABA
Telling your Story: Effective Advocating
Pat Hornbecker
Special Needs Trusts & Life Vision Planning (cont’d)


15 Minute Break


11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Now What? Bringing it all Together: What We’ve Learned & Where to Go from Here?


12:30 pm
Closing Session


The 2019 ASF Conference will take place at the:

Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202

Marriott Louisville Downtown

Room rate: $159/night + tax

Group name: Angelman Syndrome

Hotel space books up as the conference gets closer.  Make sure to reserve your room as soon as possible to ensure you will be in the same hotel as the conference.

A Few Highlights of the Louisville Marriott Downtown

Convenient meeting and gathering spaces in the hotel
lobby of the Louisville Marriott Downtown  
click to enlarge

Dining in the hotel:
Porch Kitchen & Bar
10 more restaurants located within a half mile

Fitness Center:
24 hour fitness center

Close to local attractions. Within a half mile from:
Muhammad Ali Center
Louisville Slugger Museum
Waterfront Park
Louisville Science Center
See the full list of attractions

Be sure to stop by and visit these exhibitors at the ASF Conference. 

Click to visit their websites for more information about products and services.

Sleep Safe Beds
Abram's Nation logo
Mass Mutual Special Care
MassMutual - Special Care
Adaptive Imports
Angel Wear
Autism Brain Net
Courtney Bed - enclosed bed

Budget Planner

Download our Budget Planning Worksheet and start planning your trip. 


ASF Scholarships
The ASF offers a limited number of scholarships to aid families who may not otherwise be able to attend.  The application deadline was Wednesday, May 1, 2019.