AFTD’s 2020 Education Conference: Fri., April 17

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The AFTD’s 2020 Education Conference will be held on Friday, April 17, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore. Join us for a day of learning, sharing and making connections with others in the FTD community.

Every year, AFTD brings together people living with FTD, their care partners and families, researchers, and healthcare professionals to learn about the latest in FTD research, care and support strategies, and opportunities to engage further with the AFTD community.

Download this flyer for more information.


Click here to register for the conference. Registration is $50 ($75 for healthcare professionals).

If you cannot afford the registration fee, but would like to attend, please contact [email protected] to request a waiver code prior to registration. Only people with FTD and current care partners/caregivers/family members are eligible for this option.

To book a hotel room using the special group rate, look under the Logistics section below.

The Day’s Program

Featured speakers at this year’s conference include:

  • Halima Amjad, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Murray Grossman, M.D., Ed.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn FTD Center
  • Chiadi Onyike, M.D., MHS, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the FTD and Young-Onset Dementias Program at Johns Hopkins University
  • Katie Brandt, MM, Director of Caregiver Support Services in the FTD Unit at Mass General and Co-Chair of the NAPA Advisory Council
  • Jennifer Pilcher, Ph.D, CMC, Founder of Clear Guidance, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aging Life Care
  • The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, MDiv, Dean Emeritus of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio

In addition, a strong slate of healthcare professionals and other FTD experts will present interactive breakout sessions throughout the afternoon, exploring clinical issues and care strategies related to FTD symptoms. Additional networking sessions will provide former caregivers, current care partners, and persons diagnosed opportunities to connect.

Click here for a full list of conference breakout sessions.


Attendees to the AFTD Education Conference always let us know how valuable an experience it is to be among people who understand the FTD journey. But if you are unable to join us in person, you can livestream portions of the conference online, free of charge. A link to the livestream registration will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Keynote Speaker

Our 2020 Keynote Speaker will be Rome Hartman, a producer of the venerable CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes. In May 2019, Mr. Hartman co-produced a segment on FTD for 60 Minutes that brought FTD awareness to millions of national television viewers.

At AFTD’s 2019 Hope Rising Benefit in New York City, Mr. Hartman spoke about what he learned about FTD while reporting the 60 Minutes story. FTD “is often very confusing and frightening, both for people living with [the disease] and for caregivers, because a timely and accurate diagnosis is still so elusive for so many,” he said. “And — perhaps most striking to me — people coping with FTD display remarkable courage and determination.”

Sponsorship Opportunities

AFTD offers a range of corporate and nonprofit sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Education Conference. Your sponsorship can bring support and connection for families facing FTD today — and bring closer a world without this disease. Click here or contact AFTD Development Manager Amanda Knight for more information.


The conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. A social reception will follow, to which all attendees are invited.

A block of hotel rooms at the Sheraton has been reserved for the nights of April 15-17 at a negotiated rate of $149 per night, plus tax. The deadline to secure a room at the group rate is Wednesday, March 25 by 6:00 p.m. EST. Click here to reserve a room online, or, to reserve by phone, call 1-800-325-3535 and refer to the meeting name (AFTD conference). This room block is filling up rapidly; availability is currently very limited.

The Sheraton is centrally located in downtown Baltimore, and is a short cab ride from BWI Airport and Amtrak’s Baltimore Penn Station.

AFTD offers modest financial assistance, in the form of Comstock Travel Grants, for people with FTD and care partners interested in attending the conference. These grants can be used to defray the cost of travel, lodging, and conference fees in order to attend. For more information, click here and view “Travel Grants.”