10 Reasons to Attend ASAP’s 35th Annual Conference

The American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project is proud to celebrate 2023 as our 35th year of providing face-to-face education and support at an annual conference. Along with the countless reasons to visit sunny San Diego, here are ten reasons to attend the annual conference.

  1. See presentations from 20+ top specialists of syringomyelia, Chiari and related disorders.

ASAP knows Chiari and syringomyelia patients often battle multiple disorders and comorbidities. Presentations will cover related disorders including, craniocervical instability, mast cell syndrome, tethered cord syndrome, connective tissues disorders, pediatrics and more.

  1. Hear world renowned doctors share differing strategies on controversial topics.

From “The Librarian Who Couldn’t Wink” to medical marijuana, the hot topics covered in the 2023 conference are sure to spark your curiosity. Come learn about differing opinions for surgical techniques and even participation in sports.

  1. Exchange coping strategies with people who face the same challenges as you.

With every unique journey comes with its own learning and understanding. There will be ample opportunity to engage with your CM/SM peers during cocktail hours, dinner, social outings and downtime. Family members and caregivers are always encouraged to attend.

  1. Get inspired to face your chronic illness head-on.

Take the next step in your healing journey. Meet ASAP champions who donate countless hours of their time to promote awareness for Chiari and Syringomyelia. Some of our members have established impactful fundraisers that help support continued industry research.

  1. Meet face-to-face with online support group friends and others who share your journey.

ASAP connects thousands of members and subscribers to online and local support groups. The annual conference offers a rare opportunity to interact with like-minded friends who might have felt alone during these past years of quarantine.

  1. Learn about the latest industry research.

The ASAP annual conference is a host of world-renowned surgeons and top experts. Conference speakers are engaged with cutting edge research and decades of experience.

  1. Interact with doctors in social settings.

ASAP conferences offer several opportunities to interact with experts in a casual setting. We encourage you to feel less pressure (and no co-pays!) to engage with attending medical specialists.

  1. Have your burning questions answered during Q & A Panels.

Each day offers (2) two question-and-answer sessions with top neurology doctors. Bring your notepad and come prepared with questions. This is a can’t miss one-on-one opportunity. Questions should be presented in a generic form.

  1. Enjoy lots of good food and discounted hotel rooms included with conference registration.

The Westgate Hotel includes fantastic amenities with an unbeatable reduced room rate for ASAP conference attendees. Your conference registration includes an opening reception dinner at the famous San Diego Zoo, buffet breakfast on Thursday and Friday, and closing cocktail reception on Friday.

  1. Embark on a private journey to the world-famous San Diego Zoo!

As an added bonus to help celebrate our 35th anniversary, a zoo excursion is included with every registration ticket. Spend time viewing your favorite animals and foliage before embarking on a double decker bus tour of the zoo property. Dinner will be provided at the Tree Tops Room and Decks. Family and friends are welcome to purchase tickets to join this marvelous evening.

Reserved discounted rooms end July 6.

Register here for the 2023 conference