(New York, NY ) June 14, 2021 – Nearly 2,100 registrants from more than 33 countries participated in the Virtual 36th Annual HDSA Convention this past weekend. The four-day virtual event featured world-class presentations on the latest in Huntington’s disease research and care. Despite not being able to meet in-person, the Virtual HDSA Convention allowed guests to connect virtually through the HDSA Convention app and visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall.

The HDSA Convention was kicked off by an inspiring keynote address from world-renowned speaker and best-selling author Jon Gordon who gave valuable tips on the power of positive thinking. In addition to the incredible workshops, attendees also enjoyed the NYA Talent Show, Back to the 80’s Trivia & Costume Contest and the Closing Ceremony. During Sunday’s Closing Ceremony, HDSA’s President & Chief Executive Officer Louise Vetter along with Dr. Victor Sung, Chair of HDSA’s National Board of Trustees, presented the following national awards:

Person of the Year Award: Yvonne Sweeten

Marjorie Guthrie Award: E.J. Garner

Woody Guthrie Award: Doug Schulte

Youth / JHD Award: Jenna & Gia Mannone

Chapter of the Year Award: HDSA Illinois Chapter

Affiliate of the Year Award: HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate

The Closing Ceremony also featured the annual candle lighting ceremony and announced that the 37th Annual HDSA Convention will be held in Atlanta, GA on June 9-11, 2022 at the Marriott Marquis.

Thank you to our incredible sponsors, exhibitors and partners who helped make the Virtual 36th Annual HDSA Convention a massive success.

All recorded sessions from the Virtual 36th Annual HDSA Convention will be available in early July at www.HDSA.org/convention.

See you next year in Atlanta!