After registering for the conference, make sure to book your travel and accommodations.

Hotels & Booking Information

The conference will be held at the Hyatt House Hotel in Emeryville, CA on Friday September 22, 2023.

Other hotels in the area: 

Flights & Travel

Local Bay Area airports are Oakland (OAK), which is most convenient, and San Francisco (SFO).

Take advantage of TSA Cares during your travel  – “TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process.” 

Below are some detailed travel resources for people with disabilities:

The best options for Bay Area travel are BART + Emery-Go-Round or Lyft/Uber. You can probably make do without needing to rent a car and get around on public transit. 

Directions to the Hyatt House in Emeryville for BART + Emery-Go-Round:

Medical Transportation Options

If you require travel support, please contact us at  Travel scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis.

Childcare information

You are welcome to bring your children with you to the conference. A Helping Hand for Childcare will be available during the family meeting for both affected children and siblings at the Hyatt House Hotel.  When you register, just make sure to select the Family + Children ticket option.

Please take note of our liability release:

I, the parent/guardian, hereby represent that I am 18 years or older and that I am authorized to grant permission on behalf of the participant(s) under my guardianship. I agree to assume full responsibility for the acts, negligence or omissions of said participant.

It is the responsibility of the parent to read and adhere to all guidelines and age restrictions. All children who are under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver at all times. In the event the age guidelines are not followed, a parent may be asked to stay or the child may be dismissed from the activity.

By registering for this program, I hereby give permission for medical professionals to provide emergency services to my child(ren) if necessary and agree to hold Cure GM1 Foundation, staff, and their volunteers harmless of any said illness, injury, or disease.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform staff of allergies prior to the conference.

By registering for this program, I further understand and agree that my child(ren) will abide by the general rules of conduct and that violations may result in denial of future privileges and removal from the program activities.

I grant and convey to Cure GM1 Foundation all right, title, and interests in any photographs, images, video, or audio recordings of me, my likeness and my child(ren) made by Cure GM1 Foundation in connection with my attendance at the GM1 Symposium.

By registering, I agree to the above terms and conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the conference be held? – The conference will take place on Friday, September 22, 2023 at the Hyatt House Hotel in Emeryville, CA, which is in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tentative time is from 9am to 5pm. 

Is there a fee to attend the conference? – Yes, there are fees for non-GM1 families. Registration is free for GM1 families.

Can I bring my children? – Yes, there will be childcare provided for GM1 families who wish to bring their children. 

How do I sign up? – You can register at: 

Will research updates be presented? – Yes, similar to our in-person conference, we will be providing research updates.

Will I be able to understand the presentations if I am a layperson and not a scientist? – The talks are specifically intended to be presented to the general public.

Is this relevant to me if my child who suffered from GM1 passed away? – Absolutely! You can help by attending and honoring your child’s legacy while supporting patient advocacy and other families.

Will this conference have a virtual component? – Yes. The conference will take place in person, but all sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend.  In addition, we will have the option to attend via zoom. 

Do I need to download an app to access the virtual conference? – No, the virtual component of the conference will take place on Zoom, which has an optional app but is not required. 

Will there be a webcast or recording made available to those who cannot attend? – We will post the videos on the Cure GM1 Foundation YouTube channel following the conference.

Is this conference open to GM1 families outside of the United States? – Yes, the conference is open to anyone in the world, though attending virtually may, understandably, be easier for those outside the United States. 

Will I still get to connect with other GM1 parents? – Yes! There will be opportunities to connect via chat and in sessions.

Can my extended family join the conference? – Yes, we would love to have any extended family join who are interested.

If you have any other questions not answered here, please feel free to reach out to