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FAST to Host In-Person Science Summit and Gala in 2021

FAST, the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics, is pleased to announce a hybrid Global Science Summit and Gala set to take place on December 3rd – 4th 2021. FAST has worked hard to ensure that the Angelman community can unite for an in-person event. The health and safety of the Angelman community is FAST’s top priority and, because of that, guests can choose to attend either in-person or virtually. FAST is excited to unveil an exciting twist to this year’s Science Summit and Gala.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions, FAST could not confidently plan and host an in-person event in Chicago, Illinois. FAST had to consider alternative locations that could meet the needs of the community while keeping everyone’s safety the top priority. FAST is beyond excited to celebrate with the Angelman community in a new location – Austin, Texas. Although, we hope to return to Chicago as we begin to plan our 2022 Science Summit and Gala.

The Science Summit and Gala will focus on research – Research aimed at identifying treatments for Angelman syndrome is one of FAST’s top priorities. The event will feature updates on the latest Angelman syndrome research and clinical trials from the top scientists and industry leaders, educational workshops for caregivers, therapists, and teachers, and helpful vendors that provide Angelman families with the necessary goods and services to support their loved ones living with Angelman syndrome. The two-day event will conclude with a show-stopping gala featuring unique entertainment and special guests.

Considering that everything is bigger in Texas, we are thrilled to host an in-person Science Summit and Gala, albeit in a new and exciting location. The FAST Summit and Gala is an opportunity for the Angelman community to connect face-to-face, learn about the astonishing science and pharmaceutical advancements, and raise a significant amount of money to fund research that will move new treatments for Angelman syndrome forward. As always, the sole mission of FAST is to find a cure for Angelman syndrome – FAST is moving forward towards that mission every day together. The Science Summit and Gala is an opportunity to celebrate all of the incredible scientific advancements.

Just as FAST has done in previous years, FAST will announce our parent ticket giveaway, scholarship opportunities and special guests as the event get closer. FAST has many exciting details that they can’t wait to share with the Angelman community very soon!

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