Meeting Location

Natcher Conference Center, 45 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20894 / Videocast (https://videocast.nih.gov/).

The meeting will take place in the lower level Auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) on the main campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. You may review the Visitor Access Map prior to your arrival.

Access to the NIH Main Campus (visitor information)

The Visitors Center is located at the Medical Center Metro Station entrance on the Red Line www.wmata.com, approximately 50 yards from the street and facing the main entrance to the metro station. Enter at the blue Welcome sign and proceed to your right through security. All persons and bags will be screened. Lines to obtain your visitor's badge will be on the other side of security. Please allow adequate time to get to the NIH main campus and to get through security. You will need to obtain a visitor's badge, so please bring a government-issued photo ID.

Getting to the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) and the Meeting

Once you obtain your visitor's badge, proceed up the stairs or elevator to the exit for the Natcher Conference Center. Once outside, follow the signs to the Natcher Conference Center; the curved, glass building should be straight ahead with the entrance at the end of the walkway. Proceed through the doors of the Natcher Conference Center and down to the lower level for the lower lobby. The registration desk and the Auditorium will be on the lower level.

Ground Transportation

Transportation from area airports is available via taxi service. Approximate one-way taxi fares during non-rush hours are as follows:

From Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): $65 (Washington, DC area subway system, METRO is also available at this airport. Information on the Metro transit system, including fares, schedules, and estimated travel times from other stops, can be found at www.wmata.com.

From Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI): $90

From Dulles International Airport (IAD): $70

Shuttle: Super Shuttle service is also available at the approximate rate of $40–$60 (800) 258-3826, https://www.supershuttle.com/.

Public Transit

The Washington D.C. Metrorail system has a station on the NIH campus called "Medical Center." Information on the Metro transit system, including fares, schedules, and estimated travel times from other stops, can be found at www.wmata.com.


Driving is strongly discouraged, but limited parking is available on campus for $12/day at the Gateway Entrance visitors parking garage (see visitor parking lot labeled MLP11 in the green box on the Visitor Access Map).


Federal Government regulations prohibit meals being provided at this workshop. Food and beverages can be purchased from the cafeteria off the main lobby of Building 45. The cafeteria hours are 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Boxed Lunches- Order your lunch online

Boxed lunches will be available for online purchase via credit card during both days of the meeting. You can view ordering instructions and the web link on the "Lunch Order" tab.
PLEASE NOTE: All orders for February 12th must be placed and paid for by 4 p.m. (ET) February 7th. All orders for February 13th must be placed and paid for by 4 p.m. (ET) February 8th.
You must follow the instructions given on the link to ensure your orders are delivered on time and to the right location.

If you have any questions or problems ordering your boxed lunch, please contact Monica Flemming at 301-496-5980 or flemminm@mail.nih.gov.

Please note that there is no food or drink allowed in the Natcher Auditorium.

Internet Access

Free and open Wi-Fi is available on the NIH main campus. SSID "NIH-Guest-Network" is open and in broadcast mode in your available wireless networks.


To make a reservation at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel (5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814) please call (301) 897-9400 or (800) 228-9290 and ask for the SCI 2020: NIH Spinal Cord Injury Research Summit rate. You may also reserve a room through the SCI2020 hotel portal: https://book.passkey.com/e/49776133. We have reserved a block of rooms for the nights of February 11-14, 2019 at the government rate. Please book early because space is limited. The rate will be available until January 7, 2019 or until all of the rooms are reserved, whichever comes first.


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