Registration is free of charge. Please register before February 22, 2019 if you would like your name to appear in the printed program.

Meeting Location

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

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.

Access to the NIH Main Campus

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 remember to bring a government-issued photo ID. Maps of the main campus are available in the Visitor Center.

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 the registration desk and Balcony B will be on your left.

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

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, 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).

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.


Per government policies, NIH cannot provide meals during the workshop. The Natcher Conference Center has a limited capacity cafeteria located on the main level serving breakfast and lunch. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is also a convenience store and vending machines in the Natcher Conference Center. Lister Hill Center (building 38A), just steps away from Natcher, also features an excellent full-service cafeteria (level B-1).


Please contact hotels directly to make your own reservations. The following hotels are located near Metro Red Line stations.

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
(near Bethesda metro station)
One Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, MD 20814

DoubleTree Bethesda
(near Bethesda metro station)
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda MD 20814




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