All NIH visitors must go through a security clearance at the NIH Gateway Center to receive a visitor's badge. Visitors may be required to pass through a metal detector and have bags/purses inspected or x-rayed. All visitors must present a government-issued photo ID to enter the campus. Please arrive early to allow yourself enough time to get through the security process and make it to the meeting location on time.

See http://www.nih.gov/about/visitor/ for more information.


The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) 45 Center Drive, Bethesda MD 20892 is located on the NIH main campus.

Visitor parking is limited, so we recommend you take public transportation, if possible. The campus is located on the Red Line at the “Medical Center” Metro stop.

Public Transportation

The Washington D.C. Metrorail system has a station on the NIH campus called "Medical Center". Once you exit the Medical Center Metro Station proceed to the NIH Gateway Center for security clearance. After passing through the security checkpoint at the NIH Gateway center; The Natcher Conference Center is located a short distance behind the Gateway Center.

Metrorail service is available from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and from Union Station (railway). Take Metro's Red Line to the Medical Center Station.

For more information, visit Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

The estimated fare (one-way) from the three local airports to Natcher are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): $65
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): $85
  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI): $95

Lodging Accommodations:

To make a reservation at the Double Tree Hotel Bethesda, please call 301-652-2000 and ask for the NINDS InTBIR 2019 meeting rate. You may also book online at the hotel website. We have reserved a block of rooms for the nights of October 22nd - October 26th at the government rate of $240 per night. Please book early because space is limited. The rate will be available until September 30th, or until all rooms are reserved, whichever comes first.

The hotel is ideally located along the Red Line at the “Bethesda” Metro stop. Travel time from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to the hotel is 45 minutes by Metro. Fares range from $2.75 (off-peak) to $5.00 (peak).


Boxed lunches will be available to pre-order. Information on how to place an order is available under the "Lunch Orders" tab.  


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