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NIH 12th Annual Pain Consortium Symposium on Multidisciplinary Strategies for Pain, 5-31 through 6-1-17


Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, MD 20814

Meeting Location

The meeting will take place in the lower level Auditorium and Atrium of the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) on the main campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Detailed information regarding getting to the meeting can be found below. Directions and a campus map indicating the Natcher Conference Center and the nearest Metro (subway) stop (Medical Center, on the Red Line) can be found below. 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.


Federal Government regulations prohibit meals being provided at the symposium. There may be a coffee cart in the lower lobby available at certain times for a fee. Food and beverage can also be purchased from the cafeteria off the main lobby of Building 45. The cafeteria hours are 6:30 am to 2:30 pm. On Wednesday, May 31, to avoid the lines in the cafeteria at lunch, you may opt to pre-purchase a box lunch during the registration process, provided by Corner Bakery, for pick up in the foyer of the Natcher Auditorium.

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

Internet Access

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

Security and Transportation Instructions

The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) is on the main campus of the NIH next to the main visitor Gateway Center. Please review the Visitor Access Map prior to your arrival. Information on the Metro transit system, including fares, schedules, and estimated travel times from other stops, can be found at

Access to the NIH Main Campus

The Visitors Center is located at the Medical Center Metro Station entrance on the Red Line, 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 main campus are available in the Visitor Center.

If you are staying at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, the hotel is also located on the Metro at the Bethesda Metro Station, one stop from Medical Center on the Red Line. Taxis will be available from the Hyatt Regency. It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to arrive at the NIH campus.

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).

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 (from area airports)

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 (1-800-258-3826,

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