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NIH 19th Annual Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research, 5-30-24 through 5-31-24


Meeting Location

The meeting will take place in 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.

Food and Beverage

The Natcher Cafeteria is open Tuesday-Thursday between 11:30 am – 1:30 PM. Available for purchase are hot weigh-and-pay, grab-n-go salads and sandwiches, assorted sushi, and assorted bottled beverages. Pop-up service is available Mondays and Fridays. Vending machines (snacks and cold beverages) are also available in the Natcher Conference Center.

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

Networking Lunch

Take the opportunity to connect with your fellow members of the pain community and meet with NIH staff. Networking opportunities will be available in Rooms F/1/F2 and G1/G2.

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

Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) is on the main campus of NIH. 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.

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.

There are shuttle buses that leave from the Gateway Center and will drop you off at Natcher. Please take the Purple Express Campus Shuttle. The Natcher Conference Center will be the first stop. Follow the signs to the registration desk and Auditorium on the lower level.

Map of Natcher Conference Center, Building 45

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): $80
From Dulles International Airport (IAD): $65

Area Hotels

There are multiple hotels located close to the NIH Campus. To see a full list, click this link: Additional Lodging

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