Visitor Information

Symposium Location

This meeting will take place at Rockledge II, 6701 Rocklege Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817. While very close, none of the sessions will take place on the NIH main Bethesda campus. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Melissa Hill at


Morning and afternoon meals will all be provided on site. Warm breakfast with coffee/tea will be served (courtesy of NIH FAES). A delicious warm lunch with beverage selections will be provided (courtesy of Chimerix).  


Shuttle service will provide transportation from Embassy Suites by Hilton Bethesda, starting at 7:15am and provide return trips to the hotel at approximately 5:15pm. 

Driving Directions

From I-495 (Capital Beltway) in Northern Virginia:
Take I-495 (Capital Beltway) northbound (Inner Loop).
Stay to the left and enter I-270 North at the I-270 spur.
Take Exit 1 to Democracy Boulevard.
At the third traffic light, turn left onto Fernwood Drive.
At the third traffic light, turn right onto Rockledge Drive.
Follow Rockledge Drive about 1/2 mile.
Rockledge I & II are located on your left.

From I-495 (Capital Beltway) in Maryland:
Take I-495 (Capital Beltway) westbound (Outer Loop).
Stay to the right to enter I-270 North at the I-270 spur.
Take Exit 1B and turn left at the traffic light at the top of the ramp onto Rockledge Drive.
At the first light, yield to the right to stay on Rockledge Drive.
Rockledge I & II are located on your right.


At 6701 and 6705 Rockledge Drive parking lots, the building owner has marked designated parking spaces that may include, but are not limited to, TENANT PARKING, VISITOR PARKING, RESERVED PARKING, HANDICAP PARKING, NO PARKING, etc. Any space not otherwise marked is designated for TENANT ONLY PARKING.

Tenant Parking

Tenants must have a valid NIH parking permit issued by ORS displayed in their vehicle at all times in order to park in the parking lots. Parking hangers must be displayed without obstructions. Parking hangers must be hung from the rearview mirror and dash board permits must be placed on the drivers' side dashboard. Vehicles with no permit or failure to display the parking permit properly, may result in the vehicle being towed from the premises.

Visitor/Guest Parking

Visitor/Guest: A person who is NOT a tenant in the building as a permanent duty station.

  • Visitor/Guest parking is only allowed in spaces designated for "VISITOR/GUEST PARKING."
  • Tenants are not eligible for Visitor/Guest Parking.
  • All Visitor/Guest must obtain a valid temporary parking plaque from the guard's desk located in the lobbies of either 6701 and 6705 Rockledge Drive. This plaque must be displayed on the driver's dashboard at all times while vehicle is parked on the premises.

Additional Parking

Additional parking can be found at nearby public parking garages.

  • 6720 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817
  • 6700 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817
  • 6555 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817

Building Security

At the building entrances where guards are posted:

  • Employees must show a DHHS-issued photo ID (for example, your NIH-issued ID badge).
  • Visitors may be required to log in, wear a visitors pass and have an employee escort them through the building.
  • Visitors may be required to pass through a metal detector and have bags, backpacks or purses inspected or x-rayed as they enter buildings.
  • Security staff will be looking for and confiscating any suspicious or potentially dangerous materials. U.S. Code prohibits bringing any dangerous weapons onto Federal property, including anything with a blade longer than 2 1/2 inches. Meeting participants may want to leave extra bags or personal materials at their hotel to minimize the time needed for inspection.

After-hours building access will require the use of an employee ID on electronic access card readers at building entrances and certain internal areas.