General Information

Please join us to honor the career and scientific achievements of Dr. Kenneth Fischbeck. The goal of this symposium will be to discuss research topics including disease gene identification and therapeutics development in neuromuscular disease. The agenda will include presentations from leading educators and researchers in the fields of polyglutamine and neuromuscular disease. Talks will review the impact of Dr. Fischbeck's research in neurogenetics and therapeutics development. The symposium will be an all-day event on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.


Funding for this event is sponsored by the NINDS Intramural Research Program and by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)

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  • Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)
  • NINDS Intramural Research Program


Gene identification to therapeutics development: A symposium to celebrate the scientific contributions of Kenneth Fischbeck, MD
November 09, 2023 - November 09, 2023
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Max.Capacity: 500 Participants: 115

Special Rules: None


The event will be held at in the NIH Bethesda Campus, building 10, Lipsett Ampitheater  

 Gateway Center Map.pdf

Visitor Information

getting to NIH

The National Institutes of Health, like all Federal Government facilities, has instituted security measures to ensure the safety of our patients, employees, guests and facilities. Please visit the Department of Homeland Security National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)(link is external)site to learn more about any current terrorist threat alerts for government and public entities that may impact NIH security.

All visitors must enter through the NIH Gateway Center. You will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection. Visitors over 15 years of age must provide a form of government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Visitors under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Please be aware: Federal law prohibits the following items on Federal property: firearms, explosives, archery equipment, dangerous weapons, knives with blades over 2¿ inches, alcoholic beverages, open containers of alcohol and marijuana (cannabis).

Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the "Metro" site for information on fares and schedules(link is external).

Read our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to safety and security at the NIH, including information about pedestrian entrances, parking and general campus access.

NIH Gateway Center

Visitors will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.

The NIH Gateway Center is located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike / Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). It combines visitor parking, non-commercial vehicle inspection and visitor ID processing, all in one location. The NIH will process all visitors in vehicles or as pedestrians.


Please note: visitor parking is limited at NIH. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the "Metro" site for information on fares and schedules(link is external).

The Gateway complex also includes MLP-11, a 342-space, multi-level underground parking garage. This visitor-only lot is the primary visitor parking for the NIH main campus. We strongly encourage all visitors to park in this garage as there will be limited visitor parking on campus, other than for patients and visitors to the Clinical Center. Vehicles parking in MLP-11 are outside of the perimeter security and will not go through vehicle inspection, reducing the amount of time it takes to get on campus.

The cost to park in MLP-11 is $2 per hour for the first three hours, $12 maximum for the entire day. This is the same rate currently charged for all visitor parking at the NIH.
Visitors parking in MLP-11 should proceed to the Gateway Center to get a visitor badge and either walk or take a shuttle bus to their destination.

MLP-11 Hours of Operation:

6am¿9pm (entrance)
6am¿11pm (exit)


When MLP-11 is closed, visitors can park in lots on the NIH main campus.

Vehicles left in the MLP-11 parking garage after 11pm on weekdays or during weekends are subject to ticketing and towing.


Sponsored by: FAES
The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) is pleased to support the Dr. Fischbeck Symposium. FAES programs complement the work of NIH in accomplishing its mission of seeking and applying fundamental knowledge about the biomedical sciences. FAES is committed to supporting the academic and professional advancement of our community of learners through a constantly evolving curriculum and award-winning learner-centered approach to faculty development. Our Academic Programs department offers high quality, innovative, and flexible online continuing education and training, and we support our faculty in delivering impactful learning experiences through courses and workshops designed and taught according to research-based best practices. To learn more and to register, visit