General Meeting Information

Registration Desk

For those who register prior to the October 17, 2001 deadline, registration packets will be ready for pick up at the registration desk located in the lower level of the Natcher Auditorium. On-site registration will be accepted (credit card or check only).


Registration Desk Hours
Thursday, November 8 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday, November 9 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 10 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 11 7:45 am to 8:30 am


Hotel Accommodations

The Hyatt Regency Bethesda has been selected as the official Annual Meeting Headquarters hotel. The Hyatt Regency is located on the metro, only one stop from the NIH Campus. Shuttle service will also be available. To make reservations, please contact the Hyatt Regency directly at the numbers listed below by October 5, 2001 to receive the SBT room rate of $123. Be sure to mention that you are with SBT to receive our special group rate. We can not guarantee this room rate after October 5, 2001, please make your reservations early.


Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center
Wisconsin Ave. at Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Tel: (800) 233-1234 Fax: (301) 657-6453

Please make your reservation by October 5, 2001 to receive the SBT group rate of $123, and be sure to mention that you are with SBT when making your reservation.

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Rooftop health club with heated indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, TVS

  • Children’s playground; seasonal ice skating rink
  • Gift shop; valet laundry; shoeshine service
  • Concierge
  • Business Center
  • Limousine service
  • Underground garage parking
  • Plaza café, a casual 2 meal restaurant
  • 1-800-CHECK IN and Express Check-out

Hyatt Regency Bethesda is located right on the metrorail line, just six miles from the U.S. Capitol. Shuttle Service is available to and from the NIH at the following times:

Thursday, November 8


Friday, November 9


Saturday, November 10


Sunday, November 11


If you choose to take the Metrorail, there is a Metrorail station under the Hyatt Regency Bethesda (Metro Center stop) and the NIH is one stop away (Medical Center stop)

The SBT room block at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda has sold out. The overflow hotel selected for SBT meeting attendees is the Four Points Sheraton Bethesda. If you have not made your travel arrangements and are unable to reserve a room at the Hyatt for the $123 SBT rate, please contact the Four Points Sheraton Bethesda at 800/325-3535 and ask for the SBT room block and reduced rate.

Four Points Sheraton Bethesda
Ask for SBT room block


American Airlines has been designated as the official airline of the SBT 16th Annual Meeting. Attendees will receive a 5% discount off any published excursion fare on American Airlines to Washington D.C. from the 50 states and Canada. An extra 5% discount is available for fares purchased at least 60 days in advance of the travel date.

These rates are only valid for travel to and from the Washington D.C. area between November 5 and November 14, 2001. There are also special zone fares available for attendees not planning to stay a Saturday night.

To obtain the special discount rate on American Airlines, reservations must be made through the official travel agency, Carnival Travel. To reach Carnival Travel, call (800) 747-6238, e-mail at or fax them at (414) 276-0899.

Traveling to Bethesda, MD/Washington DC


  • Washington Dulles International Airport
    Phone: 703/572-2700
    Located 26 miles west of Washington and offering a full range of domestic and international flights. Taxi fare to downtown is approximately $40. Washington Flyer provides bus service to hotels with departures every 45 minutes, Super Shuttle offers door to door service to some properties.
  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
    Phone: 800-435-9294
    Located 30 miles east of Washington and offering a full range of domestic and international flights. more than 50 trains travel between Washington’s Union Station and the BWI rail station Monday – Friday. Taxi fare is approximately $45. For ground transportation call Super Shuttle at 800/809-7080.
  • Ronald Reagan National Airport
    Phone: 703/417-8000
    Located south of the city along the Potomac River and offering a full range of domestic flights to major, regional and commuter carriers. Shuttle bus service to downtown DC available. Also accessible on Metrorail’s yellow and blue lines. Taxi fare to downtown is approximately $15-$20 and both Washington Flyer and Super Shuttle now offer service from the airport to some area hotels.

Land Travel:

  • Amtrak
    Phone: 202/906-4971
    Americas only national passenger railroad system. Tickets may be purchased at Union Station, Amtrak’s Travel Center (1721 K St. NW), new Carrollton, MD station or Alexandria, VA station.
  • Greyhound
    Phone: 301/565-2662
    Downtown bus terminal is a short walk from downtown DC.

Local Information

Average Temperatures in DC/Bethesda during November (Degrees Fahrenheit/Celsius)

High: 57/14
Low: 29/4

What to do in Bethesda/DC

African American Civil War Memorial  202/667-2667
Capital Children’s Museum  202/675-4120
DC Heritage Tourism Coalition  202/661-7581
Decatur House  202/842-0920
FDR Memorial  202/619-7222
Georgetown Park  202/342-8190
Georgetown Walking Tours  301/588-8999
Jefferson Memorial  202/426-6841
JFK Center for the Performing Arts  202/467-4600
National Mall  202/485-9880
Smithsonian Institution Information Center  202/357-2700
US Holocaust Memorial Museum  202/488-0400
Washington Monument  202/426-6841
Washington National Cathedral  202/537-6200
White House  202/456-2200

Presidential Award

Six abstracts submitted by students, post doctoral fellows-in-training, or Junior Faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor) with three or less years on staff, will be selected for presentation during the Presidential Session from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Saturday, November 10, 2001. Of those abstracts presented, one will be selected as “best of the best” and will receive the 2001 Presidential Award and a check for $1,000 at the Saturday evening Presidential Reception. Judging of these abstract presentations and selection of the Presidential Award Winner will be conducted by a committee composed of members of the Board.

Please visit the Call for Abstracts section for further information on submitting an abstract. Please remember to check the award eligibility box when submitting your abstract on-line.


Members of the working press may register without charge for the SBT Annual Meeting. For more information or to obtain a Media Registration Form, please visit the press registration section or contact Patricia Kyzer at the SBT office (414) 271-2456.

Refund Policy

Refund requests should be submitted in writing to the SBT office prior to October 5, 2001. A $50 processing fee will be charged for refunds. Refunds will be processed after the meeting.