The NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research (OMAR) manages the NIH Consensus Development Program, the focal point for evidence-based assessments of medical practice and state-of-the-science on behalf of the medical community and the public. Under this program, OMAR organizes major conferences that produce consensus statements and state-of-the-science statements on controversial issues in medicine important to health care providers, patients, and the general public. NIH Consensus Statements and State of the Science Statements are disseminated widely, and more than 120 NIH Consensus Statements and State-of-the-Science Statements have been issued since the program's inception in 1977. Organizationally, OMAR is under the Associate Director for Disease Prevention in the Office of the Director at NIH.
The Natcher Conference Center is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, a northwest suburb of Washington, DC.
International, or Dulles International Airports. Travel time from all three airports to Bethesda-area hotels as well as to the NIH campus is approximately 1 hour. Ground transportation is available from all airports.
The Metrorail subway system (see Metrorail map) serves the NIH campus via the Medical Center station on the Red Line and is available from National Airport and Union Station. The Natcher Conference Center is within walking distance from the Medical Center station (at the top of the station's escalators, take the stairs/ramp to your left and follow the path to the Natcher Conference Center).
PLEASE NOTE: You are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to NIH, as visitor parking on the NIH campus is extremely limited. If you must drive, there are a limited number of visitor spaces available on the NIH campus. Visitor parking fees are $2 per hour with a 3-hour limit or $12 per day. Please plan accordingly.