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Annual Single Cell Analysis Investigators Meeting 2013

Single Cell Analysis Program

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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This meeting is part of the Single Cell Analysis Program (SCAP) and is funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports high impact cross-cutting programs. Common Fund initiatives capitalize on emerging technology and/or progress to address key roadblocks in biomedical research that impede basic scientific discovery and its translation into improved human health.

Single cell analysis has recently emerged as an important field of research because technologies have improved in sensitivity and throughput sufficiently to begin measuring and understanding, on an individual cell level, the heterogeneity in complex biological systems and correlating it with changes in biological function and disease processes. The long-term goal of the SCAP is to accelerate this move towards personalizing health by revolutionizing how we characterize cells.

Details of the areas currently supported under the SCAP can be found on the Program’s website.



  • Disseminate current research findings in single cell analysis.
  • Convene the funded SCAP investigative teams to update the community on their research progress, problems, and new opportunities in single cell analysis.
  • Identify roadblocks and emerging challenges in the understanding of single cell level heterogeneity.
  • Consider current conceptual, technical, and/or methodological challenges in single cell analysis and brainstorm possible solutions. 
  • Discuss major themes in basic and/or clinical research for which additional focus on single cell analysis may provide the most significant and broadest impact.
  • Determine major biomedical research opportunities that can be addressed by single cell analysis.
  • Discuss how relevant groundbreaking technologies and approaches in SCA can be disseminated to the research community.
  • Facilitate new research collaborations between funded grantees and others interested in entering the Single Cell Analysis field.
  • Build synergy between the Single Cell Analysis Program and other projects funded by NIH.



Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. SCAP-Transcriptome U01 Steering Group Meeting (open to U01 project teams, Steering Group members, and NIH staff only)


Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Monday and 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.



Residence Inn Bethesda Downtown

Address: 7335 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: 1-800-331-3131

Nearest Metro: Bethesda Metro Station

Directions to the Meeting Location

The Residence Inn Downtown Bethesda Hotel is located 11.6 miles NW from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 26 miles NE from Dulles International Airport, and 35 miles SW from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By Taxi:

Taxi fare to the hotel is approximately $57 from Reagan, $70 from Dulles, and $75 from BWI.

By Shuttle:

SuperShuttle provides ground transportation service from all three airports. For more information and to make a reservation in advance, call 1-800-258-3826 or at

By Metro:

You may also take the Metrorail to the hotel. The Residence Inn Downtown Bethesda is located at the Bethesda Metro Station on the Metro Red Line. For more information, please visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority at

Valet parking is available for $20 per day. There are public parking facilities nearby for a smaller fee.  To obtain driving directions to the hotel, please click [HERE], or use Google Maps [see sidebar].


A block of rooms has been reserved at the conference hotel at the group rate of $253.57 per night for single and double occupancy, inclusive of tax ($224 + 13% tax). If you require a sleeping room, please fill out this online registration form, or call 1-800-331-3131 and reference the NIH Single Cell Meeting and Room Block at the Bethesda Residence Inn by Marriott. Lodging expenses will only be covered for invited keynote speakers. All other participants and presenters are responsible for all lodging charges, taxes, and incidentals.

The deadline to make your lodging arrangements is Monday, March 25th. After this date, the room rate and/or availability cannot be guaranteed. Please note that a major credit card will be required upon hotel arrival. 

NOTE: Should your plans change unexpectedly and you are unable to attend the meeting, you must contact the HOTEL directly at 1-800-331-3131 at least 24 hours before your scheduled arrival date to avoid cancellation fees. Be sure to get a cancellation number for your records.



Please note that NIH is unable to provide meals or refreshments during the workshop. However, the hotel will provide complimentary refreshments to all meeting guests.  The agenda allows time for you to get breakfast prior to the beginning of the day's activities and has a scheduled mid-day lunch break. The conference hotel is located in an area with a variety of meal options and price points. A list of onsite dining options can be found [HERE]. Additional information and maps showing area restaurants will be available at the hotel concierge desk.



What are the important deadlines to follow for this meeting?  Can I still register?

The deadline for a hotel room reservation, poster submissions, and online registration has passed.  Space is at full capacity at this time and we are not accepting new registrations.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes. Even after you register for the meeting, you can update your registration information by contacting Cathy Ng (NIH\NIMH) at


Will my travel expenses be covered?

Lodging expenses will only be covered for invited keynote speakers (who have already received further instructions by email). All other participants and presenters are responsible for all lodging charges, taxes, and incidentals.


Where can I find out more about the Single Cell Analysis Program?

More information about the Program is available on the Common Fund website.


Where can I contact the organizer with questions?

For questions about the meeting content, please contact Grace Shen (NIH\NEI) at

For questions about the meeting logistics, registration changes, or abstract submissions, please contact Cathy Ng (NIH\NIMH) at





What is the deadline for submitting all abstracts and registering as a presenter?

The deadline for submitting abstracts and registering as a presenter is 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, March 4, 2013.

Who should submit an Abstract?

We welcome abstracts from scientists in all fields whose work pertains to at least one of the five sessions (Note: topics may change):

  • Session 1 - Phenotypic characterization of an individual cell: Defining the "normal cell" parameters
  • Session 2 - What are the current technical limits to identifying and characterizaing a cel? Innovations in sensitivity and specificity
  • Session 3 - From prototype to practice: Accelerating the translation and commercialization of promising technologies
  • Session 4 - Promoting single cell analysis using multiscale models and integrated, quantitative measures
  • Session 5 - Challenges in correlating function and phenotype in single cell measurements  

Investigators funded under the SCAP RFAs are stongly encouraged to submit an abstract describing their work and progress. Due to a limited number of slots for both presentations and posters, please coordinate among the collaborators on your award to determine the abstract you wish to submit. 

Is my Abstract automatically approved when I submit it during the registration process?

No. You should have received an email when your abstract has been submitted, and a confirmation notice when your abstract has been selected and approved for an oral presentation or poster, no later than Friday, March 15. 

What are the oral presentation requirements?

If the abstract you submitted is accepted for an oral presentation, further instructions have been sent to you at the email address you provided. 


What are the rules for presenting a poster?

If the abstract you submitted is accepted for an poster, further instructions have been sent to you at the email address you provided.


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When & Where

Residence Inn Bethesda Downtown
7335 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Monday, April 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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