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Annual Single Cell Analysis Investigators Meeting 2014

Single Cell Analysis Program

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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The executive meeting summary and attachments above will be posted on the [PROGRAM WEBSITE], along with materials from previous meetings.


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.



Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on both dates.

Monday, April 21, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Day 1 of meeting, NSC Conference Room C & D 

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Poster Session, Bethesda North Marriot Hotel and Conference Center

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Day 2 of meeting, NSC Conference Room C & D

1:00 - 7:00 p.m. SCAP-Transcriptome U01 Steering Group and Analysis Meeting (open only to U01 project teams, Steering Group members, and selective NIH staff), NSC Conference Room B 


Neuroscience Center

Address: 6001 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD - Conference Room C & D

Nearest Metro: White Flint Metro

Parking fees apply.

For directions, please see Instructions to Meeting Location

Security Checkpoint: Upon your arrival, you will enter through the main lobby where you will be greeted at the security guard’s desk. Visitors who are not NIH employees most show a photo I.D., will be asked to sign in and will be issued a visitor’s pass. If you are carrying a laptop or other electronic equipment, you will receive a temporary property pass. In estimating your travel time, please allow for these security measures, particularly if you are arriving in a group.


Directions to the Hotel and Poster Session Location

Bethesda North Marriot Hotel and Conference Center

Address: 5701 Marinelli Road Bethesda, MD 20852

Parking fee: 5 USD hourly, 15 USD daily

For directions, please see Instructions to Hotel/Poster Session Location

The meeting location and the hotel is located ~23 miles NW from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, ~25 miles NE from Dulles International Airport, and ~36 miles SW from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By Taxi:

Taxi fare to the hotel is approximately $55 from Reagan, $60 from Dulles, and $70 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 meeting or the hotel, located at the White Flint Metro Station on the Metro Red Line. For more information, please visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority at



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Bethesda North Marriot Hotel and Conference Center at the group rate of $253.57 per night, inclusive of tax ($224 + 13% tax). If you require a sleeping room, please visit

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 Friday, March 21, 2014. 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.



Please note that NIH is unable to provide meals or refreshments during the meeting. NSC, the meeting venue, has a cafeteria (cash only) and snack shop on-site, and other dining options within walking distances.  A list can be found at



What are the important deadlines to follow for this meeting? 

  • If you wish to present a talk or a poster, please complete and submit this [Abstract Submission Form] to the Single Cell inbox and register as a "Presenter" by Friday, March 7, 2014 (see additional FAQs for Presenters below).
  • Reserve a room in the hotel block by Friday, March 21, 2014.
  • Register until space is full!

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?


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 & genotypic characterizations of complex populations of individual cells
  • Session 2 - What are the current technical limits to identifying and characterizing a cell?
  • Session 3 - Single cell analysis in a complex dynamic environment
  • Session 4 - Using multiscale models and integrated, quantitative measurements to study function and disease
  • Session 5 - Challenges in longitudinal single cell analysis during development

Investigators funded under the SCAP RFAs are strongly 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. 

Please note that when selecting talks and posters, priority will be given to funded investigators, but everyone is welcome to submit an abstract for either format.

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

No. You will receive 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.

What are the presentation or poster requirements?  

Further instructions will be sent to you at the email address you provided. 


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When & Where

Neuroscience Center
6001 Executive Blvd
Conference Room C & D
Rockville, MD 20852

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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