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Science Writers Symposium

Writing About the Future of Public Health 

September 10-11, 2012

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FDA has scheduled its Third Science Writers Symposium, a special event for science and health journalists that will feature lab tours and scientific presentations on a variety of topics including gene therapy, neural implants, scientific computing, medical countermeasures, flu adjuvants and salmonella.  Media will be able to tailor their agenda based on topic interests. The event will feature FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D; FDA Chief Scientist Jesse Goodman, MD; Deputy FDA Commissioner for Foods Mike Taylor; plus a host of other FDA presenters. 




September 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

September 11, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

At FDA’s White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD


Registration is free and open to credentialed media. Register by emailing: sciencewriters@fda.hhs.gov.


FDA’s White Oak Campus
For a list of hotels that are located within five miles of FDA’s White Oak Campus, please see:

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Campus
The following hotels are located within five miles of FDA’s CFSAN Campus:

Comfort Inn & Suites Near University of Maryland
9020 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 441-8110

Courtyard New Carrollton Landover
8330 Corporate Drive
Landover, MD 20785
(301) 577-3373

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Greenbelt
7810 Walker Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-7400

Holiday Inn Greenbelt
7200 Hanover Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 982-7000

Holiday Inn
10000 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 345-6700

Metro Points Hotel Washington North
8500 Annapolis Road
New Carrollton, 20784
(301) 459-6700


FDA’s White Oak Campus
For information about getting to FDA’s White Oak Campus, including ground transportation (taxi, metro rail, Ride-On bus, etc.), driving and parking directions, and security information, please see:

FDA’s CFSAN Campus
The closest Metro Station disclaimer icon  is the College Park/U of MD Metro Station on the Green Line.  The CFSAN Campus is across the street from the metro.


Directions from the Capital Beltway (I-495) to the CFSAN Campus

  • Take the Capital Beltway in Maryland and exit at the following interchange.
  • Exit 25B to merge onto U.S. 1 S/Baltimore Ave toward College Park S
  • Travel approximately 3 miles on U.S. 1 S/Baltimore Ave
  • Turn left onto Paint Branch Pkwy
  • Travel approximately 1 mile on Paint Branch Pkwy
  • The CFSAN Campus will be on the right

More detailed parking and security information to follow.



Contact FDA

Science Writers

For further FDA Science Writers Symposium information,

contact us at:


Media Inquiries: Michelle Bolek, 301-796-2973

Logistical Inquiries: Kate Abbott, 301-796-0473