Logistics Information

Logistics Information for the Advancing Use of Patient Preference Information as Scientific Evidence in Medical Product Evaluation Workshop

Hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with the Centers of Excellence for Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSIs)


Workshop Location
All on-site sessions on December 7-8, 2017 will take place at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center (TDCC) at 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903 (very close to FDA’s White Oak campus, in Silver Spring, MD). A map and floor plan of the conference center can be downloaded here: PDF iconTDCC Maps.pdf


When you register, you may choose to attend either on-site at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center or virtually online via Adobe Connect. We ask that you please honor your registration commitment to help us plan this conference efficiently. If you need to change your registration commitment, please email us. There will be no registration fee to attend in-person or access the workshop via the webcast, but registration is required for each of the two days of the workshop. To register to attend in person or by webinar go to these links for each day of the two-day workshop (to attend the full workshop, you must register for Day 1 and Day 2 separately):

Click Here to Register for Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 (Day 1)
Click Here to Register for Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 (Day 2)


Guest Room Reservations at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center
Guest rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis under the “FDA - CERSI Room Block at the rate of $169.00 for single occupancy (1 bed, either Queen or King) or $199.00 double occupancy (2 Queen beds). For single occupancy, if you would like to receive dinner at arrival and breakfast the next morning at the Center’s dining establishment, the cost is $179.00 per night. Please reserve your room by Friday, December 1, 2017 by calling (240) 645–4000 or emailing [email protected]. Please indicate arrival date, departure date, bed type preference and any special guest room needs at time of reservation request. Additional rooms may be reserved after the cut-off date based on availability.

Guest room rates are tax-exempt from county occupancy tax due to TDCC’s tax status. A deposit equal to one-night’s room rate is due with each reservation. Failure to cancel a guaranteed reservation at least 48 hours prior to arrival of the reservation will result in forfeiture of advance deposit. The room rate includes:

  • Wireless internet in guest rooms and public space
  • Fitness Center, After Hours Lounge and Game Room, and Complimentary self-parking
  • Check-in is after 3:00 pm; Check-out is before 11:00 am
  • Early check-outs will be assessed a $75.00 early departure fee

Other hotel amenities include:

  • Full service kitchen with executive Chef and staff serving a variety of delicious menus, and a dining room, outdoor picnic areas
  • A self-service business center
  • Easy access to DC Metro and three major airports


Other Hotels
Information on other hotels within the vicinity of the TDCC can be found on this FDA-White Oak page.


The TDCC provides complimentary self-parking and is located about 1 mile from the FDA’s White Oak campus.  Airport information can be found on this FDA-White Oak page. Local Taxi, Metro Rail and Bus information can be found on at this FDA-White Oak page.

TDCC-Specific Transportation Details:

  • TDCC can call a taxi for guests; there is typically a 15-minute wait.

Regarding transport via bus/Metro to the TDCC:

  • On the Red line, get off at the Fort Totten station, take the K6 bus headed to White Oak, and get off at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Powder Mill Road, which is in front of the TDCC campus.

Regarding transport via bus to Silver Spring, Maryland (where Metro is available as well):

  • At the entrance of the TDCC campus you can catch the 20 bus headed to Silver Spring and get off at the intersection of Fenton Street and Colesville Road to get to downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.

Alternatively, to travel to and from the TDCC via Metro/Bus, use this link: https://www.wmata.com/


Networking Opportunities and Food

Take advantage of an early breakfast, the lunch break, or dinner (self-pay events) to network with your colleagues. Reservations are not necessary, simply purchase breakfast, lunch, or dinner and join attendees for casual networking and socializing in the dining room near the cafeteria. Coffee and snacks will also be available throughout the day at the cafeteria.

Pre-order lunch or dinner at the TDCC first floor front desk (to expedite obtaining meals). In the morning, attendees can pre-order in advance, using credit or debit card only, lunch or dinner to facilitate obtaining these meals. Menus will be displayed at the Front Desk and Registration Area. Pre-orders will receive a lunch or dinner voucher along with paper receipt or emailed receipt. Avoid the long line at the registers!


Recording Disclosure

This event will be recorded and made available to the public after its conclusion. Any information shared publicly by participants during the event will become part of that recording. This includes the verbal question and answer sessions.


Americans with Disabilities Act

TDCC shall provide, to the extent required by the Act, such auxiliary aids and/or services as may be reasonably requested for use in sleeping rooms and public areas of the hotel, provided that reasonable advance written notice is provided to TDCC of such needs. If special accommodations at TDCC are needed due to a disability, please contact Jean-Pierre Gaster, Assistant General Manager, 240-645-4103 direct, or email: [email protected], at least 7 days in advance of the workshop.

Requests for sign language interpretation or Computer Aided Realtime Translation (CART)/captioning should be made 2 weeks in advance of the workshop, no later than November 22, 2017. A request for either interpreting or captioning is to be sent directly to the FDA Interpreting Services Staff email account: [email protected].