An ATM is located in the main lobby of the hotel.


An LCD projector (e.g., for PowerPoint presentations) will be provided in the ballroom; however, computers are NOT provided. Presenters must bring their own computers and set them up BEFORE the start of the session in which they are presenting. The stage is set with two lecterns which can be used for alternating between speakers. A switch box is provided to switch the projector display between lecterns. To avoid setup problems affecting your presentation, presenters are strongly encouraged to arrive at their scheduled room a minimum of 30 minutes before their talk.

Baggage Check

A secure space will be allocated for luggage. Please contact a bellman for assistance.


Thanks to the funding from the National Institutes of Health, SNL is pleased to be able to offer onsite childcare at this year’s meeting in Baltimore. We have contracted with A Helping Hand, an event childcare service.

Childcare will be offered free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis, for children 0-12 years of age. Drop-ins may be accommodated onsite if room allows, but cannot be guaranteed.

All A Helping Hand staff are both Infant and Child CPR certified, First Aid certified, background checked, and trained to care for children ages newborn to 17 years. For questions, contact SNL staff at or A Helping Hand at

Childcare Schedule

Wednesday, November 8, 8:15 am – 6:15 pm
Thursday, November 9, 7:45 am – 7:45 pm
Friday, November 10, 7:45 am – 2:15 pm

Contact Us

To contact us onsite, visit the Registration Desk, or send an email to We will respond to your email at our earliest opportunity.

Copying, Printing and Office Supplies

A Business Center is located in the hotel lobby. Boarding passes and up to five pages may be printed free of charge.


The SNL Program Committee reserves the right to make changes to the meeting program at any time without notice. This program was correct at the time of printing.

Food Service

Complimentary food and beverage service is available to all registered attendees at the following times:


Continental Breakfast, 8:15 – 9:00 am  Chesapeake Gallery
Coffee Break, 10:00 – 10:30 am  Chesapeake Gallery
Afternoon Coffee, 2:30 – 3:00 pm  Chesapeake Gallery


Continental Breakfast, 7:30 – 8:15 am  Chesapeake Gallery
Coffee Break, 9:30 – 10:00 am  Chesapeake Gallery
Buffet Lunch, 12:00 – 1:30 pm various locations on the 2nd and 3rd floors
Afternoon Coffee, 3:30 – 4:00 pm  Chesapeake Gallery


Continental Breakfast, 7:30 – 8:15 am  Chesapeake Gallery
Coffee Break, 9:30 – 10:00 am  Chesapeake Gallery

Future Meetings

SNL 2018 will be held November 16 – 18, in Québec City, Canada.

Letter of Invitation

We are happy to provide a Letter of Invitation to registered attendees. Please provide the following information at the time of request:

–Your Full Name (as it appears on your passport)
–The Name you used for the meeting (if different)
–Your Country
–Date of Birth
–Title of your Presentation
–Poster Session information (Poster #, Day, Time)

Email your request to .

Lost & Found

Please check with the SNL Registration Desk for lost and found items.

Meeting Rooms

All general sessions (Keynotes, the Invited Symposium, and Slides) will be held in Chesapeake Ballroom.


A bulletin board will be available for messages and job postings near the SNL Registration Desk.

Mobile Phones

Attendees are asked to silence their mobile phones when in sessions.

Name Badges

For security purposes, all attendees must wear their name badges to all sessions and social functions. Entrance into sessions is restricted to registered attendees only. If you misplace your name badge, please go to the Registration Desk for a replacement.

Onsite Meeting Registration

The SNL Registration Desk is located in Chesapeake Gallery at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. The Registration Desk hours are:

Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, November 9, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, November 10, 7:30 am – 1:40 pm


There is covered parking available at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. SNL attendees will receive the discounted price of $18.00 per day for self parking.

Phone Charging Station

For your convenience, a phone charging station is located at the Registration Desk.

Photography, Video and Recording

Photography, video and audio recording for personal use is permitted.

Poster Sessions

Posters are located in the Harborview and Loch Raven Ballrooms. See the Poster Schedule.
Poster Slam Sessions are located in the Chesapeake Ballroom.

Social Events

Opening Night Reception at the National Aquarium

Join your colleagues on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm for an elegant evening of food, drinks and stimulating conversation against the backdrop of the world-renowned National Aquarium. The National Aquarium is a short, picturesque stroll from the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Directions to the National Aquarium are available at the VSS Registration Desk. For guests needing extra assistance getting to the event, please contact the VSS Registration Desk.

Thursday Evening Social Hour

Attendees are invited to enjoy a special Social Hour in the Harborview and Loch Raven Ballrooms during the Thursday evening poster session. Your first drink is on us! You’ll find a drink ticket in the back of your badge.


Smoking is not permitted inside the the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Three designated outdoor smoking areas are available. These are located outside the main entrance to the hotel, on the second floor skywalk, and on the third floor terrace.


Please ensure that you are available at least thirty minutes before the start of the session. See “Audiovisual” for technical information.