SSR 2017 General Information

Child Care

Attendees with children may wish to contact services for child care during the meeting. It is advisable to make arrangements well in advance. The following list of companies is just a sample:

White House Nannies
Phone: (301) 652-8088 or (800) 266-9024

Nannytainment Event Childcare
Phone: (703) 201-2778

This information is provided as a courtesy to meeting attendees; SSR makes no claim regarding the performance or suitability of these services, nor assumes any liability.


In July, Washington DC's average high temperature is 88°F (31°C) and the average low temperature is 72°F (22°C), with high humidity. Averages indicate 50:50 chance of rain during July with an average of 90 mm of rainfall--bring an umbrella! HOWEVER, please note that conference spaces take time to adjust to optimal temperatures, so it is advisable to dress in layers when attending sessions. For up-to-date weather information for Washington DC, visit The Weather Underground.

Copies and Faxing

Both the Washington Marriott Wardman Park and the Omni Shoreham Hotel provide on-site business centers with complimentary internet access and basic printing for hotel guests. Within the Marriott, there is also a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center:

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center in the Marriott: Hours: Monday – Friday ONLY, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; CLOSED Saturday & Sunday. Tel: (202) 986-4028.

Next nearest FedEx, open Saturday and Sunday: FedEx Office Print & Ship Center on 1812 Adams Mill Rd: Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Tel: (202) 232-0260.

Dining and Entertainment

The Marriott hosts several restaurants, beer and wine bars, and a grab-and-go coffee house.

Centered around the Metro station on Connecticut Avenue NW, there are over 20 restaurants ranging from fast food to bistros and include an amazing variety of choices including over 10 ethnic restaurants all within a 10-minute walk of both hotels. Stop by the registration desks to pick up a list with a map. You may also want to check out the following recommendations from the LAC.

A favorite place for an excellent, inexpensive, and quick meal in the DC area is Teaism. The Asian-inspired menu has unique and delicious items for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. Vegetarian, low-fat, and organic options are available to please most palates, but also go for the amazing selection  of teas that pair equally well with a meal or a sinfully good cookie in the middle of the afternoon.

Located in Woodley Park is Nando’s Peri-Peri, a popular international restaurant chain. Other DC restaurant favorites include Georgia Brown’s, serving southern cuisine at 950 15th St. NW, near McPherson Square; Capital City Brewing Company at 1100 New York Ave. NW, near Metro Center; and the Dubliner Restaurant at 4 F St. NW, near the historic Union StationJaleo  in Bethesda and Penn Quarter are easily accessible by Metro. A DC original and favorite is Busboy and Poets, which takes a little more effort to reach, but several locations are accessible by Metro followed by a short walk.

Favorite museum cafes are the Mitsum Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Pavilion Cafe at the Sculpture Garden, both easily accessible by Metro. The museum shop in the National Museum of the American Indian also has great gifts for those who want to take home something uniquely American.

For Italian cuisine, two local favorites are Filomena Ristorante at 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW in the heart of Georgetown, and Ristorante La Perla at 2600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW on the eastern side of Georgetown near Foggy Bottom. Filomena’s almost always requires reservations, and for large groups, reservations are typically needed several days in advance; La Perla may be more amenable to walk-in service.

Craft beer and wine enthusiasts may wish to visit Maryland Wine TrailsMaryland Brew TrailsVirginia Wine TrailsLoudoun Wine ClustersVirginia Beer Trails, or the Loudoun Ale Trail. Virginia is among the 5 leading states in the US for commercial wine production, with much of that production centered in Loudon County just west of Dulles Airport. As with much of the nation, the craft beer industry is exploding in both Maryland and Virginia.


The Marriott hosts an on-site gift shop that sells not only souvenirs, but also toiletries, clothing, and other sundries that you may find yourself in need of on-site. The area around the Metro station has several markets as well as a CVS Pharmacy, 2601 Connecticut Ave NW, Tel: (202) 332-1446; Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

In Washington DC, you will find every kind of shop and shopping experience imaginable. From quintessential world-class brands to eclectic boutiques found only here (not to mention hundreds of tourists shops), you can find the perfect gift.


Personal liability insurance is the responsibility of each individual meeting participant. Participants should have their own medical coverage.


Free wireless internet is available in the guest rooms for all SSR participants staying at the Marriott and will be available on-site at the meeting.

Medical Services

This information is provided as a courtesy to meeting attendees; SSR makes no claim regarding the quality of these services, nor assumes any liability.

For medical emergencies, dial 911.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
Tel: (202)-877-7000

Farragut Medical and Travel Care
815 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 775-8500

The George Washington University Hospital
900 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 715-4000

Press Relations and News Coverage

The Society encourages news coverage of the meeting and will assist participants and the media in reporting current research discoveries in the reproductive sciences. Prior to the meeting, questions should be addressed to the SSR Business Office (; 608-256-2777).

Journalists must check-in at the SSR Registration Office and present their credentials to receive a press pass.

Cell Phones

Cell phones must be turned off or silenced during presentations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Photography and Video

Photographs or video of posters or other presentations is not permitted by anyone other than approved SSR staff.

Poster Printing Options

Fabric Posters

PosterSmith prints posters on fabric, which eliminates the need for a poster tube when traveling. PosterSmith is offering a 15% discount to SSR meeting attendees. To receive this discount, please use Coupon Code SSR2017 when completing your order. Go to PosterSmith to start your order. Order price includes 2-day free shipping within the US. PosterSmith can ship posters directly to the Marriott Wardman Park, if desired. Note that SSR meeting posters cannot exceed 44" x 44". For questions please call 617.383.7772 or email FAQs at

Paper Posters

FedEx is offering SSR 2017 Annual Meeting attendees a 50% discount on posters produced and held for pickup at the FedEx Office Center located in the meeting's anchor hotel, the Marriott Wardman Park. A 44" x 44" poster (SSR meeting posters can be no larger) will run approximately $56 depending on the customization desired. Simply place your order on or before 7 pm, 10 July, to enjoy the discount and ensure pickup by 13 July. For questions, call 202-986-4028 or email

To place your order, visit:

Note: the business center portion of the Marriott Wardman Park's FedEx Office Center is not open Saturday and Sunday. If, due to travel difficulties, you need to pick up an ordered poster on either of those days, please call ahead so FedEx can store them in the shipping and receiving portion for pick up. Shipping and receiving is open from 8 am to 2 pm Saturday and 12 pm to 4 pm Sunday.

Sales Taxes

Washington DC sales tax is 5.75%, hotel tax is 14.5%, and restaurant tax is 10%.

Smoking Regulations

Smoking is prohibited within the Marriott Wardman Park. Guests who smoke are permitted to do so outside in designated areas.

Special Needs

To ensure that all attendees are able to participate in the meeting, SSR will do its best to accommodate any attendee who needs assistance. Please contact the SSR Business Office (; 608-256-2777) prior to the meeting if you require special dietary or physical accommodations at the meeting, or if you require assistance getting to or from sessions/events.


See the 2017 Travel and Transportation page.