May 30, 2012

2012 Add Health Users Conference Information and Registration

Welcome! We invite you to join us for the tenth Add Health Users Conference to be held on July 26-27, 2012 on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  The conference is being co-sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH; the Add Health Study at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH.

The principal goal of the conference is to give researchers who are working with data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) an opportunity to share research goals, experiences, and results.  It will also provide an opportunity for those interested in working with the data to learn how they are currently being used by others.

Abstract Submission

On-line abstract submission is now closed.  The deadline for submitting an abstract was March 30, 2012.  To view the original Call for Papers issued on February 17, 2012, please click here.

Conference Agenda

The conference program will feature 60 presentations by investigators who are conducting research on the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults using Add Health data.  In addition, several methodology sessions will be offered providing in-depth information on the Add Health study design and weighting and the unique biomarker, genetic, and relationship data available from the study.

To view the preliminary conference agenda, please click here.


On-line conference registration closed July 11 but will re-open on-site at 8:00 am on Thursday, July 26, at the Natcher Conference Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  The registration table will be located just outside of the main auditorium.  For directions to the Natcher Conference Center, please click here.

Accommodations and Shuttle Service

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Doubletree Hotel Bethesda located at 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland.  The conference rate is $169/night (plus 13% tax).  This rate is competitive for the Bethesda area and is lower than the rate you would get if you made an independent reservation.  You can book on-line using the link above or by phone at 1-800-955-7359.  If you call, please be sure to mention the 2012 Add Health Conference or group code “UNC” to receive the discounted rate.   Please note that the discounted rate will only be guaranteed through Wednesday, July 11.  After this date, room pricing will be at the discretion of the hotel management.

Free shuttle service will be provided between the Doubletree Hotel Bethesda and the NIH conference center each day.  Expedited NIH security checks are provided for shuttle riders.  Thus, participants usually find it most convenient to stay at the conference hotel.  However, if you would like a list of alternative hotels in the area, please send an e-mail to Sarah Dean (

Airport Information

There are three airports that serve the Washington, D.C. area: Reagan National (DCA), Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington (BWI).  We recommend that you fly into DCA.  It is the closest airport to the Doubletree Hotel Bethesda and the NIH conference site.  You can ride the city’s subway system (called the “Metro”) directly from DCA to Bethesda.