2019 NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference

IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

October 7-9, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

The 2019 NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference will be held October 7-9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.  Check this page for updates and information as the event approaches. Have a great idea or request for the meeting?  Submit your suggestions!


Registration is now open!  Registration is a two-part process:

  1. Complete our Conference Registration Form
  2. Visit our payment website to complete your registration with a credit card, or alternately, you may send a check or money order payable to Board of Regents to:

2019 NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference Registration
c/o NV INBRE ATTN: Alex Martinez
1664 N. Virginia Street MS 460
Reno, NV 89557

 Registration Rates will be as follows:

  • Faculty/Staff $325 
  • Students $275
  • *NEW*: 1 Day Registration for Tuesday October 8 $115

Late Registration Fees effective as of August 27, 2019:

  • Faculty/Staff $375
  • Students $325
  • 1 Day Registration for Tuesday October 8 $140
Refund Policy
  • For refunds requested through August 31, a $25 processing fee will be retained.
  • For refunds requested September 1 through September 30, a $50 fee will be retained.
  • For refunds requested October 1, a $75 fee will be retained.
  • No refunds will be given after October 1, except for emergencies.

Oral & Poster Abstract Submission

The abstract submission portal for posters and oral presentations is now closed!  The conference organizers expect to notify you if you have been selected in August 2019.  If you need to edit your abstract, you may email Christy Matahum before August 29, 2019 with the changes.

Hotel Accommodations

The 2019 NIH IDeA Western Regional Meeting and the Rio Hotel are offering the meeting rate of $103 per night for 3 days prior and 3 days after the meeting to allow you to extend your stay for some extra fun or rest and relaxation!  At the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino every room is a spacious suite and they all feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Las Vegas Valley. Free parking and a convenient location near the Las Vegas Strip make it easy to explore all of Las Vegas.

Important InformationYou must be at least 21 years old to book a hotel room in the state of Nevada.  Meeting attendees who are not yet 21 years old will have to work with a faculty mentor or staff person to book their room.

Room Rates are $103 per room, per night (single or double occupancy).  This rate does not include $22 resort fee and current occupancy tax.  Additional guests will be charged at a rate of $30.00 per person, per night, with a maximum of four (4) persons per guest room.  The resort fee includes unlimited local phone calls, two (2) guest admissions per day to the Fitness Center (does not include use of the spa), and in-room internet access to include two (2) devices per room per day.   

Book your accommodations now!

Now Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations

We would like to highlight the many successes of IDeA students, faculty and staff at the 2019 NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference. IDeA program faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations by completing the Hall of Fame Nomination form for a very special display during the conference. At this time there is no limit on the number of submissions, however we may need to place a limit should the number of submissions exceed our display space.


Monday October 7, 2019
  • Pre-Conference Workshops/Meetings: Bioinformatics Workshop, Proteomics Workshop, Grant Writing Workshop, PEARL (Program Evaluation and Administration of Research Leaders) Meeting, American Indian Health Disparities Meeting, NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting.  Details and fees can be found on the Pre-Conference Workshop page.

  • Check in and Poster Set-Up Available
  • Conference Welcome Session and Networking Reception (complimentary appetizers and cash bar available)

  • PI/PC VIP Dinner (by invitation only)
Tuesday October 8, 2019
Wednesday October 9, 2019
  • NIH/IDea Updates

  • Breakout Sessions

  • Awards Luncheon


Contact Jessica Garfield or Alex Martinez

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