Embassy Suites Riverwalk : San Antonio, TX

On behalf of the CHARGE Research Steering Committee and local hosts Sudha Seshadri, Claudia Satizabal, and Vasan Ramachandran (University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio), we are pleased to provide details for the fall CHARGE Investigator meeting at the San Antonio Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel.


The main Congress sessions and most working group meetings will take place Wednesday and Thursday, October 11 and 12. On Wednesday evening, we will hold the poster reception with light dinner at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. 

On Tuesday, October 10, an Imaging Phenotype pre-conference workshop takes place in the afternoon. Immediately following the pre-conference workshop, early career investigators are encouraged to join a practical seminar focused on career and project development in the setting of CHARGE. 

Both sessions are open to all registered conference attendees.

Conference Highlights

October 10

Imaging Phenotype Workshop

An Afternoon pre-conference workshop hosted by Mohamad Habes and Tim Hughes. This workshop is open to all registered attendees. 

Charles DeCarli: Brain MRI

Marta Marquié Sayagues: Brain PET (amyloid, tau)  

Jose Gutierrez-Contreras: Neck and Intracranial Vessel 

Graham Barr: Lung

Vasan Ramachandran & Gary Mitchell: Heart and Aorta

October 10

Welcome to 

CHARGE Seminar

and Happy Hour

A workshop for junior investigators and those new to CHARGE focusing on Grantsmanship Throughout the Academic Lifespan.

Stéphanie Debette University of Bordeaux

Tamar Sofer Harvard School of Public Health

Paul de Vries The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

October 11 & 12

Congress Session Invited Speakers

The main Congress sessions include talks from invited speakers and oral presentations from highly-rated abstract submissions. The sessions will take place Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, October 11 and 12

Rufus Akinyemi University of Ibadan

John Blangero University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Myriam Fornage University of Texas Health Houston

Gladys Maestre University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Ana Navas- Acien Columbia University

Guillaume Paré McMaster University

Agustin Ruiz Laza ACE Alzheimer Center Barcelona


Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk Reservations

125 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205  

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The Meeting will take place at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk  Hotel. A limited number of rooms are available at a conference rate: $219.00

Please note:  Rates increase September 19, but are available on a first come first serve basis. Please reserve early as the group block frequently sells out.

We ask that you support CHARGE by staying at the conference hotel. Our meeting space pricing is based on attendees booking with the Revere. 

Conference Registration 

San Antonio Meeting Registration 

Meeting Registration is managed by the University of Washington conference services.

Registration includes lunch, snacks, and coffee on the selected day(s), as well as a Tuesday welcome reception, and a light dinner at Wednesday evening’s poster reception.


Tuesday, October 10

Imaging Phenotype Workshop Majestic Ballroom 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Welcome to CHARGE for Early Career Investigators Majestic Ballroom 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Welcome to CHARGE Happy Hour – Majestic Ballroom Foyer – 5:00 pm

Informal Evening Social Activity - Casual evening gathering open to all registered attendees. Bier Garten River Walk,  6:45 pm

RSC Meeting (limited to steering committee) 6:30-9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 11

Working Group Meetings Breakout Rooms 

8:00: Diabetes/Glycemia, Hemostasis, Neurology

9:00: Polygenic Risk, Neurology,

10:00: CHD/Athero, Musculoskeletal, Gene-Lifestyle 

11:00: Proteomics

Lunch  Atrium

Congress Session Majestic Ballroom 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Invited Speakers:

Guillaume Paré (McMaster University)

Agustin Ruiz (Fundacio Ace, Barcelona and UT Health Sciences Center, San Antonio)

John Blangero (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

Abstract Talks

Cornelia van Duijn (University of Oxford)

Nimish Adhikari (Boston University)

Marios Georgakis (LMU Munich and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard)

Raquel Puerta (Ace Alzheimer Center Barcelona) 

Taryn Alkis (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

Poster Blitz: One-minute presentations selected from the meeting’s top-scoring abstracts

Poster Session & Reception Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Thursday, October 12

Congress Session Majestic Ballroom 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Invited Speakers:

Ana Navas-Acien (Columbia University)

Myriam Fornage (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

Gladys Maestre (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

Abstract Talks

Jacob Keaton, (Center for Precision Health Research, NHGRI, NIH)

Sarah Urbut (LMU Munich and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard)

Tamar Sofer (Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

Margaret-Sunitha Selvaraj (Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute)

Muralidharan Sargurupremraj (University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio)

Lunch  Atrium

Working Group Meetings Breakout Rooms 

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Microbiome

1:00 - 3:00 pm: Presentations from New Cohorts

Poster Guidelines

The poster reception will take place the evening of Wednesday, October 11, at the Tobin Performing Arts Center. Further details forthcoming. 

Poster Dimensions:

Each author will share one-side of a poster board with one other author. Each author will have a usable area measuring 34 inches (86.36 cm) wide x 45 inches (114.3 cm) high. You may choose a vertical or horizontal format. Poster materials may not extend outside the assigned half-board. 

Other notes on posters:

Local Poster Printing Options:

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center, 123 Losoya St

The UPS Store, 900 E Market St

Transportation Options: San Antonio Airport to Embassy Suites Hotel

San Antonio Airport  → Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel Options


VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Metropolitan Transit is San Antonio’s public transportation agency offering service throughout the city including service within the downtown area.

Get Downtown from the Airport:

Go to the Lower Roadway (Arrivals/Baggage Level in Terminal A and B), across the marked crosswalk to the outer curb.

VIA’s bus stop will be located on the far West end of Terminal B, clearly marked on the column.

You will board the VIA bus route 5, which operates every day*, and can get to beautiful downtown San Antonio in about 30 minutes for only $1.30**

Download the Route 5 bus schedule here.

Ride App Services

Taxi Services


The safety of CHARGE attendees is our top priority. 

Save the Date 

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