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MSACL 2016 US: Conference Primer

Some of the highlights of what you need to know about the MSACL conference.

Dress Code

Business casual works, but whatever you are most comfortable in. The days are packed full of great content, but they are still long and you will want to be comfortable so you can focus on learning and networking. The highs will be around 85 F, the lows about 60F. The Hospitality Receptions will be held outside from about 8-10pm every evening so you might want a light jacket, sweater, or better yet, a warm vest.

Conference Registration Pick-Up & Information

Conference Registration will open a day before the conference on Saturday from 4-6 PM. We have limited t-shirts and hats, and if you pick up your registration materials early you get first pick. Additionally, the lines on the first day of the conference can be long -- if we are able to stagger registration into Saturday that might be avoided this year.

The Registration desk will be open from 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM everyday of the conference.

EXHIBITS ONLY registrants are NOT PERMITTED in the Scientific Sessions (except Plenary). Violations may result in registration revocation without refund.

And please, for the benefit of maintaining an ongoing trust amongst us all, respect the fact that conference badges are not transferable.

Certificates of Attendance

Pick up your Certificate of Attendance at the registration desk. Please note that Certificates of Attendance will not be sent out after the conference. They are only valid when picked up by you at the conference and stamped with the Association seal.

Conference Program - Various Formats

(1) The NEW Mobile Program

The new mobile program is fickle, but powerful. After the initial database download onto your mobile device you can cruise the conference with no network and be just fine about it. Like BadgerScan (our lead collection App), all the data is on your device -- take a note, it's private; make your agenda -- private. Submit Feedback, not private, that goes to MSACL. Now to the fickle nature of the beast, which is not of its own doing, but that of its true masters (not us), Google and Apple. If you have an Apple device, it has to be run on Safari. If you have an Android device, it has to be run Chrome. If you are feeling bored, try the mix and match and let us know how it goes. Won't go well. :o

(2) The OLD Mobile Program

Yes, this still exists. A reasonable standby, but requires wi-fi connectivity for all functionality.

(3) The Web-Based Program

REMEMBER: Long Abstracts are password protected.
USER: msacl PASS:12345
Why you ask? To prevent to robotic web-catalogeurs from linking to potentially sensitive information being presented.

(4) PDF of Printed Program (2.9 MB)

ACCENT Continuing Education Credits

Apply for continuing education credits for your attendance at MSACL. If the page is empty they are not yet online ... they will be soon.

Wireless Access - Sign In Required

Network at the Hotel: MSACL Hotel
Network at the Conference Center (PSCC): MSACL PSCC
Password for both: ms16

Please note that these are separate networks for the Hotel and the Conference center, so each time you cross from one to the other you will probably have to sign in again. A good reason to use the New Mobile Conference Program.

Plenary Lectures

Check out the Plenary Lectures.


Breakfast, courtesy of MSACL (if you present a meal breakfast voucher to your server), will be served in the Date Restaurant, from 6:00am to 9:00 AM. Short Courses start between 8:00 - 9:00 AM.

Breakfast, courtesy of MSACL, will be served in the Renaissance Ballroom Foyer on Tue - Thu from 7:00 to 8:00 AM. This is right before the workshops.


Lunch, courtesy of MSACL (if you present a meal breakfast voucher to your server), will served at the Date Restaurant.

Lunch, courtesy of MSACL, will be served for ALL registrants available for pick-up in or near the Exhibit Hall.

Lunch, courtesy of MSACL, will be served for ALL registrants available for pick-up in the Renaissance Ballroom Foyer.

Exhibit Hall Receptions

Note: There will be an Exclusive Dinner Reception on Sunday from 6-8 PMat the Rocks and Date Restaurant patios for ALL Travel Grantees.

The Opening Reception will be held in the Exhibit Hall (Oasis 1 & 2) from 6:00-8:30 PM. Heavy appetizers will be served as well as a selection of beer, wine, water and soda.

Reception from 5:00 - 7:00 PM in the Exhibit Hall.

Hospitality Receptions(Rocks Lounge Patio)

Every evening of the conference MSACL hosts an open-bar Hospitality Reception, with some sides, at the Rocks Lounge patio. A great place to relax and network at the end of the day.

Sun: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Mon: 8:30 - 10:00 PM
Tue: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Wed: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Thu: 3:40 - 7:00 PM


Yoga will be from 6:00 to 7:00 AM in Santa Rosa with Natalie Spear.

A limited number of yoga mats, blankets and blocks will be provided.

Corporate Workshops

Corporate workshops are held Tue - Wed from 8:00 - 9:00 AM, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (except Thursday) and 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Wednesday Only) in the rooms around the Renaissance Ballroom Foyer.

These may be vendor-focused, but the vendors know that MSACL attendees don't want to be sold, but educated -- these workshops are definitely worth your while.

Lead / Contact Collection

BadgerScan(TM) is a Contact and Lead Retrieval App that is completely FREE for full functionality.

BadgerScan allows users to:

(1) Collect contact info via scanning QR codes on attendee badges.
(2) Create and launch customized surveys.
(3) Share individual contacts between devices.
(4) Export contacts via email as a spreadsheet.
(5) Append notes and prioritize each contact.
(6) Create your own QR badge on the BadgerScan App to rapidly share your information with ANYONE who has BadgerScan.

The app does NOT require a network connection (except for use of the survey element).

The app never requires an in-app purchase for full functionality.

All contact info is stored on your phone, not on a server.

So if you have an Apple or Android device you're in luck. You can download the App and test it to see if you think it has any worth, and if it does, bring it to the conference and make it sing!

Download the App for Apple devices.

Download the App for Android devices.

Download QR codes to test the APP.

More Information ...

Conference Staff

And finally, the MSACL Staff if you need any assistance on-site.

David Herold, MD, PhD

Chris Herold, PhD, MBA
COO & President

Amber Herold
Director, Technology

Charity Aiken, PhD
Scientific Community Development

Mike Kim
Director, Media

David Yount
Director, Food & Beverage

Alisa Zych, MS
Director, Registration

Natalie Spear
Director of Tranquility

Ken Cabling
Director, AV