Frequently Asked Questions

When & Where

Q: What are the official dates of the 2022 AHA Research Leaders Academy?
A: The Academy begins at 9:00 am PT on Monday, September 12, and ends at 12:00 pm PT on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

Q: What is the location of the 2022 RLA?
A: The Academy will take place in San Diego, California at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.


Q: Can I just attend one day of the RLA?
A: No, unfortunately since the Academy is only two and a half days and we are very limited in the number we can invite, we ask that attendees who accept our invitation (and have the registration fee waived) be there for the entire meeting. Attendees who pay the registration fee are welcome to attend only part of the Academy.

Q: What if I need to cancel my registration?
A: All registration cancellations must be sent in writing to [email protected] by July 29, 2022. Name changes are not permitted, and badges are non-transferable.

Q: May I bring a guest to the Academy?
A: Because we have very limited space, we cannot accommodate guests at the Academy sessions, or any Academy social events.

Q: Are meals included?
A: Yes, we will feed you! Daily meals and snacks will be available.
Monday – Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
Tuesday – Breakfast, lunch and light dinner provided.
Wednesday – Breakfast and lunch provided.


Q: Is there a conference schedule available?
A: A high-level version of the Academy schedule is available on the programming page. A more detailed version will be posted closer to the Academy.

Q: What types of sessions or workshops are being offered?
A: The RLA provides a multitude of educational offerings at all levels of experience and all career stages.

Q: What do I need to bring to the conference?
A: If you will be a mentee during the mentor/mentee match-ups, it is recommended that you bring a copy of your CV. For some of the hands-on workshop sessions you may find it beneficial to have a laptop or tablet.

Q: How should I dress for the Academy?
A: The attire for the Academy is casual—jeans, slacks, khakis, golf shirts, other casual blouses and shirts are appropriate. Hotel meeting rooms are often cool, so bring a jacket or sweater. Wear RED on Tuesday to show your support for the American Heart Association!

Q: Will I have access to the internet while I am at the Academy?
A: You will be able to stay connected by taking advantage of complimentary wi-fi in the meeting area. Access code will be announced at opening session and will be available at the registration desk.

Q: Who should I contact if I have special dietary needs or allergies?
A: Let us know your dietary needs and/or restrictions at [email protected]

Q: Will the event be filmed and photographed?
A: Yes. By registering and being at this event, you consent to be filmed and photographed.


Q: What is the closest airport to the Academy hotel?
A: San Diego International Airport is 3 miles from the hotel.

Q: What are the ground transportation options from the airport to the hotel?
A: San Diego International Airport (SAN) offers many transportation options, including public transportation, taxis and app-based ride services. You can learn more about these options through the airport's to/from page.


Q: Where can I find recorded sessions after the Academy?
A: Select sessions will be available on the AHA Lifelong Learning site after the Academy. You can find sessions from past academies at

Q: I am not an AHA Professional Member. How can I join?
A: Join here

Do you still have a question?

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