The latest news on ABRF Events & Activities
November 29, 2022
  • Message from the President
  • 2023 Annual Meeting: Keynote Speakers and Award Recipients
  • January 2023 Town Hall - Research Groups and Committees: Valuable Opportunities to Contribute
  • Core Community: Latest Updates
  • Membership Renewal Reminder
  • Suggestions for 2023 Member Town Halls and Virtual Peer Mentoring Topics 
Message from the President 
Hello ABRF’ers

During this season of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all the support that so many of you have given to the ABRF. I would like to express my personal appreciation to our Executive Director, Ken Schoppmann for all (too many things to list!) he has done to lead the ABRF. His efforts to expand our membership and grow our fiscal standing cannot be overstated. I would also like to thank our management services team, AMR, for all the work their team has done to support the growing needs of our organization. Thank you to our corporate partners for your continued support.

Finally, I want to extend a very special thanks to you, the members of the ABRF. While you are all volunteers, you continue to give so to make this organization strong and special. 

Thank you everyone for all that you do.

Have a Happy Holidays and be safe!


Kevin Knudtson
ABRF President
ABRF 2023 Annual Meeting: Keynote Speakers and Awards Winners Announced
The 2023 ABRF Annual Meeting (May 7-10) will feature presentations from two leaders in biotechnology research, along with the latest ABRF Award and DEI Award recipients:

The meeting will open with a keynote address by Beth Cimini,  Senior Group leader at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA. 
Dr. Cimini leads the Cimini Lab within the Imaging Platform of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Her team works with biologists to help them create image analysis workflows and makes the open-source image analysis software CellProfiler. In 2020, she was named a CZI Imaging Scientist for her work on making open-source image analysis tools more accessible to the bioimaging community and for her creation of a postdoctoral training program in bioimage analysis.
The meeting’s scientific program will conclude with a second keynote speaker, Edward Boyden, Professor in Neurotechnology and Biological Engineering at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Dr. Boyden works to unravel the complex network of the human brain – roughly 100,000 cells per cubic millimeter, connected by a billion synapses, each operating with millisecond precision – to understand the neuronal underpinnings of our thoughts and feelings. 
In addition to these leaders, the ABRF Award will be presented to Drs. Christie Enke and Richard Yost in recognition of their development of the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer and the tremendous impact triple quads have made for a wide range of biomedical research applications.
ABRF is also pleased to present its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award to Tshaka Cunningham, with Polaris Genomics and the Future Kings and Queens organization,  which serves boys and girls of color from economically challenged communities through a unique, year-long afterschool educational program that guides young men and women in grades 6-12 from underserved communities to explore exciting career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Their targeted focus is on cybersecurity, computer game design, biomedical sciences, and engineering.,
Don’t miss out on these exciting presentations and other valuable programming at the 2023 ABRF Annual Meeting. Register by January 31, 2023 and save.  
January 2023 Town Hall - Research Groups and Committees: Valuable Opportunities to Contribute
The ABRF Virtual Member Town Halls resume on January 18, 2023 with an overview of the range of opportunities to participate in ABRF Research Groups and Committees. From contributing to original research to helping to plan an updated ABRF web site, members can learn more about how to get involved to grow your network, develop new skills, and contribute to the future of ABRF and the work of Core facilities. Register today to join this timely conversation.
Core Community: Latest Updates
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Membership Renewal Reminder
Don’t miss out on being a part of the ABRF network to help you continue to advance your career and improve the performance of your Core facility.

Renew by December 31 to avoid any interruption in your access to ABRF members’ information and connecting with your colleagues. 
Suggestions for 2023 Member Town Halls and Virtual Peer Mentoring Topics 
What topics would you like to learn about in 2023? Do you have specific professional development questions to ask your ABRF peers? How do you manage your individual career advancements goals? 
Please share your ideas and suggestions for the monthly ABRF Virtual Member Town Halls or for the Virtual Peer Mentoring Conversations. It’s likely that many ABRF colleagues may have similar interests or questions and can benefit from hearing from each other.  
If you have information for future ABRF Updates to share with your ABRF colleagues, please send your contributions to ABRF Updates to be included in an upcoming issue.