The latest news on ABRF Events & Activities
February 27, 2023
  • President’s Message
  • ABRF 2023 Annual Meeting – Pre-Meeting Workshops
  • Final reminders – Scholarships; ABRF volunteer recognition Award nominations
  • Continuing to Explore Equity and Inclusion with ABRF Affinity Groups - March 15 Town Hall
  • New in the Core Community – join technology-based discussions to share ideas and ask questions
  • Chapters’ Corner – Spotlight on MAD SSCi 
Message from the President 
Hello ABRFer’s

As we turn the page on February, we are starting to settle in for the late Winter and the early Spring of 2023 and are starting to think about the melting snow, blooming flowers and the ABRF meeting. 

This year’s 2023 ABRF Meeting in Boston on May 7-10 promises to be an spectacular event. This year’s Program Committee, chaired by Andrew Vinard, has put together an outstanding program that includes both innovative and traditional content that will appeal to the many interests of our members. In addition, there will be five pre-meeting workshops that provide deep-dives into various scientific and business topics. Please note that while the meeting can be attended in-person or remotely, these pre-meeting workshops require attendees to be on site to participate. Also, some of the workshops will have limited availability, so I suggest you sign up early to secure your place in the workshop. 

Finally, I am excited to see everyone at the closing reception on Wednesday, May 10 at Fenway Park

I look forward to seeing all of you in Boston!

Kevin Knudtson
ABRF President
ABRF 2023 Annual Meeting – Pre-Meeting Workshops
Pre-Meeting Workshops
Sunday, May 7, 2023

Make the most of your 2023 Annual Meeting experience by adding one of these timely programs to your schedule. These peer-selected workshops, organized and delivered by your ABRF colleagues, include half-day and full-day programs on current topics ranging from Data Repositories and Business Skills to Spatial Transcriptomics and Tools for Data Visualization. To learn more about these sessions, and to register, visit the meeting web site ..

Today is also the final day to register at the best available rates for the 2023 annual meeting….don’t miss out.
 Final Opportunity for Scholarships and ABRF Volunteer Recognition Award Nominations 
Today is the deadline to apply for the 2023 ABRF Outstanding Scientist Scholarship and the ABRF Founders’ Award. These Awards recognize the valuable scientific and technical contributions of ABRF members and help defray the costs to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting. Learn more and submit your application by 5:00 pm ET.
This is also the final day to share your Nominations for the Alan Smith Mentor of the Year Award and the Robert Welch Research Group/Committee Member of the Year Award.  Take a moment to share your suggestions to recognize your ABRF colleagues who are making a difference by supporting the careers of others or through their special contributions to the work an ABRF Committee or Research Group. These Awards will be presented at the 2023 ABRF Annual Meeting.  
March 15 Town Hall - Continuing to Explore Equity and Inclusion with ABRF Affinity Groups – presented by ABRF’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI Council)
Plan to join the ABRF Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council to discuss how ABRF can support under-represented members in the community through Affinity Groups.  These groups would offer safe spaces and supportive community for members of a given identity group to share experiences and develop strategies aimed at fostering a culture of equity and inclusion in ABRF specifically and in STEM professions generally. 

DEI Council member Debbie Hollingshead at the University of Pittsburgh will facilitate this discussion as a lead-in to a luncheon program at the upcoming ABRF Annual Meeting. Register here to be a part of this important conversation.
New in the Core Community
New in the Core Community – join technology-based groups to share ideas and ask questions.
Do you have a question in your technology field? Genomics; Bioinformatics; Imaging, or others?   Your 2300+ ABRF colleagues are your best source for relevant feedback and suggestions. Explore the technology-based Communities to connect with others in your field. Don’t see your specialty listed? Let us know and we’ll set up a new group and invite others to join you.
Chapters’ Corner – Spotlight on MAD SSCi 
The ABRF Mid-Atlantic Chapter held an in-person meeting (MAD SSCi 2022) in Baltimore, MD at the University of Maryland School of Medicine on June 14 – 17, 2022. The Chapter is grateful to all the corporate partners and academic institutions who provided sponsorship of this very successful meeting, and to the 103 registrants who attended. The meeting began with a pre-conference business skills workshop, which was the first time that this workshop was offered after having been revised by ABRF members to include core-specific examples; the course was taught by Lauren Ciotti, William Hendrickson, Justine Kigenyi, John Langone, Tom McHugh, Jeff Smith, and Annabelle Stein. MAD-SSCi 2022 also included a user group meeting sponsored by Agilent Technologies, Inc. and a first-ever workshop on Working with Animals in Research, which focused on animal models and animal associated technologies, with presenters from the NIH, FASEB, ABRF, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and University of Pennsylvania. The opening reception was held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, located on the Inner Harbor, with generous support from Parse Bioscience who sponsored the evening. Three plenary talks, from Fernando Pardo Manuel de Villena- UNC, Naomi Charalambakis- FASEB and Sheenah Mische- NYU, and Corbin Goerlich- University of Maryland School of Medicine, multiple concurrent sessions, Innovation Theater presentations and two keynote lectures from E. Albert Reece- Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Jon Lorsch- Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the NIH rounded out the main program.

The next (MAD SSCi) Conference will be held August 9-11, 2023 hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The theme of this year's meeting will be "Cultivating Collaboration." The meeting will include an opening reception at the Friday Conference Center, a Keynote lecture, two plenary lectures, scientific topic sessions, core administrative sessions, round table discussions, vendor talks, exhibit hall, and lots of networking opportunities. We will cap off the meeting with a half day leadership workshop entitled Growing Pains: How to Create and Cultivate a Culture of Teamwork in Times of Transition and Flux. Not just for facility directors, this leadership workshop is designed to teach skills to everyone, no matter their role in the team. Two pre-meeting workshops (Business Skills Workshop and Train the Trainer) will provide additional opportunities for career growth and networking between Mid-Atlantic ABRF members.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend! Registration is now open!
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