The latest news on ABRF Events & Activities
March 28, 2023
  • President’s Message
  • 2023 Annual Meeting – ABRF Award winners and Fenway Park
  • ABRF Compensation Survey Report – Coming Soon
  • Chapter Spotlight – SEASR Kicks off 2023 Chapter Meetings Calendar
  • Core Community – Are You In?
  • Executive Board approves new policies on Electioneering and Process for Public Position Statements
  • ABRF Institutional Members – Driving Growth and Representation 
Message from the President 
Hello ABRFer’s

In preparation for the annual report that will be available at the 2023 ABRF Meeting, I am reminded and excited by the tremendous breadth of achievements that our members have accomplished towards our 2022-24 Strategic Plan.

As a reminder, we recently drafted a new strategic plan aimed at growing our organization by Defining Excellence for Shared Scientific Resources Worldwide. The framework of the strategic plan was built the basic values of our members that include:

  • Advancing the integration of technologies, education, communication, and reproducible research in the operations of cores,
  • Supporting best practices, research excellence and reproducibility in scientific discover, and
  • Continuing to be a welcoming, collaborative community that cultivates inclusion, professional development, and technological innovation.

Four main goals, with strategies to achieve these goals, were developed. These goals include:

1.   recognize expertise in core facilities,
2.   build a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community,
3.   collaborate with partners in team science; and
4.   enhance fiscal sustainability through revenue diversification and positive financial results. 

While there are too many accomplishments to list, this year’s Program Committee, chaired by Andrew Vinard, has put together an outstanding program that captures many of our members’ achievements and will be presented at the 2023 ABRF Meeting in Boston on May 7-10. Also, many of this year’s events that occurred at chapter meetings, Town Halls and educational workshops can be found on the ABRF YouTube Channel. Please note, that the ABRF YouTube channel contains over 50 videos that capture content from some of our previous meetings and events.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Boston to celebrate the tremendous achievements of our society!

Kevin Knudtson
ABRF President
2023 Annual Meeting – ABRF Award Winners and Fenway Park
Two More Reasons to attend the ABRF Annual Meeting
Education and networking – two of the most valuable features of the ABRF Annual Meeting – will be highlighted by these special events:
The ABRF Award for Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies will be presented tDrs. 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. Plan to attend to heard directly from these research innovators.
Don’t miss the 2023 ABRF Closing Reception at Fenway Park. Join your colleagues for an engaging visit to this national landmark to wrap up the 2023 Annual Meeting at one of the most iconic sports destinations in the country. Enjoy networking and fun activities including testing your pitching accuracy; a virtual home run challenge; private tours; and meet-and-greet with “Wally the Green Monster”.
ABRF Compensation Survey Report – Coming Soon
How do your salary and benefits stack up with your peers? The Career Development Committee is finalizing this important new resource to provide valuable benchmarking information on prevailing salary and benefits for Core personnel by role, region, and institution size. 
For example, did you know that the median compensation reported for Core Directors was just over $137,000, across technology areas and regions? Watch your email for your copy of this timely report.
Chapter Spotlight – SEASR Kicks Off 2023 Chapter Meetings Calendar
Meetings Calendar
Registration is now available for the SEASR 2023 Annual Meeting, June 21-23, at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta. Plan to join colleagues from throughout the region, and beyond, to learn more about the latest developments in Core facilities.
Featured speakers include leaders from these key institutions:
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Morehouse School of Medicine
- North Carolina State University
- University of Florida
- University of Georgia
- University of South Alabama
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Complimentary registration for academic Core professionals, made possible by the generous support of SEASR Sponsors, is available here.
Core Community – Are You In?
Have you posted a question to one of the ABRF Communities? 
Connect with your ABRF Colleagues to engage ideas and get answers to your questions in online communities ranging from Authorship/Publications to Working with Animals in Research Cores.
See this helpful summary on how to adjust your Core Community settings to ensure that you receive messages, either in real time or in daily digest form.
ABRF Executive Board Approves new policies on Electioneering and the Process for Public Policy Position Statements
At their March meeting, the ABRF Executive Board approved two new policies related to electioneering within ABRF and a process for ABRF to develop position statements on public policy issues.  Members are welcome to contact ABRF with any questions.
ABRF Institutional Members – Driving Growth and Representation
Did you know that 36 leading academic institutions are offering ABRF membership to all of their Core personnel as ABRF Institutional Members, which includes more than 1700 ABRF colleagues?

Visit the ABRF web site to learn more about these important contributors and how your Institution can benefit from this investment in your Core personnel.
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.