The latest news on ABRF Events & Activities

October 9, 2023

  • President’s Column
  • ABRF Regional Chapter Events from Coast to Coast this Month
  • Next ABRF Technology Town Hall on November 15: Spotlight on Flow Cytometry
  • Rally for Medical Research Delivers a Unified Message on the Impact of Federal Support
  • ABRF 2024 Membership Renewals Coming Soon
  • View Upcoming Articles for the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques (JBT) - and submit yours
  • Join the ABRF Education Committee

Message from the President

This month, I’m writing to you in the spirit of transparency. I want to share both ABRF’s wins and opportunities for improvement as a society, and today I’m going to tell you about two recent setbacks. First, ABRF partnered with InnovATEBIO and several community colleges to submit an NSF proposal through the Advanced Technical Education (ATE) program with the goal of improving access to specialized biotechnology workforce education in the community college setting. The grant—ABRF’s first attempt at requesting federal funding—received a meritorious scientific review but was ultimately declined by NSF at this time. This is a huge disappointment, and while Todd and the Co-PIs are exploring options for funding, it does change the scope of ABRF’s participation in the grant and the financial and programmatic support we would receive.  

Second, despite a wildly successful Annual Meeting in Boston this year, ABRF is facing a budget shortfall going into 2024. Although this was partly due to last minute changes to our meeting footprint that limited our ability to recruit sponsors, it highlights how financially dependent our society is on our meeting, with up to 70% of our yearly revenue coming from this one event. 

These challenges shine a light on the limitations of ABRF under our current structure, and as a Board, we will be having some hard conversations in the next few weeks to discuss balancing the need for revenue and programmatic diversification to keep ABRF growing as an organization with the time and talent constraints inherent in a volunteer-driven association. We’re going to need to strictly evaluate ABRF’s core capacities and our programmatic goals and ensure we’re putting our limited resources where we can make the biggest impact to serve our membership and promote Shared Resource Facilities going forward. As always, I welcome member feedback to make sure we’re focusing our efforts where ABRF can provide the most value to you and your institutions.

Marie Adams

ABRF President

Chapters' Corner

ABRF Regional Chapter Events in October

From Portland to Burlington, three ABRF regional Chapters meet this month to provide timely information and networking opportunities for members throughout their areas. 

Western Association of Core Directors 

October 12-13 

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) 

Portland, OR 


Keynote Speaker: 

Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D

Professor of Otolaryngology 

School of Medicine 

Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer 

OHSU Research & Innovation 

Register Now

Midwest Association of Core Directors 

October 16-17, 2023 

Ann Arbor, MI 

Keynote Speaker: 

Jessica Turnier, M.D. 

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital 

University of Michigan

Register Now

Northeast Regional Laboratory Staff and Core Directors

October 18-20 

Burlington, VT 


Keynote Speaker

Rita Colwell

former Director, National Science Foundation

Register Now

Next ABRF Town Hall on November 15: Spotlight on Flow Cytometry

The Flow Cytometry town hall session will be Wednesday, November 15, at 12PM ET. It will focus on topics that affect all cores in the current interconnected environment. These include:


  • data management, and in particular compliance with the new FAIR principles
  • cross core collaboration for scientific and funding opportunities
  • user communication and management

If you would like to send any questions beforehand to be discussed at the session, please email Jane. 

Register Now for Town Hall Meetings

2023 Rally for Medical Research

2023 Rally for Medical Research Delivers a Unified Message on the Impact of Federal Support 


ABRF joined with more than 240 advocates from over 30 states who took part in 200+ meetings with members of Congress and their staff, to make the case for continued sustained support for research funding through NIH. See the summary of the event here and learn how you can get involved.

Plan Now to be Part of ABRF in 2024

Membership Renewal Notices Coming Soon

All individual, group, and institutional members will receive their 2024 ABRF Membership renewal notice this month. Please take a moment to complete the renewal by the end of the year to continue to have access to ABRF resources and connections, including the archives of prior event content and the Core Community. Visit this page to hear from your colleagues about how to make the most of your ABRF membership. 

View Upcoming Articles for JBT -

and Submit Yours

Did you know that the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques (JBT) offers Early Access to new articles prior to their formal publication in an upcoming issue?  Take a moment to review these new articles that will appear in the next full issue of JBT.  If you have a manuscript you would like to submit to JBT, go to this page for more details and submission instructions.  Your contributions elevate the value of the journal and demonstrate the valuable scientific contributions of Core facilities.  

Submit Your Manuscript

The Education Committee Needs You!

The Education Committee (EdComm) is seeking new members to help creating novel growth opportunities for our community. In particular, the EdComm aims to develop remote and in person training content targeting a broad audience that includes individuals at all stages of career in core operations and management, as well as students and postdocs interested in pursuing such a career.


If you are interested, please complete the committee interest form linked below. The EdComm meets every first Monday of the month at 3:00pm (EST) on Zoom.

Committee Interest Form
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.
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