The latest news on ABRF Events & Activities
October 27, 2021
  • President’s Message

  • Chapters’ Corner –MAD SSCi/NERLSCD updates

  • November 17 Virtual Town Hall – Opening a New Door to Biotechnology   Careers: Development of a Core Technology Scholars Program

  • ABRF 2022 Annual Meeting – call for Poster abstracts opening soon

  • Opportunities to contribute to ABRF Research Groups

  • Education program proposals welcome

  • Membership – renew now to save on the 2022 annual meeting

  • Featured article in Journal of Biomolecular Techniques

  • Member Spotlight: Your Photo HERE

Message from the President 
As I think about the message I want to send each month in the newsletter, I typically draw inspiration from a recent ABRF event or upcoming activity. This month was a challenge because there are so many activities going on in the ABRF that including, but not limited to: 1) the ABRF Annual Meeting in Palm Springs on March 27-30, 2) the activities of the Research Groups, 3) membership has nearly doubled, 4) COVID-19 LAMP assay special issue in the JBT, 5) chapters continue to hold meetings and the next chapter meeting is the NERLSCD face-to-face event on Nov. 3-5, and 6) the DEI Council is taking the monumental task of updating options within the ABRF member profile. Of course, there is so much more happening within the ABRF and many opportunities to make a difference.

My message this month is Thank You! The team efforts and collaborative nature of ABRF members is at the core of our society. These values that are shared by so many members of our society and it makes me proud to be associated with ABRF.  Again, Thank You everyone for all you do.
Kevin L. Knudtson, PhD
ABRF President 
Chapters' Corner - MAD SSCi & NERLSCD Updates
2021 virtual annual meeting in 12 parts: next sessions: 
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Choose from:
  • ABRF Research Group Presentations: Flow Cytometry & Light Microscopy

  • ABRF Research Group Presentations: Genome Editing and Proteomics

Register here.

NERLSCD 2021in-person – November 3-5, Portsmouth, NH. Mark your calendars for the return of ABRF events in person. 

Register here.
Next ABRF Virtual Members’ Town Hall: November 17, 12:00 p.m. ET
Opening a New Door to Biotechnology Careers: Development of a Core Technology Scholars Program

Learn more about ABRF’s plan to pursue funding for a new initiative to establish a consortium among ABRF and engaged community colleges. This program would support the development of education programs to prepare students for careers in core facilities. Hear from ABRF members and experienced community college leaders on the goals of this program and contribute your ideas to address workforce training and education needs for your facilities. 

Register here.

ABRF 2022 Annual Meeting – Call for Poster Abstracts Available Soon
The ABRF Education Committee will invite all ABRF members to submit a Poster abstract proposal for a new type of Poster Session during the 2022 Annual Meeting. Accepted Posters will be presented as brief “flash talks” during the concurrent technology sessions within the meeting program (no on-site posters for 2022). Presenters will record a 3-minute summary of their poster’s content for attendees to view during the meeting and be available for live questions and answers, as well as chat messaging with in-person and remote meeting participants. Watch your in-box for this special opportunity to be a part of the 2022 annual meeting.
ABRF Research Groups – Unique Communities of Practice
Metagenomics and Microbiome (MMRG)
Call for Members:  
The ABRF Microbiome and Metagenomics Research Group (MMRG) is seeking to expand its membership. The research group focuses on both general and special topics in all aspects of microbiome sciences including study design, surveys, lab methods and results, disruptive technologies, and commercial product characterization. We are seeking new members who have bandwidth to contribute to our study topic.
Please join our exciting and rewarding research team. Contact us to learn how you can join the MMRG.

Flow Cytometry Research Group Best Practices Survey

The ABRF Flow Cytometry Research Group is conducting a survey to learn more about the types of instruments used in member facilities, as well as other operating procedures. Share your input here or contact the Research Group leaders if you have any questions.

Education Program Proposals Welcome
ABRF offers unique ways for you to contribute to education programs through virtual town halls, workshops, and collaborative sessions with your peers. If you have a topic you’d like to present to the ABRF membership, please submit your proposals to the ABRF Education Committee.  
Save on your 2022 ABRF membership and Annual Meeting registration 

Did you know that you can bundle your 2022 ABRF membership and registration for next year’s annual meeting? Take a moment to register today and save!

View Early Access Articles for JBT on the ABRF Website
Among the articles in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques

Note: Early access articles and the current issue of JBT are now available directly on the ABRF website.
Member Spotlight

Introduce yourself and share your ABRF experiences with fellow members. Send your biography and summary of your ABRF activities to be featured in an upcoming issue of ABRF Update.
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