ABRF 2015 Abstract Submission is now LIVE!

Abstract submission is now live!

Visit https://conf.abrf.org/submit-poster-abstract  to submit your abstract.

The guidelines for submitting a core poster as it is currently stated on the website:                                                                                  Pic-Abstracts

**Core Facilities Submission Criteria:

Core Facilities posters should be aimed at promoting scientific discovery or enriching the core or laboratory setting. Core Facilities posters must provide data or measurements that support the conclusions. Any poster focused on marketing a core facility or company (e.g. presenting an inventory of services or equipment)  will not be accepted.

Recommended Core Facilities poster topics include:

  1.   Development of a novel technique or modification to a previously implemented protocol
  2.   Implementation details of a new workflow, protocol or standard operating procedure
  3.   A quantitative evaluation of a core’s impact on the institute it serves

A well written and correctly formatted example of a Core Facilities abstract presented by Johnson et al in J Biomol Tech v.24(2); Jul 2013 (doi:  10.7171/jbt.13-2402-003) can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3605922/

Shared Facility/Core Acknowledgement Importance Recognized by Editor in Attendance at NERLSCD

A recent article written by Nathan Blow, PhD and Editor of Biotechniqes was inspired by his attendance and discussion with attendees at the NERLSCD 2014 ABRF Chapter meeting this past year that was held in Albany, New York.   BioTechniques: The International Journal of Life Science Methods is now employing a new policy regarding shared facilities in publications.  Leading this effort is important since acknowledgement of Shared/Core Facilities can be commonly overlooked by Investigators that use these centralized facilities to conduct their research. The importance of recognizing work that has been completed within these facilities provides reference to the individuals within the facilities that performed the work, adds value to the Institutions in which the work was performed, and can have an impact on grant funding for the respective Institution, its researchers, and Shared/Core facilities.

Increasing Acknowledgement Awareness

Some facilities have been successful with implementing steps to increase acknowledgements or attributions of their hard work within publications.  For most Investigators it is not a matter of excluding a facility on purpose but rather a mere oversight.  Gentle reminders from Shared/Core Facilities directly to Investigators that utilize their shared facilities can be helpful in gaining traction and cultivating an understanding of importance to reference Shared/Core Facilities within their publications.  Ryan Duggan, Technical Director of the Flow Cytometry Facility at the University of Chicago recently stated that in his facility:

I have filters set up on PubMed and other scientific publication search engines that send me notifications when various keywords associated with my core (cytometry, flow cytometry, FACS, etc…) and my institution (University of Chicago) pop up in a publication. A summary of all publications come to me weekly (as needed). I go through the publications to ensure the work was done in my core according to the person who published the paper and the methods described. Next I send an email congratulating the first author and copying his/her PI on their publication. If they did acknowledge the core, I thank them and tell them how much it means to the core to be recognized in this way. If they did not acknowledge the core, I ask them to remember to do so in the future as it means a lot to the core to be acknowledged. You pretty much have to do this only once per PI and then they get the message loud and clear.

Many Institutions are taking a closer glance at how to implement better awareness and in some cases, policies, around the importance of acknowledging Shared/Core Facilities in Publications.  However, the leading applause in this effort goes to Nathan Blow for setting such precedence with his journal Biotechniques by implementing a new procedure for article submissions.  Lets hope that this effort continues to proliferate through journals alike!

MidAtlantic (MADSSCi) and Southeast (SEASR) ABRF Chapters Announce June 2015 Meeting

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The MidAtlantic (MADSSCi) and Southeast (SEASR) regional chapters of ABRF are hosting a joint conference at the University of Virginia, June 3-5, 2015. Registration is now OPEN.  http://madssci.abrf.org/

There will be a Pre-Conference Certificate Two Day Workshop on Business Skills for Core Directors, Managers, and Administrators given by the faculty of the Darden Business School. Registration is open for both events, however, space is limited for the Pre-Conference Workshop please register early to secure your seat! The Pre-Conference Workshop Registration fee includes two nights hotel at the Inn at Darden (innatdarden.com) and all meals for $625 per person.

Register  for both the workshop and the conference you will get a discount to the conference as well ($735 for both).

Featured conference events include:

  • Opening Keynote Speaker:Dr. Franziska Grieder, Director of the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (which oversees the SIG program) will give the opening keynote.
  • An opening dinner reception will be held at the beautiful and scenic Kings Family Vineyards.
  • Closing Keynote Speaker: Joshua M. Pearce, author of “Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Scientific Research Costs”.
We hope you will be able to join us on the beautiful campus of the University of Virginia (especially in the Spring!) for these two exciting events. Website: http://madssci.abrf.org/ If you plan to come make your hotel reservations early as it is reunion weekend immediately following the conference and local hotels will get booked up quickly.

Outstanding Scientist/Technologist Awards Travel Awards


Travel awards are available to ABRF members who have made outstanding contributions in their institutional core facilities; have developed new biotechnologies with applications in core facilities; and/or have been active in ABRF activities. The award is to be used to offset the cost of attending ABRF 2015, to be held March 28-31, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri (conf.abrf.org). Applications being accepted now – deadline is January 9th, 2015!

The award amount is $600 for domestic (USA) members, $750 for International North American members, and $1,000 for International non-North American members, and may be used to offset the costs associated with meeting attendance (for example, travel and lodging). A complimentary registration is also included as part of the award.

Students, postdoctoral fellows, or laboratory technicians directly associated with the mission of member laboratories may also apply.

Those who have received a travel award within the past three years are not eligible.

If an applicant has questions concerning filing an application, please contact Debbie Adam, Chairman of the ABRF Travel Award Committee:
Email: debbien@msl.ubc.ca or travelaward@abrf.org

ABRF 2014 Executive Board (EB) Elections – Your vote COUNTS!

It is that time of year again!vote

Time to choose 2 people to serve on the Executive Board and work on the team charged with steering our “ABRF ship”. In typical ABRF fashion, the “Final 4” nominees are all very strong candidates. To help us get started evaluating who we would like at the helm of our association, let’s look at one of the things that sets them apart from each other. Continue reading