Trifecta! Registration now open for three ABRF Chapters.

The Western Association of Core Directors (WACD), Midwest Association for Core Directors (MWACD) and Northeast Regional Life Sciences Core Directors (NERLSCD) officially announce registration for their meetings is now OPEN!

Each chapter has something to offer.  From Keynote lectures on Zika, to  sessions on developing strong scientific staff and learning about core facility interactions each conference has something to offer for everyone in scientific and administrative positions.  Seats are hot, topics are lively, and colleagues are friendly.  Register soon before prices go up!  See the details and conference agenda below.

We hope to see you at an ABRF chapter near you!


WACD

6th annual WACD Conference

Sustainable Core Facilities Through Science and Service

Sept 22- Sept 23, 2016
Alexandria Conference Center in Torrey Pines, Ca – near the UC San Diego campus

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MWACDOctober 5-7, 2016

Kingsgate Marriott! in Cincinnati, OH

 2016 Meeting Information

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nerlscd

Reflections on SEASR

Written by Robert Carnahan and David Blum

The fourth annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Shared Resources (SEASR) was held at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta June 22-24, 2016.  There was a total of 133 registrants including academic, government and industrial attendees.  The attendees represented a wide range of institutions across the Southeast including Emory University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Georgia, the University of Florida, the University of Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine and others.

The conference started out with tours of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Museum followed by the opening reception and bowling tournament at Wisteria Lanes in the Emory Conference Center with both being big hits among attendees.  On Thursday, June 23rd, the opening keynote focused on problem-solving strategies and it led directly into a 90 minute hands-on problem-solving workshop.  Both sessions were led by Joe Rando (Vanderbilt).   Friday, June 24th began with a double-header keynote with 2 sessions focused on crisis management using the Ebola epidemic as the theme. Aneesh Mehta, one of the attending physicians at Emory discussed how teamwork was used to manage the treatment of several US based infected individuals.  This session was followed by a joint session by Erika James, Dean of the Emory-Goizueta Business School and Inger Damon, Director of the CDC’s Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology.  They presented on “Leading Under Pressure” which continued the Ebola theme and focused on leadership qualities.

The significant focus on lab management continued throughout each day of the meeting with breakouts sessions on topics such as managing staff in lean times, writing a business plan, “speaking business”, and a discussion of the role of Cores in  education, training and outreach.   Each day also included vendor-sponsored sessions with workshops by Swift Bioscience, Agilent and HTG Molecular, Pall-Forte-Bio and 3Scan.  The conference concluded with a workshop of Lean principles and included using LEAN principles in a hands-on activity to make paper airplanes as a group.  The initial survey results have been very positive and we look forward to seeing everybody next year in Tampa!

Meet FASEB’s New President, Hudson Freeze

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Hudson H. Freeze, PhD

On July 1, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) welcomed its new President, Hudson H. Freeze, PhD. Dr. Freeze is Professor of Glycobiology and Director of the Human Genetics Program at the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla.

“I am honored to lead FASEB—the policy and advocacy voice of 125,000 scientists. Today, we have extraordinary opportunities to communicate with the most receptive Congress in 15 years. Our message has connected, we’ve turned a corner, but now it’s our responsibility to speak out even more strongly. We must advocate for research because we know it benefits all citizens in all districts,” Dr. Freeze said.

For the last 20 years, Freeze’s research has focused on the identification and understanding of Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDGs), genetic errors in the way sugars attach to proteins and lipids. He contributed to the discovery of 18 of the more than 110 known CDGs. Dr. Freeze collaborates closely with physicians, families, and their support organizations and regularly consults on cases while still tracking the genetic basis of multiple patients with unknown glycosylation defects.

Beginning with his postdoctoral work, Freeze has earned nearly 40 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As FASEB President, he will lead initiatives to advocate for increased funding for NIH and other federal agencies that fund scientific research.

“The most important thing is to get it [funding] for NIH, which is the crown jewel of federal agencies,” Dr. Freeze told San Diego’s KUSI. “We hear a lot of talk about ‘Let’s make America great again,’ but, in fact, in medical research, we are great. What we have to do is sustain that,” said Freeze.

Among his priorities during his year as FASEB president is increasing communication with FASEB member societies. “One thing is fundamental: FASEB represents scientists. From postdocs to Society leaders, I want us to have an open dialog—scientist to scientist—about how FASEB can better serve its members and the scientific community,” Freeze said.

Prior to his election as President, Dr. Freeze served as FASEB’s Vice President for Science Policy. He is a Past President of the Society for Glycobiology and its first representative to the FASEB Board of Directors. Dr. Freeze is also a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and The American Society for Human Genetics.

In 2013, Dr. Freeze shared the Golden Goose Award  with microbiologist Thomas Brock, PhD, for identifying Thermus aquaticus (Taq), an “extremophile” bacteria capable of thriving in extreme heat. Freeze was an undergraduate research assistant in 1966 when he and Brock found Taq in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park. By identifying an organism with DNA machinery that could survive near-boiling temperatures, their discovery opened the door to the development of polymerase chain reaction and other technologies that would revolutionize biomedical research.

This introduction to science led Dr. Freeze to advocate tirelessly on behalf of basic research. “New cures for devastating diseases and exciting advances in medicine are all rooted in federally funded basic research,” Dr. Freeze wrote in a San Diego Union-Tribune op-ed after his Golden Goose win. “Today’s benefits came from yesterday’s investment. Tomorrow’s cures depend on today’s decisions.”

To help ensure that message gets national attention, he urges scientists to engage with public audiences as often as possible. To that end, Freeze worked with ASBMB to organize an exhibition of BioArt winning images in a brewery during the Experimental Biology meeting.

As President of FASEB, Freeze aims to ensure that policymakers hear the views of researchers and that researchers recognize those legislators who are champions for science. “Congressional leaders assured us that the $2billion increase for NIH funding in 2016 will not be a one hit wonder,” said Freeze. “Let’s help keep that pledge on track with continuing advocacy for greater investment in research. Go make a difference; we can make a difference,” he said.

FASEB is made up of 30 scientific member societies, representing over 125,000 researchers from around the world. ABRF is a member society of FASEB, and ABRF’s members receive the full benefits of FASEB membership.