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ABRF 2010

March 20-23, 2010 • Sacramento, California

Attend the #1 meeting for Best Technology/Instrumentation as ranked by readers of Genome Technology!

Welcome to ABRF 2010: “Translating Basic Research with Advances in Biomolecular Technology”. This year’s annual meeting of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) will offer an exciting mix of cutting-edge science, novel technological developments, practical information on biomolecular analysis and facility operation, along with ample opportunities for networking with industry colleagues. Among these opportunities are scientific poster session receptions and evening social activities that strengthen and build ties in the ABRF network. As always, there will also be an outstanding array of commercial exhibits representing all the cutting edge technologies and reagents critical for the operation of core facilities. This is particularly relevant in light of the Government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)  Stimulus Package awards supporting biomedical research instrumentation.

The distinguishing difference of ABRF 2010 is that the program has been developed by the membership and the Research Groups of the association, and most of the sessions are being organized by members. We believe this will ensure that attendees will leave the meeting having gained a wealth of practical knowledge that they can take back for the benefit of their institutions as well as their own careers.

The three plenary lectures will focus on the translational aspects of biomolecular research facilities.  Specifically, they will address the role of cores in clinical and translational research, as well as proteomics and genomics in translational research. The scientific sessions cover a broad spectrum of research areas of interest for research facilities.  Topics include proteomics, genomics, micro RNA, metabolomics, metagenomics and interactomics. Additional sessions will provide practical information for research facilities including proteomic and genomic pipelines, data analysis/informatics, light microscopy and protein expression. Another exciting feature are sessions discussing models for the organization and operation of research facilities with a look forward at the future of research cores.

New to the meeting this year are a series of three Experts' Tables.  Experts' Tables will provide a format for answering questions associated with the science, technology and operation of research facilities in the areas of Proteomics, Next-Gen Sequencing and Core Models and Management. Finally, the meeting will close with presentations of disruptive technologies that will impact the future of science and research facilities.

All of these sessions will be conducted in the traditional environment of networking and social interactions for which the ABRF and its members are well known.