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ABRF 2011: Technologies to Enable Personalized Medicine

Welcome to ABRF 2011:  “Technologies to Enable Personalized Medicine”.  The 2011 annual meeting of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) will once again provide an exciting mix of cutting-edge science and its execution in a shared resource / core facility setting, as well as provide ample opportunities for networking with academic, industry and exhibitor colleagues.

This year ABRF2011 will focus on diagnostics and biomarkers as gate keepers for personalized medicine.  Since humans are genetically non-identical and have different life experiences and life style choices, we respond differently to medicines.  Patients (and society as a whole) pay a high price in terms of pain and suffering for this differential response, and this has led to great interest in identifying tools to stratify drug responders from non-responders.  Since core laboratories provide technologies across the spectrum, they are on the front lines for the discovery of these key enablers.

The Organizing Committee for ABRF 2011 has assembled an exciting program that will feature plenary lectures by three scientific world leaders to comment on approaches and challenges in this developing area.

Plenary Speakers

Raju Kucherlapati

Paul C.Cabot Professor, Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics and Professor, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Opening Plenary Session: Personalized Medicine - Opportunities and Challenges


Larry Gold

Chairman, CEO  of SomaLogic
Unlocking Biomarker Discovery: Unbiased Human Proteomics at High Scale, Sensitivity, and Accuracy

Eric Green
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
En Route to the Era of Genomic Medicine   

David de Graaf
President & CEO, Selventa
Selventa Development of a Therapeutic DiagnosticTM Stratification Biomarker for Drug Response in Ulcerative Colitis

Additional sessions will include:

Plus all of the sessions you've come to expect from ABRF, including

  • Concurrent scientific sessions focused on genomics, proteomics, microscopy and other core-related technologies.
  • Scientific and core facility poster sessions
  • Technology workshops on genomics and proteomics
  • Core operations workshops (management and institution level)
  • Experts' tables roundtable discussions
  • ABRF Award Presentation and Lecture
  • Poster Award and Presentations

New for 2011:

  • Meeting location and lodging all in a hotel/resort to optimize networking and member/vendor interactions.
  • Open mic forum for vendor/member interactions.
  • New schedule format featuring extended exhibit hall activities including a more interactive layout, poster sessions, exhibitor presentations highlighting new products/technologies (Demo Stage), and additional lunchtime activities.  Click here for the Preliminary Schedule.  Details on value-added enhancements for exhibitors can be found here.
  • New Exhibit Hall layout to facilitate vendor-member-poster interactions.

We look forward to seeing you at this ground breaking meeting!