Who Should Attend

The ABRF meeting is not just for OMICS-centric researchers! ABRF is expanding in new directions making it the must-attend meeting for core facility professionals of all disciplines. Highlights of the ABRF annual meeting include scientific sessions and workshops that allow presenters and attendees to explore and discuss in-depth critical scientific and technical issues encountered in biomolecular core facilities. Featured plenary sessions bring to light the discoveries made possible through core facilities and provide a preview of new technologies that will drive future discovery. Poster sessions provide further opportunities to network with colleagues sharing scientific interests and operational concerns.

The meeting features three main scientific tracks (mass spectrometry & proteomics, genomics, light microscopy/imaging) and an administrative track (management, professional development and compliance/regulatory issues). We are including an additional track devoted to special sessions that focus on bioinformatics, flow cytometry, monoclonal antibodies and other technologies available through core facilities.

Research Groups of ABRF spanning all core technologies will be presenting the latest results of studies aimed at gauging the effectiveness of new technologies and methodologies in real laboratory settings, as well as hosting additional scientific presentations to further emphasize key aspects of their technology.

Vendors in multiple disciplines will have exhibit booths but also make presentations, display posters, and host after-hours events. These activities provide in-depth interaction opportunities not always available at other meetings.

Four tracks will be offered at the ABRF 2019 Annual Meeting:

Genomics Track
The ABRF 2019 Genomics track includes information on cutting edge developments in next generation sequencing including a wide variety of areas. Attendees will hear about discoveries in epitranscriptomics, epigenetics, single cell technologies and clinical genomics. Additionally, vendor presentations will update participants on technology innovations and available resources. Our members from the various research groups will also present their current findings and discuss new areas for investigation.

Imaging Track
Three days of world-renowned speakers and hot topics in light microscopy in sunny San Antonio, TX.   Take advantage of the collegial environment to network and share ideas about instrumentation, reagents, methods and the challenges of running a shared resource. Bring your sunglasses and come see the bright future of imaging.

Topics include:  Open-Mic – Big hit last year – Submit your abstract for a chance to give a talk and get a free meeting registration; imaging flow; image processing; imaging spectroscopy, intro to Bioimaging North America, super-resolution alternatives, and the Light Microscopy Research Group.

Mass Spectrometry Track
Mass spectrometry core labs face the constant challenge of balancing the abilities and capacities of the core with the needs and resources of the collaborators they are meant to serve. A successful core can manage that balance by keeping up with the technology, methods, and focus that matches the ability of their constituency to provide meaningful work that promotes research and keeps the core staffed, funded, and relevant.

ABRF 2019 will feature a Mass Spectrometry track that will focus on the technology and practices of proteomics, metabolomics, and lipidomics, and will investigate the opportunities to branch out and adopt new areas of research. Adding a “precision medicine” focus or expanding into a new Omics are examples of how new technology and resources are adopted and expanded to engage the biomolecular mass spectrometry research core. In this track the ABRF Research Groups PRG (Proteomics), sPRG (Proteomics Standards), iPRG (Proteome Informatics), LRG (Lipidomics), and WIN (Workflow Interest Network) -- will present study results and invite participation in new studies.

Core Administration Track
As Core Administration moves into the future it is a parlance of efficiency and sustainability.  Effective management creates balance and longevity, integrity and results.  Core administrators now more than ever seek to refine costing techniques, instill laboratory savings, model collaborative science, and perfect asset and personnel management.   The ABRF Admin track has become a bastion of networking: managers, directors and other administrators swap techniques, tools and ideas, mentoring each other as well as new counterparts.  Sessions in San Antonio will explore diverse management styles, introduce the ‘science of branding’ and ‘green labs’ –for adherence to standards, for sustainability and a healthier environment-- bring fellowship with Bio-Link, an advocate for enhanced biotechnology education. Through hands-on roundtable sessions and workshops, attendees can build on key ideas and create action plans for SOPs, green/branding implementations, and lab challenges.   We look forward to opening doors together in San Antonio!

The ABRF Conference again ranked number one in a GenomeWeb survey in the "Technology/Instrumentation" meeting category.

If your work intersects with core facilities, then this is the meeting you don't want to miss!