ABRF 2018 lands in Myrtle Beach April 22-25!
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  • President's Notes: A Message from Frances Weis-Garcia
  • Register Now for the ABRF 2018: Myrtle Beach - Sunday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 25 
  • 8 Satellite Workshops Offered at ABRF 2018
  • Professor Amos Bairoch Selected for 2018 ABRF Award Lecture for Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies 
  • ABRF Executive Board Election and Special Election Results Announced
  • ABRF Career Development Committee Members Serve as Ambassadors at ABRCMS 2017
  • ABRF Member in the Spotlight
  • Research Group Updates
  • JBT Recent Articles
  • FASEB Corner: FASEB DREAM Mentored Travel Awards

President's Notes

A Message from Frances Weis-Garcia, ABRF President 
Dear ABRF Members,

The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) is looking forward to seeing you at the ABRF 2018 Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where you will have the opportunity to network with key decision makers, peers, and leaders in scientific core disciplines.

The Program Committee has planned an outstanding meeting for attendees and exhibitors, alike. ABRF 2018, "The Premier Conference for Core Services" will bring together international leaders in our core disciplines to provide vision and insights of what can be done. It has been configured to offer attendees even more networking opportunities with exhibitors, integral members of our community who provide a vast array of exciting new technology and support necessary to keep the engines of resource labs running! You will have ample opportunity to network and learn from your peers – core facility directors, staff scientists, researchers, administrators, and technicians – while attending plenaries, concurrent scientific sessions, innovative topics, networking breaks, the closing program and more! Back by popular demand, the evening Poster Session will once again be held in the exhibit hall, and feature a wine and cheese reception for all ABRF 2018 attendees and exhibitors!
We encourage all attendees to join us for the Member's Meeting on Wednesday, April 25, from
4 pm to 6 pm, where the ABRF Strategic Plan will be officially rolled out. It is being developed with attendee feedback from last year’s meeting, our mission statement, an exhaustive review of the organization and significant engagement with ABRF Research Groups and Committees. We look forward to thinking how we can grow our organization together with you.
We look forward to your presence and, more importantly, to your participation throughout the meeting.  You will leave Myrtle Beach energized and inspired, having gained practical knowledge you can apply in your groups, as well as having made new professional connections.

ABRF, President
Frances Weis-Garcia

Register Now for ABRF 2018: Myrtle Beach April 22-25

Register by February 28 for Early Bird Prices!

The Detailed Program is Now Available!
Check out the detailed program if you'd like to learn more about the various sessions offered within each of these five tracks.
Register by February 28 to enjoy the early bird rates!
Registration fees will go up after February 28. Don't wait! Register NOW to join us in April!
Reserve your room before March 19!
Be sure to book your housing at the official ABRF 2018 Annual Meeting Hotel, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, where the meeting will be held. Enjoy quick and easy access to all ABRF functions without worrying about directions, taxis, or distance! Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Discounts Airfares Are Available for Travel to Myrtle Beach!
ABRF has partnered with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines to provide ABRF attendees with discounted rates of 2% to 10% off published fares for travel to Myrtle Beach.

ABRF Satellite Workshops

Eight Satellite Workshops to choose from on Sunday, April 22!

ABRF Education Committee is excited to announce eight new satellite workshop options for the ABRF 2018 Annual Meeting.

Below are the workshops coming your way in 2018.

Satellite Workshop Date and Time
(SW1) Proteomic DIA Workflow 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, April 22
(SW2) The Galaxy Platform as an Accessible, Core Laboratory Solution for Proteogenomic Analysis and Informatics 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Sunday, April 22 - This workshop is paired with the Workshop 1 - Proteomic DIA Workflow
(SW3) How Do You Increase Your Visibility in the World? Explore Free Marketing Tools & Best Practices for Core Facilities 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, April 22
(SW4) Bridging the Gap: Isolation to Translation (Single Cell RNA-seq) 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 22
(SW5) Lean Tools for Effective Core Management 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 22
(SW7)ABRF-NRMN Mentorship 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 22
(SW8) Microbiome and Metagenomics Benchtop to Bioinformatics; Technical approaches to Sequencing, DNA Extractions, and Data Analysis 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 22
(SW9) Hands-on Light Sheet Microscopy 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 22

Please visit the conference website for more details on the workshop offerings. We hope to see you there!

ABRF 2018 Award Winner Announced

Professor Amos Bairoch Selected for 2018 Award Lecture for Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies
The ABRF Award Lecture for Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies Award is the association's most prestigious award, and recognizes scientific pioneers responsible for developing powerful pivotal tools that serve as a foundation for the modern biological research enterprise.

With scientific data increasing exponentially, it is imperative that the community develop tools to store, process, share, and track massive amounts of data among global collaborators. For his seminal work that led the way in Protein Informatics enabling the revolution in protein research, ABRF honors Professor Amos Bairoch with the 2018 ABRF Award for Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies.  ABRF 2018 attendees have the opportunity to listen to his lecture Tuesday, April 24 at 8:00 am and speak with him throughout the meeting. All those interested in metadata revolution are encouraged to avail themselves of this unique opportunity.
Dr. Bairoch is a Professor of Bioinformatics and Director of the Department of Human Protein Science at the University of Geneva. He also heads the CALIPHO group of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Until June 2009, Amos headed the Swiss-Prot group which develops the UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot knowledgebase he created in 1986 as well as the PROSITE and ENZYME databases. He was also co-responsible for the development of ExPASy, the world’s first website dedicated to protein molecular biology. Amos Bairoch’s main work lies in the field of protein sequence analysis and the development of databases and software tools for this purpose. Currently, he is focused on the development of neXtProt, a web knowledge platform on human proteins and of the 
Cellosaurus, a cell line knowledgebase. Amos Bairoch has been awarded several distinctions, among which the European Latsis Prize, the Otto Naegeli Prize, and the HUPO Distinguished Achievement Award. He is also an International Society for Computational Biology Fellow.

Please plan to attend Professor Bairoch’s Award Lecture at the ABRF Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Tuesday, April 24, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

Career Development Committee Members Attend ABRCMS

Claudius Mundoma, Sherry Thornton Meeting Ambassadors for ABRF 
Members of the ABRF Career Development Committee, Sherry Thornton, and Claudius Mundoma, attended the recent ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) meeting as ambassadors for ABRF.
Over 4,300 attendees were at the meeting, including thousands of undergraduate and graduate students presenting their research in poster and oral format and attending sessions focused on helping them acquire the tools necessary for future careers in the sciences. Several students visited the ABRF booth to learn about career paths in shared facilities. The students attending the meeting were excited to talk to us and passionate about potential careers in science and the pathways that shared facilities might provide. Our goal is to have 3-5 of these students attend the ABRF 2018 Annual Meeting through funds provided by the FASEB DREAM Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter awards.

ABRF Executive Board & Special Election Results Announced

The Election Results are in!
Our Executive Board election was a very close race this year, in large part because we had such strong candidates. Thank you to each of candidate for tossing their hats into the ring and sharing their vision for our association. Thank you as well as to those who voted and made a difference because their participation directly impacts our collective future. Christian Lytle and Claudius Mundoma have each been elected by the ABRF membership to serve a 4-year term on the Executive Board (EB), with the term commencing immediately following the ABRF 2018 Annual Meeting.
It is my great pleasure to announce that Chris Lytle and Claudius Mundoma will begin their 4-year terms on the ABRF Executive Board immediately after the ABRF 2018 meeting concludes. I invite everyone to go to the ABRF Blog, congratulate them there and get to know them a little better through three questions they have answered for us.

Frances Weis-Garcia has been elected by the ABRF membership to fill the vacancy of one EB Member, Frances will continue her service on the EB through the ABRF 2019 Annual Meeting.

A link to their vision statements can also be found at the end of the blog post.

Congratulations to our newest board members!

ABRF Member in the Spotlight 

2016 ABRF Lifetime Recognition Award Winner Jay Fox
In 2016, the ABRF celebrated the contributions of Jay Fox with a Lifetime Recognition Award.
According to ABRF, this award is given by the Executive Board to members with longstanding contributions to the success of the ABRF and who have been keystones to its missions.”

Jay has been involved with ABRF since the early days. As director of a protein synthesis 
core, he was affiliated with the Methods of Protein Sequence Analysis Association (MPSA) in the early 1990’s when sessions about ABRF research results were included in MPSA meetings. His first role within ABRF was to serve on the DNA Synthesis Committee. Over the years since then, he has served the organization in multiple capacities, including a term as President and is a well-known figure at our annual meetings.  If you don’t know his name, you will still say, “Oh, that guy,” when you see him.

Jay is currently the Director of Research Infrastructure at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he directs the Office for Research Core Administration (ORCA) and oversees 17 cores. He has been instrumental in growing and unifying the core lab infrastructure at UVA while simultaneously progressing through a regular faculty career/track of research, teaching 
and service to eventually become a tenured professor.

The professional connections to people with similar responsibilities have been an important resource for Jay as he built a career in the new field of shared resources facilities. Colleagues at all types of institutions face similar challenges. Sharing others’ success and taking that insight into the context of his own institution has helped Jay on this journey.

Currently, Jay chairs the ABRF Award Committee and serves on the FASEB Science Policy Committee.

“The committee that assembled and published the FASEB Shared Resource Report was well represented by ABRF members and Sheena Mische
in particular played a very important role to ensure our view of shared resources was appropriately represented in the document.”

Asked what makes the ABRF special and why he is a member, Jay responded, “We are a rather diverse and open association, welcoming all perspectives. I am a member because I gain value from membership. I would strongly recommend other senior administrators to belong both for the purpose of engaging with others with similar responsibilities but also for opportunities to interact with scientists at other institutions who provide value to the faculty through their cores.”

The full Science Policy report is on the FASEB website.

Research Group Updates

Proteomics Standards Research Group 2018 Study Update
The mission of the ABRF Proteomics Standards Research Group (sPRG) is to design and develop standards and resources for mass-spectrometry-based proteomics experiments. Recent advances in methodology have made phosphopeptide analysis a tractable problem for core facilities. To capitalize on these advances, we constructed a pool of heavy-labeled phosphopeptides that will enable core facilities to rapidly develop assays. The specific peptides were chosen to cover many known biologically interesting phosphosites related to cell signaling. We expect this standard to be helpful in a number of ways, including enabling phosphopeptide sample workflow development, as an internal enrichment and chromatography calibrant, and as a pre-built biological assay for a wide variety of signaling pathways.

For this year’s study, we invited participants to use this controlled standard in a tryptic HeLa cell lysate background to evaluate their phosphoproteomic data acquisition and analysis workflows. As in the past, results will be coded to insure anonymity of the participating laboratories so we encourage everyone to participate, no matter the experience level. A summary of the results of this study will be presented orally and as a poster at the ABRF 2018 meeting; the results will be subsequently posted on the ABRF website and will ultimately be published. For more information, please visit the sPRG page.

JBT: Recent Articles

New articles from the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques are now available in PubMed Central. The following Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities articles were released in PubMed Central from October-November 2017:

PMCID: PMC5667402 | JBT_2017-2804-003 | 10.7171/jbt.17-2804-003
Name It! Store It! Protect It!: A Systems Approach to Managing Data in Research Core Facilities
Matthew DeVries, Michael Fenchel, R. E. Fogarty, Byong-Do Kim, Daniel Timmons, and A. Nicole White
J Biomol Tech. 2017 December; :jbt.17-2804-003.

PMCID: PMC5626562 | JBT_2017-2804-001 | 10.7171/jbt.17-2804-001
A Method for Mapping Glycosylation Sites in Proteins
Mark S. Han and John T. Simpson
J Biomol Tech. 2017 December; :jbt.17-2804-001.

PMCID: PMC5632957 | JBT_2017-2804-002 | 10.7171/jbt.17-2804-002
Kinetics of N-Glycan Release from Human Immunoglobulin G (IgG) by PNGase F: All Glycans Are Not Created Equal
Yining Huang and Ron Orlando
J Biomol Tech. 2017 December; :jbt.17-2804-002.​

FASEB DREAM Mentored Travel Awards

FASEB is offering awards for trainees who are presenting at the ABRF 2018 Meeting and wish to have a mentored meeting experience during the ABRF 2018 Meeting. These funds are meant to defray the cost of meeting registration, lodging, air/ground transportation expenses, and per diem allowance (if applicable).

Full-time undergraduate/graduate/medical students and postdoctoral/clinical trainee fellows (who are identified as being from a group considered underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences) are encouraged to apply for the trainee awards.

Full-time undergraduate/graduate/medical students and postdoctoral/clinical trainee fellows at accredited educational institutions in the USA are also encouraged to apply for mentored travel awards.

These are federally-funded awards and are restricted to USA Citizens/Legal Permanent Residents of the USA. The amount of the award is up to $1,850 maximum for the ABRF 2018 meeting participation and must be applied to related expenses including travel (air and ground transportation) and meeting registration.

Travel award application receipt deadline is March 1, 
2018, at 5 PM (EST). More information and the travel award application form is available at, or for other related questions.
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