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ABRF Chapters

Mid-Atlantic Association of Directors and Staff of Scientific Cores

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The primary goal of this regional chapter of the ABRF is to provide networking opportunities for core directors, managers and staff in the Mid-Atlantic region. The MADSSCi chapter will organize meetings that will provide a forum for discussion of issues related to core management and their technologies. It is also our goal to provide opportunities for core staff to network and obtain training and/or advanced technical information in a regional setting.

The intended community of interest to the MADSSCi chapter includes people involved in administration and/or operation of core and research laboratory facilities involved in biomolecular technologies primarily from the scientific research centers of the Universities and Federal Government Agencies located near Baltimore, Washington DC, Frederick MD, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Midwest Association of Core Directors

The purpose of Midwestern Association of Core Directors (MWACD) is to foster closer interactions among core facilities and to sponsor conferences of research core facility directors. The goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for networking among life science core directors and managers, for core directors to interact with colleagues, share technical advice, and discuss the continuing challenges associated with the management and operation of shared research resources and technologies.

Other advantages include: a more intimate environment of a smaller meeting for greater interaction among participants; sessions are geared more towards interactive discussions rather than lectures; and travel and meeting expenses are significantly reduced. The organization and meetings are not intended to be exclusively confined to the Midwest region: all core directors and core organization managers are encouraged to join and to attend the meeting.

NorthEast Regional Life Sciences Core Directors

The NERLSCD meeting (often called the NERDS meeting) is an outstanding regional forum for core facility administrators, directors, managers and staff to network with colleagues, to learn about biotechnology advances and their applications, and to discuss the challenges of implementing shared research resources.

Southeastern Association of Shared Resources

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The purpose of the Southeastern Association of Shared Resources (SEASR, pronounced ?Caesar?) is to provide a regional forum for core directors, managers, scientists, and technical staff to meet, discuss and collaborate on the many common issues that face us. The topic areas include, but are not limited to, facility management, efficient laboratory practices, biotechnology advances and applications, federal and financial oversight, emerging issues facing cores, etc.

West Coast Association of Shared Resource Directors

Today's competitive research environments require complex resources to support cutting edge research programs. Shared research resource professionals are responsible for creating solutions to support current and future scientific communities which will enhance and accelerate technologies, applications, infrastructure and management resources. The WACD aims to create a regional group of professionals from research focused institutions who share an interest in the development, operation and advancement of innovative, cost effective and high-throughput technology services. Annual meetings will provide an opportunity for the group to share experiences and challenges and to form relationships with peers they can connect with throughout the year on topics of interest.

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, India

C-CAMP is a Department of Biotechnology (Government of India) initiative and is part of the Bangalore Bio-cluster. Founded in 2009, C-CAMP's mission is to act as an enabler of success in bioscience research and entrepreneurship by providing technology development, technology training, and technology services in state of the art technology platforms. C-CAMP is envisioned to be a major platform technology, industry-interaction and incubator unit. C-CAMP acts as the developer and provider of high-end technologies in life science to play the essential role of an enabler of scientific activity and entrepreneurship in the Indian scientific scenario. As an ABRF Chapter, C-CAMP hopes to facilitate new networking and professional opportunities among core facility and biotechnology personnel within the India/Southeast Asia region.

ABRF Affiliates

Canadian Cytometry and Microscopy Association

The CCMA-ACCM (formerly CCA-ACC) serves the Canadian cytometry and light microscopy community. Created in 2005, the association's objectives are to encourage the sharing of knowledge regarding flow cytometry and light microscopy, to create a pan-Canadian network of people interested in these cutting edge technologies and to promote scientific exchange.

The goals of the CCMA-ACCM are to organize scientific meetings, symposia and workshops in the fields of cytometry and light microscopy. The purpose of these scientific meetings is to encourage networking within the Canadian cytometry and microscopy communities, between academic and corporate personnel, to raise money and to expend such funds to further the association's mandate. In addition, we conduct educational workshops, lectures, and seminars, and also disseminate information, scientific reports, and statistical data to increase the public's awareness and knowledge of analytical cytology.

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