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ABRF COVID-19 Initiatives and Resources

ABRF is pleased to share these resources suggested by the ABRF member community.  Inclusion here does not represent ABRF's recommendation or endorsement.

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ABRF Initiatives

 ABRF virtual town hall meetings - New Registration links

ABRF members convene on a regular basis to discuss issues and provide support to one another during the COVID crisis.  All participants agree to comply with the
ABRF Code of Conduct for Virtual Events.

 General Discussion, monthly, first Wednesday of the month, 1:00 pm ET 

An open-ended conversation is driven by the attendees to share how they are responding to the crisis, the policies and procedures in place at their institutions, as well as how to remain active while preparing for an eventual return to work

 >If you have suggested agenda items you'd like to discuss, please send those suggestions to 

   > New:  Register here

Upcoming Events:  Focus on ABRF Research Groups

Wednesday, December 2-  1:00 pm ET   - DNA Sequencing Research Group - Comparative Evaluation of Hybrid Capture Methods for Targeted RNA Sequencing

Coming January 2021 Communication Between Core Personnel and Core Users, Aimed at helping core scientists and their user learn more about how to express their goals, needs and interests.  Bridging these Communications gaps can be an important way to improve the effectiveness and value of core facilities.


    • 2 Core directors
    • Core users
      • Principal Investigator
      • Post-Doctorate researcher
      • Graduate Student
  • Moderator:
    • Chris Dillion, University of Florida

Feel free to send recommendation for other panel participants.

 Click here to view the Proteomics Research Group update from the October 7 Town Hall  and visit the Proteomics Research Group page for more information on the Group's activities.

Core Administration - monthly, third Thursdays at 1:00 pm ET

Leadership in Times of Crisis 
November 19

Katy FonnerSenior Organizational Development Consultant at Oregon Health and Science University, will present on the topic of leadership in times of crisis. We will follow that up with discussions on core and administration leadership, as well as wellness and mental health challenges we all face in the time of COVID and other compounding crises.

     Access presentation.  View recording.

    >  If you have suggested agenda items you'd like to discuss, please send those suggestions to 

   > Click here to view the October Core Administration town hall

  • Genomics -

   > First Tuesday of the month, 12:0o pm ET
       A free-form discussion of the specific issues and challenges for Genomics core facilities
       > New:  Register here

              > Click here to view the October Genomics Town Hall 

  Imaging -        

   > Quarterly, Upcoming:  TBA
   > New:  Register here
   >Addresses issues and needs specific to Imaging core facilities, including:

    • How to adapt to potential social distancing requirements 
    • Sanitizing the scopes and workstations
    • Needed hardware upgrades
    • Training, what can be done remotely
    • Sharing on-line instrument SOP and training materials

What ever else is on your mind

 ABRF Chapters' Virtual Events:

  • MAD SSCi - biweekly "Let's Do Lunch", Tuesdays at 12:00 pm ET 
    • Next event:  November 10

      - virtual meeting planned for October 13-16, 2020.  
    • SEASR - monthly , 11:00 am ET 
      Next event - TBD


    • 11:00-11:05 AM Introduction [Thayumanasamy Somasundaram]
    • 11:05-11:25 AM Topic 1: Managing personal responsibilities vs professional during covid-19 [Kimberly Dahlman]
    • 11:25-11:45 AM Topic 2: SEASR 2021 Meeting [Tiffany Seagrove]
    • 11:45-12:00 N Highlights from Illumina and Q& A [Lyra Griffiths]
    • Register in advance for this meeting:

  •  ABRF Covid-19 WhatsApp discussion.
  • ABRF Research Groups COVID-19 Updates. Click here to access ABRF Research Groups' information and post additional resources related to COVID-19.
  • ABRF Discussion Forum
  • Participate in ABRF Core Administrators’ Network Coordinating Committee Survey on Institutional Facility Response to COVID-19


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