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ABRF COVID-19 Initiatives and Resources

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ABRF Initiatives

ABRF Re-opening Series - Part 1 - PPE in Core Facilities, Wednesday, May 27
View webinar recording here.   Slide presentation.

As core facilities begin to reopen, how will requirements for PPE affect research lab operations, including monitoring and enforcement procedures, staff scheduling, and purchasing issues?  ABRF was pleased to host the first in a series of virtual panel discussions, to engage corporate partners to help identify shared challenges and ask common questions. 

This session featured representatives from key suppliers of personal protective equipment, including:

Moderators:  Andrew Chitty, ABRF Past President, Director, University Shared Resources, Oregon Health & Science University

Robert Steen, Director, BPF NGS Genomics Core Facility, Department of Genetics,
Harvard Medical School

Panelists:

John Ahearn, Senior Vice President, of Education and Research, Medline

John Voycik, Vice President, Segment Solutions, Education & Medical Research, Healthcare, and Government, Avantor VMR

Aaron Spang, Vice President, Research & Academic Healthcare, E&I Cooperative Services

Chris Lope, Vice President, Education and Research, Medline

Lindsay Dahlberg, Associate Director, Procurement Services, Northeastern University

Jeff DiCiaccio, Director of Strategic Procurement, Harvard Medical School

ABRF virtual town hall meetings.
ABRF members convene on a regular basis to discuss issues and provide support to one another during the COVID crisis.

  • General Discussion, each Wednesday at 1:00 pm ET
       > Upcoming:  June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24
       > 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
       > Zoom event link
       > Add to Calendar
  • Core Administration - every other Thursdays at 1:00 pm ET
       > Upcoming June 4, June 18
       > Participants raise issues related to engaging staff, negotiating with suppliers, and updates on institution policies
       >  Zoom event link
       >  Add to Calendar
  • Genomics - every other Tuesdays at 11:00 am ET

   > Upcoming  June 2, June 16, June 30
   > A free-form discussion of the specific issues and challenges for Genomics core facilities
   > Topics to be addressed include:

  1. Sample collection.  Are we concerned about receiving samples from labs on-campus and/or off-campus?
  2. Concerned about receiving samples from COVID research labs.
  3. Sharing SOPs for handling samples and working in the lab.  Are your SOPs going to change for your cores when you return?
  4. When you return, what changes will be made with regard to social distancing and communicating with clients?
  5. Instrumentation maintenance
  6. Anything else you may want to bring up

   >  Zoom event link
    > Add to Calendar

  • Imaging -        

   > Upcoming May 28, June 11, June 25
   >  Zoom event link
    > Add to Calendar
   >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

Proteomics -

  •    Upcoming June 1, June 15, June 29
       > An overview of the particular concerns and needs for Proteomics core facilities
       >  Zoom event link
       > Add to Calendar 

ABRF Chapters' Virtual Events:

    • MAD SSCi - biweekly "Let's Do Lunch", Tuesdays at 12:00 pm ET 
    • NERLSCD - weekly Happy Hour, Thursdays at 4:00 pm ET
    • SEASR - monthly, 11:00 am ET
  • 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

Learning Opportunities

Royal Microscopy Society Virtual Meetings to establish safe working practices in the COVID-19 era 

Light Microscopy - May 13
Electron Microscopy - May 14
Flow Cytometry - May 15

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