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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

New:  ABRF Survey on Institutional Responses to COVID 19 Crisis – Part II - Respond by August 31   

 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.

New Programs:

 Communication between Researchers and Core Facilities Leaders
Wednesday, September 30, 1:00 pm ET

The challenges of effective communication between scientific core staff and administrative staff are often seen as a reflection of contrasting backgrounds and conflicting priorities. Granted, the day-to-day operation and management of each respective department can appear a bit mystifying (and formidable) to those on the outside; however, successful workplace communication seldom relies on shared expertise. Often the focus on how we communicate ideas becomes just as crucial as the ideas and obstacles themselves, playing a significant role in how they’re perceived and acted upon at the interdepartmental level. 

This effort requires a clear commitment from all members of the organization towards improving correspondence through best practices. By bringing core directors and administrators together to discuss these issues on a broader level, we aim to reveal common challenges and determine some of these best practices for effectively communicating across departments and units.

Richard Cole, New York State Department of Health, ABRF President
Chris Dillon, University of Florida (Moderator)
Sheenah Mische, New York University Langone Medical Center
Frances Weis-Garcia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mary Winn, Van Andel Institute

 Register here

  • 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
  • Core Administration - monthly, third Thursdays at 1:00 pm ET
       > Participants raise issues related to engaging staff, negotiating with suppliers, and updates on institution policies
       >  If you have suggested agenda items you'd like to discuss, please send those suggestions to 

       >  New: 
    Register here
  • Genomics -

   > A free-form discussion of the specific issues and challenges for Genomics core facilities

   > New:  Register here

  • Imaging -        

   > Monthly, Upcoming:  September 24, 1:00 pm ET
   > 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:  September 15

      CoreMarketplace and RRIDs in 2020:  How an RRID improves your core’s visibility and gets your core cited in publications
    • Our special guests, Anita Bandrowski & Nate Herzog will discuss what a Research Resource Identifier (RRID) is and how the CoreMarketplace utilizes them to increase accurate core citations in publications as well as increase your core’s visibility among other research sites and the wider Internet.  Contact MAD SSCi to receive the meeting link.

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


    • 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

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


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

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