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Each year a number of research groups that represent a wide array of technologies used in core facilities prepare studies that help us assess the capabilities of core facilities. These groups also provide materials to member laboratories to assist them in self-evaluation. ABRF is unique in supporting such studies, and we do so because of our strong belief that they are of direct benefit to our members and to the field as a whole. Through participation in these studies, laboratories can, in an anonymous fashion, compare their work with various technologies with that of other laboratories. Members have found the observations made in these studies to be extremely useful when working with new technologies or protocols, for these research groups are able to consider without bias the strengths, shortcomings, and various limitations of the technology of interest. In an age when many factors bear upon a researcher’s ability to conduct experiments and communicate the results with full consideration, these studies are of great value in providing a realistic assessment of experimental strategies for the technologies evaluated.
The Executive Board has had the opportunity to review all the research studies that have been proposed and submitted by the various research groups and committees in preparation for next year’s annual meeting. Once again, the proposed studies are of high scientific caliber; some are survey-based, others require hands-on lab work. It is important for the research groups to gather as many data sets as possible from participating member laboratories in order to generate a meaningful outcome. All members are therefore encouraged to participate in the studies offered and are asked to return all data sets (the good, the bad, and the ugly) to the research groups in time. The results of all studies will be presented in the form of posters and research group presentations at the next annual ABRF meeting in Savannah. Typically, the study results can also be viewed on the ABRF website, and in most cases will lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals.
The Executive Board would also like to thank all of you who are volunteering your time to work in research groups and committees for all your efforts and hard work. You are the heart of our organization and your contributions are essential for the continuous growth and advancement of our organization.
The Executive Board will meet October 8–10, 2004, for their annual face-to-face Fall meeting. A significant amount of time of this meeting will be devoted to the continuation of our discussion of the long-range planning strategy for our organization. Executive Board members Preston Hensley and Jay Fox have agreed to spearhead this effort. Preston will chair this section of the Fall meeting and is planning in addition to invite some outside speakers to contribute their insights to our goal of developing a long-range plan for the ABRF. We will continue to keep the ABRF membership up to date on any developments and ask for you continuous support and contributions.
Good-Bye Marcella and Good Luck! Most of you know Marcella Jackson from FASEB—a key organizer of our annual ABRF meeting. Marcella has decided to move on with her career and has accepted the great opportunity of becoming the Director of Education at the American Society of Nephrology. Therefore, at our next meeting, you will see a new face, that of Nancy Copen, who has taken on the responsibility of being our new meeting manager. Together with Jean Lash, who continues to be responsible for our meeting exhibition, Nancy is doing a splendid job of keeping things on track to ensure a smooth transition and flawless preparation for our next annual eeting. Welcome Nancy!
Ruth Angeletti together with George Orr and Andreas Fischer are doing a fabulous job of getting the annual ABRF meeting lined up. Most of the speakers are confirmed and the assembly of plenary lectures, scientific sessions, tutorials, and roundtables is impressive. We are planning again to have a pre-meeting workshop; more information on this will follow soon. The FASEB website containing all the details for the ABRF meeting—including information about registration, reservations, and poster and travel awards—will go live on August 30th, 2004. Make sure that you stop by the website to learn all about another exciting meeting. By the time this issue of JBT publishes, you will also have received a first announcement for the meeting in your mail. We hope to see you there!