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Fellow members of the ABRF, first I wish to introduce myself, Jay Fox, as the current president of the ABRF. I assumed the position at the end of the national meeting in Savannah in February. I have had a long, useful, and enjoyable association with the ABRF and it is an honor to serve as the president of the association. I know that you all will join me in thanking Kristine Swiderek for her outstanding contributions as president of the organization for the last two years. She has guided the Executive Board and the ABRF with insight and a steady purpose that will continue to benefit the future of our organization.
I wish to report that the Association is in a strong position with regard to its membership, fiscal position, and activity level among the committees and research groups. Over the past year, the Executive Board has launched the new Computational Biology Research Group, and in concert with the current Proteomics Research Group, expanded that area to include a Proteomics Standards Research Group and Quantitative Proteomics Research Group. Of particular significance to our future is the formation of the Long Range Planning Committee. The Committee has been very active this year assessing the future of biomolecular resource facilities in terms of potential new directions based on novel, developing technologies and cooperative, systems biology efforts that are beginning to be seen in some institutions. The Committee reported to both the research group chairs and the general membership at the annual meeting in Savannah. Now, based on the feedback of these groups, the Long Range Planning Committee is working on developing milestones for implementing the concepts proposed by the groups.
I also wish to welcome two new Executive Board Members; Dr. Mike Doyle and Dr. Nancy Denslow who began their terms in December, replacing Dr. Preston Hensley and Dr. Ted Thannhauser. I believe the association is very fortunate in having Mike and Nancy on the board and I certainly look forward to working with them.
Finally, I invite the membership to feel free to contact me or any other board member if they have ideas or thoughts regarding for the future of the association. It is our wish to ensure that the voice of the members be heard and that the lines of communication are always open.
Jay W. Fox