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Fellow ABRF Members:
By the time you read this, all of our outstanding research groups and committees are likely to be feverishly working on analyzing the results of this year’s studies and assembling them for presentation at ABRF 2008. The meeting, “Enabling Technologies in the Life Sciences,” to be held February 9–12, 2008, in Salt Lake City, Utah, promises to be exceptional, with the presentations by the research groups and committees being one of the hallmarks of our meetings. My challenge to all the meeting organizers over the past three years has been to develop a program where at the end, the attendees are excited and anxious to return to their laboratories to try new protocols and experiments they have learned during their attendance at the meeting. Also, the meetings should deliver ample opportunities to network with colleagues and vendors for lasting benefit long after the meeting has ended.
This year’s organizers—Ted Thannhauser, Jocelyn Rose, and Jeff Kowalak—have assembled an excellent program meeting the challenge I have given them. On top of it all, the ABRF meeting is just great fun, providing a chance to meet old friends and colleagues and make new ones, as well as establish contacts with the research groups and committees and learn of opportunities to serve the ABRF. Plus, this year, at our Casino Night, we will get to see who are the real card sharks and poker faces in our association. If you have registered, I will see you there; if not, please consider doing so as soon as possible. This is a meeting you should not miss!