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ABRF Online Workshops – Implementing Spatial Transcriptomics as a Core Service

The ABRF Education Committee is pleased to launch a new series of online workshops to provide timely content and resources for core facilities personnel.

The spatial organization of cells within a given tissue plays a crucial role in determining their overall function. Driven by the importance of understanding this organization, spatial transcriptomics is quickly coming to the forefront of new Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) applications with the ability to map cellular gene expression back to a specific location within the tissue. As the study of spatial transcriptomics continues to grow, it is imperative for core facilities and scientists to be aware of the methods available to make this work possible.

To address the growing interest in this area, ABRF is offering a three-part series dedicated to spatial transcriptomics. In this series, three methods that are currently being used by core facilities will be presented; namely, SLIDE-Seq, 10X Genomics Visium and Nanostring GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler. Attendees will receive practical advice to implement these methods in their cores. In depth information will be presented on considerations for a core setting, tissue preparation, sequencing and data analysis. At each session, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in discussion and have their questions answered by a panel of experts.

Check out the webinar details below to learn about this cutting-edge application!

  • Workshop 1: October 29, 2020 SLIDE-Seq: Organizer: Kate Hall, Stowers Institute
  • Workshop 2: November 5, 2020 10X Genomics Visium Spatial Gene Expression: Organizer: Gourab Bhattacharjee, 10X Genomics
  • Workshop 3: November 12, 2020 Nanostring GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler: Organizer: Beth Nye, Nanostring Technologies


  • Learn about three popular methods currently being used by core facilities; SLIDE-Seq, 10X Genomics Visium and Nanostring GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler 
  • Learn how to provide an end-to-end workflow from tissue preparation to analysis. 
  • Learn exciting ways spatial transcriptomics is being used in research. 
  • Get the latest updates from vendors! 

 Register here 

 Registration Fee  (for all three sessions)

ABRF Members: $50

Non-Members: $100



Join the ABRF meetings TODAY (6pm UK time) and on 19th November!

Register here for the ABRF Core Administration Town Halls. See below for details:   


Models for Internal and External Reviews: Thursday 15th October 2020 (6pm UK time)


In late September, some of us from ABRF attended a webinar hosted by our friends at CTLS, which focused on core facility benchmarking. It was an interesting conversation that highlighted the need for core evaluations, but also the challenges in developing universal metrics among different types of cores. At our next administration town hall, we look forward to continuing this conversation, specifically around models for internal and external reviews. While COVID has changed our ability to get together in person, the normalization of virtual work may provide opportunities for new core review models, especially external reviews. We encourage everyone to bring ideas and examples of how their groups and institutions are addressing this topic.

Speakers:  Andy Chitty (Director, University Shared Resources, Oregon Health and Science University) and Andrew Vinard (Director, Core Facilities, University of Massachusetts Amherst)


Leadership in Times of Crisis: Thursday 19th November 2020


On November 19, Katy FonnerSenior Organizational Development Consultant at Oregon Health and Science University, will present on the topic of leadership in times of crisis. We will follow that up with discussions on core and administration leadership, as well as wellness and mental health challenges we all face in the time of COVID and other compounding crises.

Stay tuned for more details about this and following sessions.

EMBO Core Facility Fellowships on offer


We are pleased to share the good news that EMBO is now offering Core Facility Fellowships. These fund international exchanges between core research facilities in eligible countries. These fellowships are intended for the training of core facilities staff (including scientists and technicians) in specific techniques used in core research facilities that provide services to research institutions or universities.

Click here to find out more, including how to apply.  

ABRF follow up survey on institutional responses to COVID 19 crisis – RESPONSES NEEDED BY 31st AUGUST

Shared research core facilities serve a crucial role in supporting research and training for their respective institutions. The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) is working to document and understand institutional responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic from shared resource core facilities perspectives. The goal is to create a resource to inform response and continuity planning for cores to sustain future emergencies. To this end ABRF has recently performed a survey of core facility Research Ramp-Down that occurred due to the pandemic.  Now they are reaching out to request that we assist with the follow-up survey, which focuses upon the core facility Research Ramp-Up that followed relaxation of restrictions that had been imposed.

Please complete the survey by Monday, August 31. It’ll only take about 10 minutes.

Please feel free to share this survey with others you feel may be able to contribute voice to this survey. The results of both surveys will be aggregated and data will be anonymised for further dissemination via manuscript and presentation at future meetings.

Thank you for your support of this very valuable exercise.




‘Making Science Happen’ is a new white paper published by ESFRI (the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures).

Click here to read all about it….

Register your services in CatRIS (Catalogue of Research Infrastructure Services)

CatRIS ( is an exciting project funded by the Horizon 2020 EU programme. It aims to create an open, trusted and user-friendly portal to a harmonised and aggregated catalogue of services provided by Research Infrastructures (RI), Core Facilities (CF) and Shared Scientific Resources (SSR) across Europe. It is a bottom-up initiative that is populated and run by service providers at European, national, regional and institutional levels.

Contact Anna Kamenskaya ( TODAY to find out how to register YOUR services!