A Personal Invitation from Irene Hulede, ABRCMS Project Director

Hello, everyone! 

It’s with great pleasure that I invite you to the 20th edition of the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS), Nov. 9-12, in Anaheim, Calif. In only two weeks, we will converge for our first in-person conference since 2019. 

Irene Hulede

You may notice our name change—one that we think better reflects the diversity of scientists, including students, graduate students and faculty, who attend this conference to learn, grow and make professional connections. At ABRCMS, everyone is welcome! 

The world has also changed significantly since our last in-person conference. While the COVID-19 pandemic kept us apart physically, it created new opportunities for collaboration among scientists from all disciplines. This year, we focus on reconnecting with the community of scientists ABRCMS has nurtured since 2001. 

This year’s program features 32 scientific sessions, 48 professional development and networking sessions and 3 accomplished keynote speakers. There also will be 120 oral presentations, over 2,000 poster presentations and about 150 virtual ePoster presentations from scientists in 12 scientific disciplines

Another important change is the new Graduate Symposium, which will convene Nov. 8-9 before the official start of ABRCMS 2022. We listened to graduate students and recognized their need for education and connection specific to their unique position in academics and science. From that feedback, we developed a day-and-a-half symposium focused solely on building that community with these key components:

  • Highlighting graduate students’ research through oral presentations.
  • Building graduate students’ scientific networks with STEM and career professionals. 
  • Strengthening graduate students’ professional development skills.

I’m excited to see our graduate students experience these more customized benefits through this new symposium.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Avery August for his exceptional leadership, members of the ABRCMS Steering Committee and the many research faculty advisors who have served as judges and mentored students through the career trajectory. Without their expertise and support, this conference would not be the success that it is today.

I also applaud all the ASM staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure a rewarding experience for ABRCMS participants — students, faculty members and exhibitors. Much appreciation goes to Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, ASM’s CEO, and ASM Board of Directors for their continued support of the education programs. Finally, I would like to acknowledge our funding agency, the National General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for supporting ABRCMS for over 20 years.

I’m beyond grateful that we’re coming back together again, and I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new attendees. And for those unable to attend the live conference, a virtual component will be available to allow everyone to participate in this dynamic event.

I’m also happy to announce the launch of our new meeting news site,, the official digital news source of ABRCMS 2022. Watch for our emails and check the news site before and during the conference for the latest meeting news, session previews and schedule updates. We trust you will find this expanded outreach helpful and informative.

To stay connected with the ABRCMS community, I also invite you to join ABRCMS365, a virtual extension of the in-person conference and an opportunity to participate in year-round scientific and professional development engagement.

See you in Anaheim!


Register for ABRCMS 2022

It’s not too late to register for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS), the go-to conference for underrepresented scientists at various stages of their professional and educational journeys. ABRCMS includes programming for undergraduate students, graduate and postdoctoral scientists, faculty, program directors, administrators and more.

ABRCMS 2022 is being held Nov. 9-12 in Anaheim, Calif. Can’t make it in-person? The meeting features a virtual component so you can still participate in this dynamic event.