It is my great pleasure to invite all of you to the 7th Asian Network of Research Resource Centers (ANRRC) International Meeting to be held from September 16th to 18th, 2015 in Incheon, Korea.
The meeting would never be possible without the great efforts of Dr. Yeonhee Lee, the founding president of ANNRC and the Director General of Korea National Research Resource Center, and her colleagues, especially Dr. Kyungsook Ahn.
The goal of the ANRRC is to facilitate access to research resources to improve the welfare of Asian peoples by promoting the sciences, technologies, and innovations in Asia.
Thanks to Professor Yeonhee Lee, the ANRRC has been growing rapidly ever since its establishment and its members are now 97 institutions of 14 countries.
In this meeting, I hope to hear active discussions among the members on two recently developing issues surrounding resource centers.
The first is the Nagoya Protocol that entered into force in October, 2014 after over 50 countries ratified.
Some countries have already implemented the necessary measures while many counties are still in process of ratifying the Protocol.
Resource centers are expected to play a crucial role in implementation of the Protocol. Of course, a resource center is obliged to protect its national interest.
At the same time, it should also protect global interest in academic research for sustainability and welfare of the human race as declared in the spirit of ANNRC.
The second is the reproducibility of experimental results that is central to the science.
A certain portion of research results in life science cannot be reproduced by third party due to defects in experimental materials (bioresources) or inaccurate information associated with them, thus damaging the reputation of Life Science.
This is a global issue of common concerns, and therefore, a group of editors representing major journals, representatives from funding agencies and scientific leaders endorsed guidelines for biomedical research in June 2014.
Among these guidelines, it is required that bioresources they use should be deposited to repositories for sharing materials among fellow scientists and that bioresources should be described in the publications with detail information such as the source, species, strain, characteristics, details of modified genes, microbial contamination status, etc.
This means that responsibility as well as expectation on resource centers has been enlarged.
We, the members of ANRRC, should commit ourselves to fulfilling our obligations pertaining to quality control and to enhancing our enlightening activities on the importance of using authentic bioresources.
I am sure the 7th ANRRC International Meeting will be fruitful for all participants and provide an excellent opportunity for renewal of friendship among the members.
I am looking forward to seeing you all in Incheon in September.
With best regards.
President of ANRRC