Today I should have been welcoming many of you to ‘AbVal2020’ – the 4th International Antibody Validation Meeting organised by the University of Bath with support from AstraZeneca and the team here at CiteAb. 

This year we have all had to adapt to a new reality – COVID-19 has meant we’ve had to make changes to the way we live and work, and it has meant that bringing the community together for events like this is not currently possible. 

Delegates gather at our last AbVal event

That said, the meeting isn’t cancelled, just postponed. We really hope that we will be able to welcome you to Bath in September 2021, when we aim to offer the same programme, just at a later date. 

Today I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some resources available for the validation of antibodies and to ensure the replicability of research. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you would like to add any others to this please do drop me an email and we can update the post. 

Remind yourself of the outcomes of the last event

Whether you attended the last International Antibody Validation Meeting or not, you can take a look at the key themes that came out of the event on our blog post published in the days following it. We highlighted six key themes to keep an eye on. You can also rewatch the talks from the event on our website

Check the validation info for products you’re ordering

We now include validation information on our product listings on CiteAb, helping researchers to make better purchasing decisions. You can read all about it on our blog. 

Antibody Society webinar series

The Antibody Society offers a free to access webinar series on antibody validation on its website. This is a ten part series, especially aimed at those beginning a career in biological sciences. Leaders from across the sector share their expertise on antibody validation. Find out more on the series website. 

Nature article

A new article, ‘When antibodies mislead: the quest for validation’ was published last week on Nature. The piece shares researchers’ experiences of antibodies not working as expected, and details the drive for better validation. 

What is knockout validation? 

Knockout (KO) validation is an incredibly robust technique to confirm specificity by testing the antibody of interest in a knockout cell line or tissue that does not express the target protein – this results in highly specific antibodies. 

See our recent blog about KO validation. 

To keep up to date with our plans for AbVal2021 please bookmark the event website where we will be sharing all updates relevant to the event. And of course, keep an eye out on our blog here too! 

– Andrew and the CiteAb team