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Evening Events

Evening Tour and Reception: Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
Tuesday, October 17

After a day of intense discussion on innovative laboratory and scientific facilities, attendees were able to see one—the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR), one of the leading independent biomedical research institutions in the United States. Recognized within scientific and academic communities worldwide for its research, SFBR leads nearly 180 major research projects within the Foundation's departments of genetics, virology and immunology, physiology and medicine, organic chemistry, and comparative medicine.

The 332-acre campus boasts a wide variety of laboratory environments including the nation's only privately owned biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory; the SBC Genomics Computing Center, the world's largest computer cluster devoted to statistical genetic analysis; and the Southwest National Primate Research Center, which houses the world's largest colony of baboons numbering over 4,000.

For more information on the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, visit

Evening Reception: Knibbe Ranch
Wednesday, October 18

This year, conference attendees were able to saddle up for a relaxing evening of Texas-style fun under the stars at the Knibbe Ranch! Located on 12,000 square feet of a rolling hills, beautiful meadows, and a century old oak grove overlooking the Spring Branch Creek, the Knibbe Ranch offered plenty of opportunities to experience the native food and culture of Texas.

Spouses and partners were invited to enjoy the evening's activities. Events included hayrides around the ranch with Mr. Knibbe as he told stories of life as a rancher, photographs with Oreo the Texas Longhorn, entertaining discussions of the Ranch's pre-historic archeology, a campfire, and gaming tables with poker chips and cards to play, of course, Texas Hold ‘Em.

Attendees also enjoyed a full sit-down dinner with a menu that includes Texas-style brisket, grilled chicken, garlic mashers, potato salad, cole slaw, and a delicious peach cobbler—as well as an open bar with wine and beer. This evening offered ample opportunities to network with other attendees outside the typical conference setting. Full bus transportation was provided from the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter to the Ranch and back.

Five generations of the Knibbe family have managed the Ranch since it was founded more than 150 year ago. The land that the Ranch sits on has been in continuous agricultural operation by since 1854 and is now recognized as a Century Heritage ranch by the State of Texas. For more information on the Ranch's history and facilities, see


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