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We promote and enhance biomedical and biological research, including the humane care and use of animals, for the improved health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment.

The goal of MSMR is to foster a better understanding of biomedicine by improving basic literacy in and enthusiasm for the biological sciences among the public, the media, and future generations.

Although membership services are important to our work, a great part of our mission is directed to the public in general.

Education is necessarily a major component in the pursuit of our mission. We teach students; we train teachers; we develop curricula that increase science literacy and promote understanding of the importance of biomedical research to our lives.


 

 

Link to these Highlights
Biomedical Research Day
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)
curiousYOUNGwriters
On-line IACUC training
Your MSMR Workshop Planning Guide

The Award-Winning What A Year! Program for Students

 

For a Remembrance of Dr. Leslie Nader, go here.


Include MSMR in your United Way giving

 


 

Biomedical Resarch Day

 

 

        

 

 

Celebrate Biomedical Research Day on October 21st. Download and print out our posters (click on each poster to download it) and place them throughout your facility. And tell us what interesting and fun ways that you make Biomedical Research Day special in your organization. Biomedical research is all about teamwork. Let us know how your team will celebrate its dediction to life-saving research.

 

Graciously sponsored by:

 

     

 

 

        

 


 

Basel Declaration Society statement on air transport of animals for research. To read this thoughtful statement, check here.

 


Dual Use Research of Concern

September 24, 2014 - "Today the USG released the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. The policy addresses institutional oversight of DURC, which includes policies, practices, and procedures to ensure DURC is identified and risk mitigation measures are implemented, where applicable. Institutional oversight of DURC is the critical component of a comprehensive oversight system because institutions are most familiar with the life sciences research conducted in their facilities and are in the best position to promote and strengthen the responsible conduct and communication of DURC.

 

For complete details, in-depth documentation, case studies and frameworks, go here.

 


 

Your 2014-2015 MSMR Workshop and Event Planning Guide

MSMR's professional development workshops offer participant tools to do their jobs better. Check here for greater detail about each program two months before the scheduled date.

 

Date(s)
Topic Location
10/24/14

Big Data and the IRB - Produced by Quorum Review IRB and co-sponsored by MSMR and the Boston University School of Medicine. More information is here. Agenda is here. Registration is here.

Cambridge, MA

10/21/14

 

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10/28/14

Massachusetts Biomedical Research Day - honoring the men and women who dedicate their lives and careers to biomedical research. Free to MSMR members. Register here.

 

The 2014 Biomedical Research Day Posters. Download and post them.

 

Sponsored by Charles River Laboratories, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research and The Massachusetts Medical Society.

Boston, MA
12/8/14

Research Animal Law - part of the year-long SUBR series. Details to follow. Free to MSMR members. Kindly hosted by Burns & Levinson LLP

Boston, MA
3/4 - 3/6/15

3 I's Conference (IACUCs, IBCs and IRBs). In collaboration with North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR)

Raleigh, NC
4/9/15
7th Annual Laboratory Animal Enrichment Symposium. Free to MSMR members. Newton, MA
5/14/15
3 R's Sharing Conference. In collaboration with New Jersey Assocation for Biomedical Research (NJABR) and  IQ 3 R's LG. Newton, MA
6/26/15
MSMR Annual Meeting of Members. Free to MSMR members. Boston, MA
TBA
IACUCs and IBCs - Frameworks for Compliance. Free to invited MSMR members. Members host

3x/yr

Current: 9/19/14

Special On-line Training: Introduction to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees Internet
TBA
Other programs coming: including a new webinar for principal investigators  

 

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Special On-Line Training for

IACUC Members

 

MSMR offers our exclusive On-LineTraining Program for IACUC Members, with a special focus on Community (Non-affiliated) Members. Study in the comfort of your own home.

This is a 6-week semi-self-paced course with live instructor office hours and weekly homework.

Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians successfully completing all course requirements are eligible for RACE-approved credit hours. To learn more, call the MSMR office.

The current session began on September 19, 2014. It is now fully subscribed. To be placed on the early notification list for the next on-line course session, please e-mail us with your name and institution.

 


 

What A Year!

Science that's happening now!

What A Year! spends every day reading through scientific journals, conference programs and science websites to find the best breakthroughs on which to report.

Science is Everywhere!

Want to learn about a nano-tattoo that may someday replace repeated finger sticks for people with diabetes? Or why hibernating bears don't end up with fragile bones, the way hibernating people would? What A Year! awaits you on-line. Just click here.

What A Year! is free. You can also sign up to get our monthly e-mail announcement or get an RSS feed, or a Twitter feed.

Our archive has all the monthly What A Year! stories from the last seven school years. You can check it out and enjoy the ones you missed. Just click here.

Each month of the school year (September - June) you can learn about medical breakthroughs, what they might mean for future cures and treatments, and a little about the people who dedicate their lives to research.

What A Year! has sarted a new year of amazing discoveries.

 


 

curiousYOUNGwriters

The Meleagris gallopavo, also known as the turkey, and humans share many of the same symptoms of cardiomyopathy [By Riki7 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons].curiousYOUNGwriters is hosted by States United for Biomedical Research (SUBR) of whihc MSMR is a founding member. cYw provides a platform for publishing student writing that describes a nontraditional animal model and its role in advancing understanding of a specific disease, disorder, or medical condition. Each juried entry is authored by a pre-collegiate student who researches and writes about uncommon animals that are helping researchers find better answers to some age-old health questions. Check out all  the stories at curiousYoungwriters.

 


 

MSMR is a Partner in the APS Life Sciences

Teaching Resource Community

There are thousands of teaching resources for K - 16, grad school and medical school, ranging from individual images to entire syllabi. All are peer reviewed.

 

 
 

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