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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
Homes for Animal Heroes - Rehoming of research animals
On-line IACUC training
The 2015 Student Competition
Your 2015 MSMR Workshop Planning Guide

The Award-Winning What A Year! Program for Students


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


Rehoming That Works With The Research Community, Not Against It


The research community has been rehoming research animals for more than 40 years. Some animal rights groups have made it unsafe for our community to continue this loving practice. Our network will allow us to continue to find the right homes for our heroes, safely and reliably.


We work with the research community to foster, train and place research animals in permanent, loving homes. Learn more here.



Your 2015 MSMR Workshop and Member 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.


Topic Location


Research Animal Law - part of the year-long SUBR series. Free to MSMR members. Kindly hosted by Burns & Levinson LLP. This program is now complete and was a notable success.


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). This program is now complete and was a notable success.


Raleigh, NC


7th Annual Laboratory Animal Enrichment Symposium. Free to MSMR members.


The This program is now complete and was a notable success.


The Symposium agenda is here.


Newton, MA


3Rs Sharing Conference. In collaboration with New Jersey Assocation for Biomedical Research (NJABR), AALAS and IQ 3Rs LG.


The This program is now complete and was a notable success.


Newton, MA


MSMR's First Vendor Show. Free to MSMR members and guestsSee who'll be there.


Connect with the best providers of goods and services in a low-key, social environment.


MSMR provides light refreshments and beverages. The event runs from 4pm to 7pm. All members are welcome at no charge.


Cambridge, MA


MSMR Annual Meeting of Members. Free to MSMR members. Register here now.


Boston, MA
10/5 - 10/6/15


IAA Best Practices Meeting. In collabora-tion with the IACUC Administrators Association and Tufts University. Hosted by The Broad Institute.






IACUCs and IBCs - Frameworks for Compliance. Free to invited MSMR members.


Members host

1/9/15; 4/10/15; 7/10/15; 9/4/15


Special 6-Week On-line Training: Introduction to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees. Offered 4 times per year. See the starting dates to the left. Registration for the July 10 iteration will open on June 1st.


Other programs coming: including a new webinar for principal investigators  



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.

We will soon be opening registration for the session that begins on July 10, 2015.


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.



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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