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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
On-line IACUC training
PRIM&R Winter Regional Meeting
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.

Include MSMR in your United Way giving




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




The 24th Annual MSMR Student Competition

Jan. 5, 2015 - May 9, 2015

Level I: grades 7 - 8; Level II: grades 9 - 12


You are a science reporter for a science website for teenage students. Learn about a recent biomedical research breakthrough and create an essay, poster or webpage that clearly explains this discovery. The best entries in each Level can win prizes up to $500; winners are recognized at the MSMR Annual Meeting in June. Learn more by clicking on this Student Competition link.



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.


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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)


Register: The conference is now at capacity and registration is closed.




Key Solutions Inc. is the leader in providing integrated, comprehensive software products and services to universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms, government facilities and independent institutes worldwide. Our software solutions streamline and automate Research Administration and Compliance processes, Grants Management, and Conflict of Interest Management for our customers. Founded and based in Silicon Valley, Key Solutions continuously strives to advance discovery as an effective partner to the Life Science and Research communities.


Key Solutions’ customer base is comprised of university research centers, academic medical centers, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies, specifically the Office of Research for their Institutional Review Boards (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), Institutional Bio-safety Committees (IBC), Radiation Safety Committees (RSC), Chemical Safety Committees (CSC), Stem Cell Committees (SCRO), Lab Animal Resources Management (LARS), Lab Animal Health Records Management (LAHS), Conflict of Interest (COI), Pre and Post-Award Grant Management (eGrants). Our solutions range from out-of-the box solutions to highly configured solutions deployed either as customer-hosted or as cloud-based SaaS.





Raleigh, NC


7th Annual Laboratory Animal Enrichment Symposium. Free to MSMR members. More details coming soon.


The Symposium Agenda is here.




Newton, MA


3 R's Sharing Conference. In collaboration with New Jersey Assocation for Biomedical Research (NJABR) and  IQ 3 R's LG. More details coming soon.


Newton, MA


MSMR Annual Meeting of Members. Free to MSMR members.


Boston, MA


IAA Best Practices Meeting. In collaboration with the IACUC Administrators Association and Tufts University.


Boston, MA


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


Members host

1/9/15; 4/10/15; 7/10/15; 9/11/15


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. .


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.

Registration for the session that begins on January 9, 2015 is now closed. We will soon be opening registration for the session that begins on April 10, 2015. Check back here for all the details.


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.




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.



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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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