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MSMR presents professional development workshops for the research community on such topics as:

  • IACUC rights, roles and responsibilities
  • Bereavement and sensitivity for laboratory animal professionals
  • Crisis planning and communications
  • Personal and institutional security
  • On-line training for IACUC community members
  • Harmonization of IACUCs, IRBs and IBCs

We also offer in-house training to our member organizations in public outreach, communication, team-building, employee awareness and other topics. MSMR workshops are a combination of expert lecture and symposium and hands-on case-method and role-play learning. Leading experts in the field from government agencies, accrediting organizations, private firms and member companies lead our workshops.

Employees of MSMR member organizations receive discounted or free tuition at our workshops. For many of our workshops and conferences, members of States United for Biomedical Research (SUBR) also receive tuition discounts.

Want to be recognized as a future Workshop sponsor? Write to Alan Dittrich.



Your 2016 MSMR Workshop and Event Planning Guide











25th Annual Student Competition opened January 5, 2016 - Details here.





Introduction to IACUCs. Program completed,





IACUCs and IBCs - MSMR members only


Cambridge (at Biogen)
Compassion Fatigue - workshop completed


Cambridge (at Novartis)






Legislative Lunch-and-Learn - MSMR members only, by invitation - workshop completed.


Cambridge (at Pfizer)


Security Conference - workshop completed


Cambridge (at Takeda)



IACUCs and IBCs - MSMR members only


Providence (at Brown)



8th Annual Laboratory Animal Enrichment Symposium Draft agenda is here.


Registration is closed.


Poster Competition at the Enrichment Symposium was won by the team for Norfolk County Agricultural High School.



Newton (at the Marriott)


4/13/16 - 4/15/16


The Three I's Conference: Creating Connections, Sharing Solutions, Building Strategies. This program is now completed. Participants, please submit your evaluation forms.


Raleigh, NC (at the Carolina Inn)


Introduction to IACUCs. Registration is now closed. The next iteration of the course is in July. Registration will open in mid-May.




5/3/16 - 5/4/16



HYS IBC Symposium: CRISPR/Cas9 Research Risks Intersection of Science, Safety and Policy


Symposium website with detailed information and registration is here.


Boston (at the Martin Center)



Legislative Lunch-and-Learn - MSMR members only, by invitation.


Boston (Boston Children's Hospital)



MSMR Annual Meeting of Members - information and registration are here.


Boston (at the Colonnade)



Introduction to IACUCs





Introduction to IACUCs





Biomedical Research Day Honors and Luncheon


Boston (at the Union Club)



On-Line Training for IACUC Community Members ... and others

Introduction to Animal Care and Use Committees. This 6-week course covers all the basics for a new community member. It is also good adjunct training for new IACUC adminstrators or members who have not yet had the chance to take IACUC 101 or a similar course.

How does our on-line training program work?

The program consists of six lessons, one each week for six weeks. You can complete the lesson and its associated exercise at any time during the week. The instructor will have on-line office hours/chat sessions once each week: you'll receive the schedule upon registration. Successful completion of each weekly module is required before you can progress to the next module. When you successfully finish all six lessons, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.




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