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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
Comment on USDA/APHIS petitions
Homes for Animal Heroes - Rehoming of research animals
On-line IACUC training
The 2015 Student Competition Winners
Your 2015 MSMR Workshop Planning Guide

The Award-Winning What A Year! Program for Students


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


Comment on the Petition to APHIS regarding changes in the AWA annual reports


This Federal Register announcement by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) follows a petition from the National Anti-Vivisection Society to include more date be included in annual reports required under the Animal Welfare Act in the current reporting.


The comment period is through August 24, 2015.


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Comment on the Petition to APHIS regarding Ethologically Appropriate Standards fro Non-human Primates in Research



“On May 7, 2014, APHIS received a petition submitted jointly by the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund requesting that we initiate rulemaking to amend the AWA regulations. Specifically, the petition asks that we amend § 3.81 to require that research facilities construct and maintain an ethologically appropriate environment for nonhuman primates housed at the facilities, that is, an environment that is appropriate with respect to the patterns of behavior exhibited by the nonhuman primates in their natural state. The petition also asks that we amend § 3.81 to specify minimum standards that must be met in order for an environment to be considered ethologically appropriate. The petition cites standards recently adopted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for chimpanzees used in NIH-funded research as a reference point for the development of such generally applicable minimum standards and as evidence of their feasibility.”


The comment period has been extended to August 31, 2015.


Congratulations to the Winners of the 24th Annual MSMR Student Competition


  1. 1st Place (tie) - Sanjay Ganeshan (website); Karthik Karnik (poster)
  2. 2nd Place - Pariya Prama (poster)
  3. 3rd Place (tie) - Kristen Behrakis (essay); Adarsh Suresh & Anshul Joshi (joint entry - website)
  4. Honorable Mention: Bethany Ross (poster); Fang Han (poster); Sarah Lynn Duquette (poster)


And thanks to all the students who submitted and the teachers and parents who encouraged them. Our 25th Annual Student Competition will open on January 4, 2016.


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
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.


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.


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.


This program is now complete and was a notable success.


Cambridge, MA


MSMR Annual Meeting of Members. Free to MSMR members.


This program is now complete and was a notable success.


Boston, MA


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


Cambridge, MA


The Economist's War on Cancer conference.


Senior stakeholders in research, prevention, treatment, policy and financing will gather at The Economist Events' War on Cancer conference. Register today to explore cross-sector collaboration and find innovative approaches and solutions in this ongoing battle.


More information here.


MSMR is a supporting association. Save $350 on the standard rate when you register with our special discount code MSMR350Sign up here.


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


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




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.





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.



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