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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
The MSMR 2014 Annual Meeting of Members
23rd Annual Student Competition
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.



The MSMR 2014 Annual Meeting of Members

Friday, June 20, 2014

Boston Marriott Newton


Join us for the Annual Business Meeting in the morning and then our Luncheon & Awards Program at noon.


This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Charles Vacanti of Brigham & Women's Hospital.


Learn about MSMR's year, our services for members and out plans for the upcoming year. Meet and greet with your colleagues and friends. Honor and recognize the winners of our Student Competition and their teachers.


To learn more and to register (free to MSMR members) go here.


23rd Annual Student Competition

Deadline May 2, 2014

The MSMR 23rd Annual Student Competition is open to all middle school and high school students in New England. In response to the Challenge you may submit an essay, a poster or a website you have created.

Awards to $500 and recognition at the MSMR Annual Meeting in June.

Note: The Competition closs on May 2, 2014.

To see the competition challenge, read the rules and download the Student Packet and Entry Form, go here.





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.



Your 2014 MSMR Workshop Planning Guide

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


Date(s) Topic Location
  Watch this space for our 2014 schedule, including Laboratory Animal Enrichment Symposium (and poster competition); IACUCs and IBCs: ABCs; Security and Biosecurity; Law; and The 3 I's.  
3/6/14 6th Annual Laboratory Animal Enrichment Symposium and Poster Competition. The Agenda is here. Registration is now closed. Boston Marriott Newton

MSMR's Annual Security Conference - Exploring New Trends, Issues & Developments in Security, Biosecurity and Terrorism


Agenda is here. Registration is here.


Media Sponsor ALN

Cambridge, MA
12/14 Research Animal Law - part of the year-long SUBR series. Details to follow. Boston, MA



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 next session begins on May 9, 2014 and registration is now open.



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.

To see what What A Year! has in store for this year, click here.


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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