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This year MSMR Will CELEBRATE the TENTH ANNUAL Enrichment Symposium at the BOSTON PARK PLAZA located at 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street!

On THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 Registration is at 12:30 PM

We will hold THREE 1/2 day workshops 1 PM – 5 PM  Click here download Thursday Agenda




and on 
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018 Registration is at 7:00 AMwe will hold the FULL day Symposium 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM!

Click here to download Friday Agenda

In addition to a series of expert presentations and vendor exhibits on Friday, April 27th the symposium will feature a poster session supported by BioSERV with a certificate and $250 honorarium for the poster winner.

ALL CREATURES BIG & SMALL … Enrichment for Laboratory Animals!

Our MSMR ENRICHMENT keynote speaker for 2018, Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982) compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Ever since, de Waal has drawn parallels between primate and human behavior, from peacemaking and morality to culture. His scientific work has been published in hundreds of technical articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and outlets specialized in animal behavior. His popular books – translated into twenty languages – have made him one of the world’s most visible primatologists. His latest books are The Age of Empathy (2009), and The Bonobo and the Atheist (2013). Two recent edited volumes are The Primate Mind (2012) and Evolved Morality(2014). De Waal is C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2013, he is a Distinguished Professor (Universiteitshoogleraar) at Utrecht University. He has been elected to the (US) National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was selected by Time as one of The Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today, and in 2011 by Discover as among 47 (all time) Great Minds of Science. Being editor-in-chief of the journal Behaviour,  de Waal has stepped in the footsteps of Niko Tinbergen, one of the founders of ethology. His latest research concerns empathy and cooperation, inequity aversion and social cognition in chimpanzees, bonobos, and other species. He and his students have pioneered studies on how behavior is culturally transmitted in the primates, whether elephants recognize themselves in mirrors, how primates react to unequal reward divisions, how well primates spontaneously cooperate, and whether bonobo orphans are as emotionally affected by their trauma as human orphans.


Our goal is to introduce NEW ENRICHMENT IDEAS and TRAINING, VENDOR EXHIBITS, guest speakers and recognized experts in the field of Laboratory Animal Enrichment, TRAINING and BEHAVIOR!