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APRIL 27, 2018

Boston, MA

Subject: We are seeking colorful and informative posters covering aspects of enrichment used with any laboratory animal species. Accepted posters will be displayed at the TENTH Annual MSMR Enrichment Symposium: All Creatures Big and Small … Animal Enrichment in a Laboratory Environment on April 27, 2018.

The poster award recipient(s) will demonstrate how (a) enrichment concepts are utilized, (b) living environments are enhanced, (c) research is positively impacted with welfare improvements, and/or (d) stress is reduced in the laboratory animals. This critical information must be conveyed in a clear, concise and professional manner. The poster cannot be for commercial advertisement or soliciting sales of a product.

Poster Size: 2’ x 3’ Submit as PDFs: winners will be asked to provide a version mounted on foam board for display at the Symposium

Submission details: Posters should be submitted as PDF files in two versions: one version with all author and contact information and one blind judging version without any author or contact information.  Deadline for submission is March 23, 2018.

Email your PDFs as attachments to

In the body of the e-mail include your name, institution, telephone number and poster title as well as your collaborators’ names, titles, and institutions.

Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Does the enrichment promote species appropriate behavior, improved welfare, and/or better understanding of behavior?
  • Metrics
  • Are metrics available to support the findings?
  • Impact & Innovation
  • What is the overall future or continuing impact on the broader scientific community of the innovations and/or efforts? Are the data novel; does this work contribute to basic knowledge of animal behavior/welfare?
  • Potential for broad adoption
  • Can the enrichment be widely adopted?
  • Technical Spec: Here are the required* and suggested elements for your poster –
  • Title*
  • Authors*
  • Institutional Affiliation*
  • Abstract – a brief abstract, up to 200 words*
  • Background (if applicable)
  • Materials and Methods (if applicable) If your poster is about construction of a novel device, please be sure to include pictures of the device!
  • Results
  • Conclusions*
  • References (if applicable)

Submission deadline: March 23, 2018

Notification: Applicants will be notified of acceptance by e-mail. Accepted posters will be displayed at the Enrichment Symposium.

The poster award recipient will receive a certificate and a $250 honorarium, generously donated by BioServ.

What A Year! for middle and high school students and teachers

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What A Year! explains a biomedical research breakthrough each month of the school year and gives some information about the people behind it. You can learn what’s going on in your scientific back yard, and to dig a lot deeper if you want.

Right now, someone is announcing a new insight or a new discovery that could have a huge impact on all of us. Guaranteed.

The news doesn’t always make it onto TV or newspapers. Even finding it on the Internet is hard sometimes. And then it’s presented for the benefit of other scientists, not students in middle and high school.

The mission of  What A Year! is to bring you great news in biomedical research in a way that you can appreciate and understand.

Each month we’ll put a new story here. What kind? Something that opens a whole new window on human or animal life. Or, something that might, after more research and development, lead to a cure for an illness, or a new way to treat a medical condition.

Check it out.

Dana-Farber’s William Kaelin, Jr. wins 2016 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research

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Dr. Kaelin

The 2016 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award honors three physician-scientists for their discovery of the pathway by which cells from human and most animals sense and adapt to changes in oxygen availability, a process that is essential for survival. Scientists had long appreciated that the success of today’s dominant life forms hinges on oxygen, yet little was known about their responses to it. William G. Kaelin, Jr. (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School),Peter J. Ratcliffe (University of Oxford/Francis Crick Institute), and Gregg L. Semenza (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) illuminated the core molecular events that explain how almost all multicellular animals tune their physiology to cope with varying quantities of the life-sustaining element, thus exposing a unique signaling scheme.

MSMR’s 25th Annual Student Competition Winners

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MSMR’s 25th Annual Student Competition

January 5 – May 9, 2016

Reflecting What A Year! A Year of Science Discoveries

A Student Essay, Poster or Webpage Competition !

Our winners were announced and awarded at the MSMR Annual Meeting of Members Luncheon on June 24th at the Colonnade Hotel. They are:

Jocelyn Koelb
NH – Home School
1st Place
Middle School
Essay: Brain Organoids: An In Vitro Breakthrough
Melissa Mello
MA – Norfolk County Agricultural High School

1st Place Tie
High School

Website: Bio-Inspired Coating Repels Blood and Bacteria
Ryan LaPointe
MA – Mass. Academy of Math and Science

1st Place Tie
High School

Website: Brainprint
J’Lise Potter
CT – Science and Technology Magnet High School

2nd Place
High School

Poster: Melt Away Cataracts
Aarushi Pendharkar
MA – Mass. Academy of Math and Science

3rd Place Tie
High School

Website: Optogenetics Suppresses Tumor Growth
Tal Usvyatsky
MA – Mass. Academy of Math and Science

3rd Place Tie
High School

Poster: Discoveries in Heart Disease
Emily Wysocki
MA – Norfolk County Agricultural High School

Honorable Mention
High School

Website: Researchers Transplant Bioengineered Rat Forelimb
Heather Wing
MA – Mass. Academy of Math and Science

Honorable Mention
High School

Poster: The Cure for Obesity

Pariya Prama
CT – Science and Technology Magnet High School

Honorable Mention
High School

Poster: Modification of Leukemia Cells Into Leukemia-killing Immune Cells

The 2016 Annual Meeting of Members

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The 2016 Annual Meeting of Members will feature our Business Meeting in the morning followed by our Luncheon, Awards and Keynote.

Dr BhatiaThe Special Honoree this year is Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia of MIT

Sangeeta N. Bhatia, MD, Ph., is a biological engineer and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Bhatia’s research investigates applications of micro- and nano-technology for tissue repair and regeneration.

In 2003, she was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.  She was also named a “Scientist to Watch” by The Scientist in 2006, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2008.

Dr. Bhatia co-authored the first undergraduate textbook on tissue engineering and was an editor for two books, Microdevices in Biology and Medicine and Biosensing