Become a Member

Double HelixThe Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR) is the nation’s oldest biomedical research support organization. We have a special focus on the use of animals in research.

The Society’s mission is: To 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.

To implement this mission, we foster better understanding of biomedicine by improving basic literacy in, and
enthusiasm for the life sciences among the public, the media, legislators and future generations of citizens and scientists.

Services to Members

  • Professional development seminars and workshops with a focus on IACUCs, IBCs and other oversight committees, communications,
    and security
  • Focused training for IACUC community members
  • Customized programs and workshops on-site for member organizations
  • Legislative and regulatory monitoring for issues that affect research in New England, including issues affecting animal research
  •  Memorandum on Massachusetts Laws and Regulations Affecting Animal Research
  • Security tracking and updates, particularly with regard to animal rights extremism
  • Contact with journalists on stories of importance to our members and mission
  • Non-crisis communication and training for all members of the research institution’s management team
  • Pertinent news and information through e-alerts and the monthly MSMR e-UPDATE

Services to Students, Teachers and the Public

  • Outreach and education about animal research via presentations, letters to editors, conferences
  • The award-winning What A Year! on-line science series for middle- and high-school students
  • Classroom materials created by us and others
  • Speakers for schools, conferences, professional meetings
  • Annual student essay/poster/webpage contests
  • Background and contacts for journalists

Call the MSMR office at 978-251-1556 or e-mail us a