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Founded in 1983, CBRA serves as the primary voice for the biomedical research community in the greater western region on pre-clinical research and advances in human and animal health.

CBRA promotes positions consistent with the responsible use of animals in medical research and provides fact sheets and materials on a number of pertinent topics. CBRA is available to answer questions from the media, general public, and from research facilities on legislative, regulatory, and legal issues effecting biomedical research at the local, state, and federal levels, and on the critical role of animals in research. CBRA Statement: The Importance of Animals in Research & Discovery

The following documents and web links may be of interest or use to those seeking additional information about pre-clinical biomedical research, drug development, and the important role animals play in medical advancement.

Fact Sheets on Biomedical Research

Fact Sheet: Alternative Methods in Biomedical Research
Fact Sheet: Laws Governing the Role of Animals in Research
Fact Sheet: Genetically Modified Organisms and Medical Research
Fact Sheet: Myths about Animals in Research
Fact Sheet: New Drug Development Process
Fact Sheet: Why Are Animals Neccessay in Biomedical Research

Educational Materials

Benchtop to Bedside: Biomedical Research and the Process of Drug Development
Careers in Biomedical Research

Animal Welfare, Animal Care, Laws, Rules, and Regulations

The Animal Welfare Act
Fact Sheet on The Animal Welfare Act from the USDA's APHIS
Questions and Answers about the Animal Welfare Act and Its Regulations for Biomedical Research Institutions
From the NIH, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare - The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook, and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - Drug Approval Application Process
Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training
Health Research Extension Act of 1985
FDA and Good Laboratory Practice for Nonclinical Laboratory Studies

Associations and Organizations

National Association for Biomedical Research
The Foundation for Biomedical Research
Americans for Medical Progress
States United for Biomedical Research
Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
The Society for Neuroscience
The Society of Toxicology
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
The American Physiological Society (APS)