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About NABR


National Voice For Animal Research

For 40 years, the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) has been the only national, non-profit organization solely dedicated to advocating sound public policy for ethical and essential animal research. NABR members rely on humane and responsible animal research to advance global human and animal health. Our members include more than 360 universities, medical and veterinary schools, teaching hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, patient groups and academic and professional societies.

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History of NABR

Founded in 1979, the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) provides a unified voice for the scientific community on legislative and regulatory matters affecting laboratory animal research. NABR works to safeguard the future of biomedical research that involves the responsible, humane, and ethical use of animals.


Your Voice in Government

As the leading public policy organization in support of animal research, NABR successfully advocated for important revisions in the 1985 amendments to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which were required to provide a more reasonable and consistent national policy framework for biomedical research. A coalition led by NABR resulted in the passage of the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 (AEPA), which first made it a federal crime to interfere with animal research facilities. NABR was also successful in obtaining statutory exemptions and amendments in the Animal Welfare Act for coverage of rats, mice and birds used in research. In 2006, NABR spearheaded the effort that led to the enactment of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), which President George W. Bush signed into law on Nov. 27, 2006.

Representing the Scientific Community

Since its inception, NABR has effectively and skillfully represented the scientific community in the Federal, State and local legislatures, and at all levels of government. With an increase in animal activist campaigns against researchers, NABR works to educate legislators with the facts about the impact of proposed changes on medical advancements. NABR continues to play a central role in ensuring that new federal laws and regulations meet both animal welfare and biomedical research needs.