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The progress of biomedical research is threatened by the growing scientific illiteracy of the public and, in particular, our young people. Opinion polls have shown that most adults do not understand the process of bringing basic research into applications that directly benefit their health and well-being.   Biological science education is in serious trouble as indicated by the rapid decline in numbers of college students graduating with degrees in biomedical science. Education of the general public, our young people and their teachers is of vital importance to the future of science and biomedical research.

The current misconceptions about the use of animal models in research are of great concern. Science teachers in the elementary, middle and high schools must be provided information on the relevancy of animal research and the roles that animals play in scientific and medical progress. At all levels of society, the facts concerning the process of medical discovery must be instilled. Without exposure to the truth concerning research, many of our next generation will be deceived into believing that biomedical research, particularly that involving animals, is unnecessary.

The Southwest Association for Education in Biomedical Research (SwAEBR) has been formed with the specific mission of developing and implementing a strong proactive campaign to educate school children, as well as the general public, in the vital role biomedical research plays in their everyday lives. The Association will disseminate information necessary to improve the public's understanding of how responsible and humane biomedical research has led to significantly improved health for humankind and its animal companions.

Institutional membership is open to any organization which supports the purposes of the Association, and is involved in at least one of the following endeavors: 1) the conduct of biomedical research, education or testing; 2) the conduct of other scientific research or education, or 3) the promotion of human or animal health. Institutions may be admitted to the Association by a vote of a majority of the board of directors and upon payment of the financial contribution as established by the board of directors. Each member institution is allowed one official representative and one vote.

Individuals may support the Association through honorary membership known as Friends of SwAEBR. Friends are not required to pay dues, not entitled to vote, and have access to all services and programs sponsored by the Association.

For a brochure on what SwAEBR can do for your organization click here

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