The California Biomedical Research Association (CBRA) is a consortium of academic
institutions, voluntary health agencies, hospitals, professional societies, not-for-profit
medical research institutions, and the major medical products and pharmaceutical companies
with facilities in California, Nevada, and the western region. CBRA is governed by its
member organizations, with each member facility having one designated voting representative
on the CBRA Governing Board; and by a Board of Directors, drawn from CBRA member facilities
and affirmed by the Governing Board. The Board of Directors meets quarterly and acts on
immediate issues and the general governance and management of CBRA.
Designated an IRS Section 501 (c )(4) social welfare organization, CBRA serves as the primary
voice for the biomedical research community in the greater western region, promoting and supporting
biomedical research and discovery, advocating positions consistent with the responsible use of
animals in research, and conducting public outreach on the important role of research in advancing
scientific knowledge and medical care and cure.
CBRA activities include legislative analysis and advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels;
assistance with regulatory issues and research compliance; hosting professional development conferences
and workshops; media and public relations; and assisting biomedical research, teaching, and testing
facilities and institutions in preparing for and responding to harassment and direct action by animal
extremists. In addition, CBRA provides extensive and specialized membership services for our more than
95 member facilities.
Equally important is the communication/information network maintained within our research community.
This is truly a coalition effort to support the research and teaching enterprise where animal use is
essential. The diverse perspectives of the membership are continually shared to develop a unified approach
to programs and to maintain sensitivity to the varying interests within the coalition.