LRRI serves the world through research on the prevention, treatment and cure of respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD, allergies and cancers; diseases which also occur in animals. The humane, highly regulated, use of animals in biomedical research remains vital to saving human and animal lives, and to alleviating human and animal suffering. Such care is critical to the success of our mission. We strive to continuously improve the welfare and the environments of our animals by exceeding all applicable laws, guidelines and regulations. Employees are trained to provide the highest level of quality care for our animals, and we believe the quality of our research depends upon the quality of our animal care. Our employees are held to the highest standards that meet or exceed those mandated by the Animal Welfare Act, which is overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA.