"Primate Centers and Animal Colonies" (Updated September 2003 by Kristina Adams) is a chapter from: Kreger, Michael D. (March 1999). Environmental Enrichment for Nonhuman Primates Resource Guide. AWIC Resource Series No. 5. U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library, Animal Welfare Information Center, Beltsville, MD. E-mail: Contact us: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/contact.php .
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National Primate Research Centers
National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) are a group of eight highly specialized facilities for research using nonhuman primates (NHP). The centers are funded by grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM). Staffed with experienced research and support personnel, each center provides the appropriate research environment to foster the development of NHP models of human health and disease for biomedical investigations. The NPRCs are affiliated with academic institutions and are accessible to eligible biomedical and behavioral investigators supported by research project grants from the NIH and other sources. The National Primate Research Centers were formerly called Regional Primate Research Centers. The name was changed in April 2002 to reflect the expanded role of the centers. For more information, visit http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/compmed/cm_nprc.asp.
California National Primate Research Center
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Tel: (530) 752-0447, Fax: (530) 752-2880, Email: email@example.com
Research emphasizes the effects of environmental influences on human health and basic biological approaches. Resources provided include medicine, pathology and clinical laboratory services, electron microscopy, inhalation toxicology chambers, colony database, animals from breeding and research colonies, research facilities and pathalogical specimens for collaborators.
New England Primate Research Center
One Pine Hill Dr.
PO Box 9102
Southborough, MA 01772
Tel: (508) 524-8002, Fax: (508) 460-0612, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research emphasis is on infectious diseases, immunology, ocological herpesviruses, pathology, behavioral biology, and cardiovascular disease. Provides tissues and other specimens for approved research projects as well as animals from breeding colonies.
Oregon National Primate Research Center
505 N.W. 185th Ave.
Beaverton, OR 97006-3448
Tel: (503) 645-1141, Fax: (503) 690-5569, Email: email@example.com
Scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center conduct basic and applied biomedical research in three priority areas identified for improving human health and well-being: (1) fertility control, early embryo development and women’s health; (2) brain development and degeneration; and (3) newly emerging viruses, especially AIDS-related agents.
Southwest National Primate Research Center
P.O. Box 760549
San Antonio, TX 78245-0549
Tel: (210) 258-9400, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
“At SNPRC, the primary research focus is on nonhuman primate models of human diseases, including common chronic diseases and infectious diseases, genetic and environmental effects on physiological processes, and susceptibility to specific diseases.” The center is located on the campus of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (http://www.sfbr.org).
Tulane National Primate Research Center
18703 Three Rivers Road
Covington, LA 70433
Tel: (504) 892-2040, Fax: (504) 893-1352, E-mail: email@example.com
Specializes in research in microbiology, parasitology, urology, gene therapy, and behavior. Provides laparoscopy, ultrasound, and specimens. Collaborating scientists receive animal care, pathology services, parasitology services, science information ser vices, medical illustration services, and animals.
Wisconsin Primate Research Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1220 Capital Court
Madison, WI 53715-1299
Tel: (608) 263-3500, Fax: (608) 263-4031, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research emphasizes reproduction and development, neurobiology, physiological ethology, psychobiology, aging and metabolic disease, and immunology and virology. Outside investigators may request biological materials. Collaborating scientists receive many bioservices, computer services, and animals.
The WPRC library is available to the public and is used for computerized database searches; document delivery; and contains 6,000 books; 10,000 volumes of journals; 300 active journal sub-scriptions; and 7,000 slides, videotapes, and other audiovisual materials. This is a major international resource.
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Office of Public Affairs
954 Gatewood Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
Tel: (404) 727-7732, Fax: (404) 727-3108, E-mail: email@example.com
Research emphasis is on biomedical and biobehavioral research to improve the health and well-being of human and nonhuman primates. Animals, veterinary medicine, pathology, and biomedical engineering are provided to investigators.
Additional Primate Centers and Animal Colonies
Caribbean Primate Research Center
University of Puerto Rico
Medical Sciences Campus
P.O. Box 1053
Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico 00952-1053
Tel: (809) 784-6619, Fax: (809) 795-6700, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The CPRC currently consists of three facilities: (1) the unique free-ranging island colony of rhesus monkeys on Cayo Santiago which is used primarily for behavioral, demographic, genetics and noninvasive types of biomedical research, (2) the Sabana Seca Field Station, an NIH-owned facility, which houses rhesus monkeys derived from the Cayo Santiago colony in various outdoor configurations for behavioral and biomedical studies, and (3) the CPRC Museum, located at the School of Medicine on the Medical Sciences Campus, which contains the CPRC Skeletal Collection, one of the world's largest collections of complete nonhuman primate skeletons for anatomical, anthropological and biomedical research. The CPRC also supports a field study site for investigations on introduced, unprovisioned, free-ranging populations of patas and rhesus monkeys located in the Sierra Bermeja of southwestern Puerto Rico.”
Duke University Primate Center
3705 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705
Tel: (919) 489-3364, Fax: (919) 490-5394, E-mail: email@example.com
“Research at the Primate Center focuses on several major areas: the systematics, behavior, physiology, biomechanics and anatomy of living lemurs; husbandry practices necessary for keeping and breeding prosimians; field research involving the distribution, behavior, ecology, and conservation needs of lemurs in Madagascar; field research on habitat conservation, reintroduction of lemurs into the wild, and effectiveness of conservation education programs; and evolution of primates through the discovery, description, and analysis of living and fossil primates.” Researchers from outside the university are welcome and should contact the center to discuss their project.
Living Links Center
954 N. Gatewood Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Tel: (404) 727-0915, Fax: (404) 727-3270, Email: LIVING_LINKS@emory.edu
The Living Links Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution specializes in comparisons of the social life, ecology, cognition, neurology, and molecular genetics of four extant great apes (bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans) and humans. The Center was established in 1997 at Emory University and is an integrated part of Yerkes Primate Center. The institute conducts all of its work with noninvasive techniques that they would not hesitate to apply to human volunteers. Their goals are 1) to reconstruct human evolution, 2) pinpoint the differences and similarities between humans and apes, and 3) educate the public about apes, and promote their well-being and conservation.
New Iberia Research Center http://nirc.louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
4401 W. Admiral Doyle Drive
New Iberia, LA 70560
Tel: (337) 482-2411, Fax: , E-mail: NIRCadmin@louisiana.edu
“The University of Louisiana at Lafayette New Iberia Research Center specializes in the breeding, management, and importation of a diverse range of nonhuman primate species and offers a broad range of diagnostic, laboratory, and human resources for the development and characterization of nonhuman primate models for applied and basic research aimed at promoting human quality of life.”
Squirrel Monkey Breeding and Research Resource http://www.smbrr.org
Primate Research Laboratory
Department of Comparative Medicine
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688
Tel: (334) 460-6238, Fax: (334) 460-7783, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research emphasizes multidisciplinary studies of reproduction in captive Bolivian squirrel monkeys and providing a resource of laboratory born and reared animals for NIH-sponsored research programs. Outside investigators may request tissue or body fluid specimens. Collaborating investigators are provided animal husbandry, medical care, pathology services, and colony animals.
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