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Environmental Enrichment For Nonhuman Primates Resource Guide: U.S. National Primate Centers

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U.S. National Primate Centers

There are seven National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) that are specialized facilities for research using nonhuman primates (NHP). 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. In FY 2012, the NPRC program was transferred to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), Division of Comparative Medicine.

California National Primate Research Center.
Contact Information: University of California, DavisOne Shields AvenueDavis California 95616-8542 USA
Tel: (530) 752-0447; Fax: (530) 752-2880
Description: 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 pathological specimens for collaborators.

Oregon National Primate Research Center.
Contact Information: 505 N.W. 185th Avenue, Beaverton Oregon 97006 USA
Tel: (503) 645-1141; Fax: (503) 690-5569
Description: 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.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 760549, San Antonio TX 78245-0549 USA
Tel: (210) 258-9400;
Description: Research focus 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. Located on the campus of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research.

Tulane National Primate Research Center.
Contact Information: 18703 Three Rivers Road, Covington Louisiana 70433 USA
Tel: (985) 871-6201; Fax: (985) 871-6569
Description: 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 services, medical illustration services, and animals.

Wisconsin Primate Research Center.
Contact Information: 1220 Capitol Court, Madison Wisconsin 53715-1299 USA
Tel: (608) 263-3500 ; Fax: (608) 265-2067
Description: 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.

Yerkes National Primate Research Center.
Contact Information: Emory University, 954 Gatewood Road Atlanta Georgia 30322 USA
Tel: (404) 727-7732; Fax: (404) 727-3108
Description: 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.

Washington Primate Research Center.
Contact Information: University of Washington, I-421 Health Sciences Box 357330 Seattle Washington 98195-7330 USA
Tel: (206) 543-1430; Fax: (206) 616-6771
Description: Current biomedical research projects emphasize neurological sciences, animal models, AIDS, virology, immunogenetics, cardiovascular function, developmental biology, and endocrinology and metabolism.