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The CNPRC is a part of the National Primate Research Centers Program and is dedicated to improving human and animal health.

The CNPRC is one of eight such centers supported by the National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director(NIH/OD). The National Primate Research Centers are a unique resource for investigators studying human health and disease, offering the opportunity to assess the causes of disease, and new treatment methods in nonhuman primate models that closely recapitulate humans. Research performed at the CNPRC, and other National Primate Research Centers, provides necessary information before proceeding to clinical trials in humans, leading to new drugs, therapies, and surgical procedures that benefit human health and quality of life.

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What's New

April 15, 2014

Dietary Sugar Affects Oocyte Maturation
CNPRC housed rhesus monkeys fed relatively low doses of dietary sugar over 6 months showed significant impairments in oocyte maturation and major changes in early embryo gene expression, according to researchers Charles L. Chaffin (University of Maryland School of Medicine), Catherine VandeVoort (CNPRC Reproductive Sciences and Regenerative Medicine Unit), and colleagues.

February 11, 2014

Using Monkey Social Systems to Predict Banking Crises
Dr. Brenda McCowan, Core Scientist in the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit, and Program Head of Behavior Management, and Dr. Brianne Beisner, CNPRC and School of Veterinary Medicine Project Scientist, collaborated on a fascinating study that compares rhesus monkey social systems to financial systems, and propose that tools developed can provide an early warning system of an impending crisis in human societies. More.

9-13-13 JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Position Available: Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Director, California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC). The Director will hold a joint academic, administrative, and professorial appointment in an appropriate academic department of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Salary and level will be commensurate with qualifications.

To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2013. Position open until filled. See full job description and link to UC Davis job announcement here

  Calendar of Events

April 22, 2014

Barbara L. Shacklett, PhD, Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis – “Mucosal Immunity and HIV Infection: Classical T-Cells and Beyond”



The 5th Annual Lung Research Day will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the UC Davis Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility. This event brings together clinical and basic sciences faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students, and industry partners to share topics in current research.

To Register: Lung Research Day 2014 Registration

Free for UC Davis Postdoctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate students
$20— UC Davis Faculty and Staff
$40— Non-UC Davis individuals

Learn about research and accomplishments at the CNPRC.