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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

Why Primate Models Matter
Presenting an honest, forthright discussion of the ethical considerations of using nonhuman primates (NHP) in research, and demonstrating the vital role NHP have played in many of the medical and scientific advances of the past century, 14 scientists, including CNPRC researchers Drs. Karen Bales, John Capitanio, and Lisa Miller, collaborated to publish a comprehensive article in the Journal of Primatology entitled “Why Primate Models Matter” on April 15, 2014 (Early View).

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.

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 29, 2014

Karen Ottemann, PhD, Professor and Chair, Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Santa Cruz – “Connections between bacterial chemotaxis and pathogenesis in the ulcer-causing pathogen Helicobacter pylori



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.