The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is improving health and advancing science with interdisciplinary programs in biomedical research on significant human medical conditions throughout the lifespan. Research at the CNPRC is leading to new diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical procedures that enhance quality of life for both humans and animals. The CNPRC is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, Davis and part of the National Primate Research Centers Program at the National Institutes of Health.

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Early HIV Infection & Therapeutics
October 30, 2014

Dr. Sayta Dandekar is using the rhesus monkey model of HIV to investigate the early state dysfunction in the gut mucosal response. This knowledge will be crucial in identifying therapeutic targets for mucosal protection against the virus and co-infections.

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Linking Research with Patients
October 16, 2014

“For myself and the thousands of people your research efforts may someday impact I want to thank you and wish you the best.” a CMV patient thanks Director Peter Barry for his research on cytomegalovirus.

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Pathogen Detection Laboratory

Over 25 Years of Service to the Scientific Community

In 1982, the late Nicholas Lerche DVM used his expertise in epidemiology to investigate an unusual outbreak of immune deficiency that was occurring in a population of rhesus monkeys housed in outdoor corrals. The CNPRC and Dr. Lerche were at the forefront of discovering the role of retroviruses as the causative agent for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

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