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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Mother’s immunity linked to brain inflammation

Monkeys exposed in utero to their mother’s immune response to a mock infection show inflammation in their brains four years later, similar to which can be associated with schizophrenia and autism. Melissa Bauman presented new findings in her research in brain […]

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Loneliness and Health

Monkeys, too, can be lonely, even when surrounded by others in a social group.

What is loneliness? Is it wishing to be social but not having friends in your social group? More than just a socio-emotional condition, it can be […]

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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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