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  Welcome to the California National Primate Research Center Website
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

July 2014

New CNPRC website
The CNPRC website is undergoing a transition to a new format later this month.
The address will stay the same: http://www.cnprc.ucdavis.edu


June 26, 2014

Improving models to understand the etiology of autism, and develop early intervention and treatments
Using an exciting, first of its kind method and making great strides in understanding the biology of autism, Sara Freeman, PhD, postdoctoral researcher at the CNPRC, is the first develop a novel protocol using selective oxytocin receptor ligands to locate and map oxytocin receptors in rhesus and titi monkey brains. Dr. Freeman is also using titi monkeys to evaluate an innovative protocol to noninvasively map the oxytocin receptors using PET scanning technology. The information gained from the titi monkey studies has led to a fascinating investigation in which Dr. Freeman is planning to use the same novel techniques to identify receptor locations in brain tissue from normal and autistic humans. These techniques will for the first time inform us where the human brain has these important receptors and may ultimately develop into a diagnostic approach.

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

July 29, 2014, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, UCD 1043 Valley Hall

Special 2014 STAR Student Presentations

Terza Brostoff – "Development of a monoclonal antibody for raccoon polyomavirus large T antigen" – MENTOR: Patty Pesavento

Emily Brown – "Genetic Analysis of Addison's Disease in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever" – MENTOR: Danika Bannasch

Kristyn Dilley – "Expression of sex hormone receptors in canine osteosarcoma" – MENTOR: Clare Yellowley & Michelle Steffey

Katherine Gates – "The effect of antigen removal on lymphocyte responses toward xenogeneic bovine pericardium" – MENTOR: Leigh Griffiths

Hannah Savage – "The Protective Role of B1a and B1b Cells in Influenza Infection" – MENTOR: Nicole Baumgarth

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

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Pilot Research Program Recipients:

Amir Zeki, M.D., Assistant Professor, UC Davis School of Medicine – “The Fate of Inhaled Statins in the Lung and Systemic Circulation”

Satya Dandekar, Ph.D., Professor, UC Davis School of Medicine – “Potential New Model for Childhood Gastroenteritis”

Peter Beernink, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Center for Immunobiology and Vaccine Development, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute – “A Rhesus Macaque Immunogenicity Model to Investigate the Effect of Binding of Complement Factor H on Meningococcal Factor H Binding Protein Vaccines”

Stephen Noctor , Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UC Davis School of Medicine – "Identification of Neural Precursor Cells in the Fetal Macaque Brain"

Learn about research and accomplishments at the CNPRC.