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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Ebola Viron
Primates and Ebola

August 6th, 2014
The recent deadly outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa has highlighted the key role of nonhuman primate biomedical research in developing critically needed treatments and vaccines for emerging infectious diseases.
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Etiology of Autism

April 15, 2014
Scientists review the significance of primate models for advancing knowledge in biomedical research, presenting a discussion of ethical considerations, and demonstrating the vital role that nonhuman primates play in human medicine.
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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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