The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is a federally funded biomedical research facility dedicated to improving human and animal health.
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 (NIH).
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.
Established in 1962, the CNPRC is affiliated with the University of California, Davis, and is located on 300 acres. The center’s staff of nearly 350 individuals is comprised of scientists; veterinarians; animal care technicians; specialists in pathology and animal husbandry; undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students and other trainees; and laboratory and administrative personnel.
Members of the scientific staff – representing a variety of disciplines including cell and developmental biology, genetics, psychology, physiology, reproductive biology, virology, and immunology – typically hold joint appointments in academic departments in Schools (e.g., Medicine and Veterinary Medicine) and Colleges (e.g., Engineering, Letters and Science) on the UC Davis campus. Collaborative investigators also work with Core Scientists and conduct specific research projects in their area of interest and benefit from the extensive expertise of the scientific staff.
The CNPRC houses and cares for more than 5,000 monkeys. The majority of these monkeys are rhesus macaques, with a small population of South American titi monkeys.