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Vaccine against HCMV, the “birth defect virus”, produces a strong immune response

An exciting new vaccine strategy was recently announced by Director Peter Barry and colleagues at City of Hope that has the potential to prevent a viral infection that causes 5,000 babies yearly to be born with congenital neurological deficits. Human cytomegalovirus, or HCMV, is a common virus, infecting from 50-100% [...]

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 inflammation in monkeys at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting [...]

2017-10-03T18:20:33+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

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 a significant cause of poor health, and is of special [...]

2017-10-03T18:14:47+00:00 November 8th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Early HIV infection and potential therapeutic targets

What is potentially exciting about this research is the demonstration that the early stages of gut inflammation and damage can be intervened by the targeted probiotic bacteria. The mucosal lining of the human gastrointestinal tract is on the frontline of immune defenses, crucial in preventing infection and controlling the spread of [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:09+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Linking CNPRC research with patients

“For myself and the thousands of people your research efforts may someday impact I want to thank you and wish you the best.” J., CMV patient As a busy Director of both the CNPRC and the Center for Comparative Medicine, Dr. Peter Barry makes time in his hectic schedule to [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:09+00:00 October 16th, 2014|

Breast- and Bottle-fed Infant Monkeys Develop Different Immune System

In a study published in Science Translational Medicine on September 3, 2014, researchers from the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis and from UC San Francisco have shown that breast-and bottle-fed infant rhesus macaques develop different immune systems. Although the researchers expected that different diets would promote [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:09+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

Nonhuman Primates and Ebola Virus Treatments and Vaccines

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. Scientists around the world have pursued different strategies for development of a preventative vaccine and an effective treatment for [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 August 6th, 2014|

Improving Models to Understand the Etiology of Autism

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 monkey brains (“The neuroanatomical [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 June 25th, 2014|

Why Primate Models Matter

Scientists discuss the importance of primate models for advancing knowledge in biomedical and biological research. Presenting an honest, forthright discussion of the ethical considerations of using nonhuman primates (NHP) in research, and demonstrating the vital role NHP have played in many of the medical and scientific advances of the past [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 April 15th, 2014|Tags: , |

Dietary Sugar Affects Oocytes

Research links sugar consumption to disrupted ovarian function in healthy animals CNPRC housed rhesus monkeys fed relatively low doses of dietary sugar over 6 months showed significant impairments in oocyte maturation and major changes in early embryo gene expression, according to researchers Charles L. Chaffin, PhD (University of Maryland School [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 April 14th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

State-of-the-Art Respiratory Disease Center

The newly completed CNPRC Respiratory Disease Center (RDC) held an open house on February 27th to celebrate the construction of a state-of-the-art 19,000 square-foot wet laboratory and inhalation exposure facility that will set the standards for research in respiratory health. The CNPRC has been a leader in understanding primate lung [...]

2017-10-03T18:19:44+00:00 February 28th, 2014|Tags: , |

Using Monkey Social Systems to Predict Banking Crises

A fascinating collaboration was recently conducted between disparate interests: the CNPRC, UC Davis’ Department of Statistics and Department of Economics, the International Institute for Human-Animal Networks, and the Department of Population Health & Reproduction at the School of Veterinary Medicine. In a study comparing the behaviors of outdoor-housed rhesus macaque [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 February 11th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Wildfires, Monkeys, And Understanding Overall Health

During June and July 2008, almost 2,000 wildfires ignited in Northern California, leading to high levels of inhalable particulate matter (PM) in the Sacramento Valley that lasted for almost two weeks. PM2.5 (the terminology for inhalable particles smaller than 2.5 microns) at the UC Davis campus were recorded at 50 [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 January 7th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Tissue Engineering Research Funded by CIRM

A UC Davis team, co-led by Alice Tarantal, PhD, and Peter Belafsky, MD, MPH, PhD, has received a $4.4 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for their project entitled “Tissue Engineered Recellularized Laryngotracheal Implants”, which proposes to develop a stem cell-derived airway transplant to cure a difficult, life-threatening [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 December 12th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Vaccine Fends off Virus that Strikes Weak Immune Systems

An experimental vaccine modeling human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection — which can endanger developing fetuses, transplant recipients, patients co-infected with HIV and others who have a weakened immune system — proved safe and effective in research conducted at the CNPRC using the rhesus macaque model. A team of scientists from the [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 November 8th, 2013|Tags: , |

Influenza Vaccine: Dramatic Increase in Protection of Aged Animals

The flu season can be deadly for thousands of elderly people each year. There is a critical public health need to improve the effectiveness of influenza vaccines. Seminal research results were recently released by Drs. Chris Miller, DVM, PhD, CNPRC Core Scientist, and Tim Carroll, PhD, Post-doctoral scholar at the [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 November 5th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Formula-fed Babies May be More Susceptible to Chronic Disease

Formula-fed infants experience metabolic stress that could make them more susceptible than breast-fed infants to a wide range of health issues such as obesity, diabetes, liver problems and cardiovascular disease, according to new research conducted at the CNPRC by biochemists Carolyn Slupsky and Bo Lönnerdal, both of the UC Davis [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

BPA Affects Lung Development

Collaborative efforts add critical information to understanding effects of BPA BPA (bisphenol A), is used in the manufacturing of various plastics and food packaging, consumer products, some paper receipts, and medical devices. It is controversial because it exerts weak, but detectable, hormone-like properties which can mimic estrogen and may lead [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Tags: , , |

Maternal Antibodies Linked to Autism

In a major advance in understanding risk factors, and possible means of prevention of autism, Melissa Bauman, PhD, and David Amaral, PhD, performed studies at the CNPRC with rhesus monkeys to further define the role that maternal antibodies have to play in the risk of a child having autism. The research was [...]

2014-06-06T16:16:42+00:00 July 9th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Effects of Long-term Oxytocin Use in Children

Dr. Karen Bales, CNPRC Brain, Mind, and Behavior (BMB) Unit Leader, has done extensive research on the hormone oxytocin and its short and long-term effects on behavior in two monogamous species – prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus). She is particularly interested in the role of neuropeptides [...]

2014-07-15T15:49:53+00:00 January 18th, 2013|Tags: , , |