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Scientists Map Monogamy, Jealousy in the Monkey Mind

Uncovering the neurobiology of social bonding in monogamous primate species Media contact: Carlos Villatoro 530 754 4413 (UC Davis) - It’s perhaps one of the most common emotions to feel in a relationship, but one that’s virtually untouched when it comes to studying relationships in monogamous primate species. [...]

CNPRC Scientist Talks Wildfire Smoke, Health

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (UC Davis) - The recent wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Solano and Yuba counties have caused air quality to deteriorate throughout Northern California putting thousands of people at risk of potential health problems from the smoke. In this edition of Capital Public Radio's Insight, host Beth [...]

UC Davis’ Dr. Glenn Yiu: A Vision for the Future

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro, 530-754-4413 (UC Davis) - Dr. Glenn Yiu, MD PhD,  Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UC Davis School of Medicine, is one of five recipients of the 2017-2018 CNPRC Pilot Research Program award.  Doctor Yiu’s laboratory focuses on understanding age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of vision loss in the [...]

Former CNPRC Director Honored with 2017 Alumni Achievement Award

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754 4413 (UC Davis) - Former California National Primate Research Center Director Dr. Dallas Hyde was recently bestowed an Alumni Achievement Award by the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. Dr. Hyde was one of five individuals honored with the award that [...]

From Rio de Janeiro to the CNPRC at UC Davis

Dr. Danielle Beckman comes to the CNPRC by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to develop a monkey model that can be used to one day find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754 4413 (U.C. Davis) - Not everyone would trade the sunny beaches [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:05+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Tags: , |

California National Primate Research Center Successfully Demonstrates Gene Editing in Nonhuman Primates

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754 4413 (U.C. DAVIS) – Imagine a world where maladies such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s Disease, or sickle cell anemia no longer exist. While the U.S. is far from achieving this lofty goal, it recently came a step closer at the California National Primate [...]

Q & A With a Primatologist: Why Studying Rank Changes is Good for Primate Welfare

Speaking of Research recently sat down with Lauren Wooddell, a laboratory assistant at the California National Primate Research Center, to discuss her research paper to be published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JAALAS) titled, “Elo-rating for Tracking Rank Fluctuations after Demographic [...]

2017-10-03T18:22:17+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Tags: , , |

Podcast – Vasalgel Study at CNPRC

Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 In this edition of "Monkey Talk" we talk with Dr. Catherine VandeVoort about her recent Vasalgel study at the California National Primate Research Center. Vasalgel is a polymer-based hydrogel that acts much like a vasectomy, however, it is reversible. To read more about Dr. VandeVoort's study [...]

CNPRC Core Scientist Tapped for Chancellor’s Achievement Award

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754 4413 (UC Davis) - California National Primate Research Center Core Scientist Dr. Koen Van Rompay was recently honored for his work, both in and out of the lab, with a Chancellor's Achievement Award  in Diversity and Community. Dr. Van Rompay was among [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:05+00:00 February 24th, 2017|

Vasectomy Alternative Gets Boost at CNPRC

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754 4413 Successful application of an alternative male contraceptive in rhesus macaque monkeys at the California National Primate Research Center paves the way for human clinical trials (U.C. DAVIS) – For over a century men who did not want to father a child had but [...]

2017-02-07T18:42:37+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Working with Titi Monkeys at CNPRC

Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 (UC DAVIS, Calif.) – The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is home to the nation's only active breeding colony of South American titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus). These monkeys are small, tree-dwelling primates from South America, and live in monogamous family groups that consist of [...]

NIH Releases NHP Workshop Report

(UC DAVIS, Calif.) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report today centering on a recent workshop that explored the use of non-human primates (NHPs) in medical research. The workshop, held Sept. 7, 2016, and entitled “Ensuring the Continued Responsible Oversight of Research with Non-Human Primates” brought together [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:05+00:00 January 19th, 2017|

CNPRC Puts Call Out for 2017 Pilot Project Letters of Intent

Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 (UC DAVIS, Calif.) – The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) Pilot Program invites Letters of Intent for pilot project proposals to support basic and translational research using nonhuman primates (rhesus macaque and titi monkeys) for the 2017-2018 funding period.  Pilot projects that address biomedical/translational research topics across [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:05+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Tags: |

Podcast – Social Rank Uncertainty and Health

Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 In this edition of "Monkey Talk" we talk with Dr. Jessica Vandeleest about her study on how social rank uncertainty affects the health of rhesus macaques at CNPRC. Click here to learn more about Dr. Vandeleest and her colleagues' study here.   [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:05+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Tags: , , |

Of Monkey Dates and Flirting

  Mating season at CNPRC brings a plethora of flirtatious behavior Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 (UC DAVIS, Calif.) – He struts to her with much swagger and then comes the moment of truth – he smacks his lips at her. She responds by doing some smacking [...]

Can being uncertain of your social rank be bad for your health?

New research suggests that low social rank isn’t as bad for your health as uncertain social rank Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 (UC DAVIS, Calif.) – Having strong social connections has many benefits – from the opportunity to split the tab on a pizza to having someone to binge watch [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:06+00:00 October 20th, 2016|

Fox 40 Talks Zika With Dr. Koen Van Rompay

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 Fox 40 cameras visited the California National Primate Research Center on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, to interview Dr. Koen Van Rompay about the center's Zika Virus Project. Dr. Van Rompay spoke with Fox 40's Joe Khalil about the Zika project and showed him [...]

2016-10-11T18:16:36+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Tags: , , |

UC Davis Researchers Temporarily Turn Off Brain Area to Better Understand Function

Minimally-invasive method allows researchers to better understand brain networks in rhesus monkeys (UC DAVIS, Calif.) – Capitalizing on experimental genetic techniques, researchers at UC Davis’ California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) have demonstrated that temporarily turning off an area of the brain changes patterns of activity across much of [...]

HIV Vaccine Developed Through Primate Centers Collaboration

Moving towards human clinical trials Over the past 6 years, Drs. Peter Barry and Alice Tarantal, California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis, have been collaborating with Dr. Louis Picker at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU)–Oregon NPRC to develop and test a vaccine and potential cure for HIV. [...]

Connections Matter: Social Relationships and Lifespan Health in a Monkey Model

Applying a new approach to rhesus macaque groups to realistically model individual, family, and group health across the lifespan in human populations. Humans live in societies full of rich and complex relationships that influence our physical and mental health and well-being. In both human and nonhuman primates, social life, and its interaction [...]