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The CNPRC is a national resource to furthering scientific discovery, using biomedical research to find exciting new breakthroughs in health and science, solving problems, and helping to improve the quality of people and animals’ lives. On this page you will find information to assist you in understanding the value of CNPRC scientific achievements and activities, and the progress and translational benefits in CNPRC biomedical research.

Featured Press Releases

  • Dr Glen Yiu

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

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on 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. [...]

Podcast – Borneo, Thailand Travels Provide Opportunity to Share NHP Expertise

July 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Podcast – Borneo, Thailand Travels Provide Opportunity to Share NHP Expertise

Contact: Senior Information Officer Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 In this edition of “Monkey Talk” we chat with Dr. Jeff Roberts, Associate Director of Primate Services, and JoAnn Yee, manager [...]

Positive Reinforcement Training Offers Several Benefits for Monkeys, Staff

July 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Positive Reinforcement Training Offers Several Benefits for Monkeys, Staff

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro, (530) 754-4413 (UC Davis) – Getting a monkey to open its mouth for a dental check is no easy task, but a little bit [...]

News Archives and Past press releases

Pathogen Detection Laboratory Celebrates 30th Anniversary of SRV and SIV Discoveries

Thirty years ago, the CNPRC was on the forefront of retrovirus work with the discovery of Simian Retrovirus (SRV). At the same time, the Pathogen Detection Laboratory isolated another retrovirus, Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) which became the disease model for studying HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) in humans, and has led to numerous discoveries and treatments for HIV / AIDS. Read more.

Other NPRC News

Washington National Primate Research CenterThree UW Investigators Awarded Translational “Ignition Awards”, April 26, 2016

Tulane National Primate Research Center – Increasing evidence points to inflammation as source of nervous system manifestations of Lyme disease, April 16, 2015

Wisconsin National Primate Research Center – Hormone known for mother’s milk also fosters bond between parents, March 30, 2015

Oregon National Primate Research Center – Monkeys that eat omega-3 rich diet show more developed brain networks, February 5, 2015

Yerkes National Primate Research Center – Why some HIV vaccines backfire. January 6, 2015

Southwest National Primate Research CenterMarmoset study has implications for pregnancy and reproductive medicine, July 20, 2014


Watch This

Drs. Koen Van Rompay and John Morrison talk with Fox40 reporter Lonnie Wong about their Zika virus project at CNPRC. Feb. 16, 2016

Dr. Peter Barry, CNPRC Infectious Diseases Unit, is finding solutions to critical health problems, focusing on CMV, the “birth defect virus”. May 17, 2015


Zika Virus Project: BBC Radio 5 Live Interview with Dr. Koen Van Rompay 


The Health Effects of Loneliness. Dr. John Capitanio has recently published an article on the physiological effects of loneliness, showing that it has a measurable impact on the immune system. Here, he discussed how the study was conducted with humans and monkeys, and the significance of the research in understanding and improving human health.

The Science of Monogamy. Karen Bales, Core Scientist at the CNPRC, spoke to Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio about monogamy and pair bonding in humans and animals. She also discussed her ongoing research with titi monkeys into the longterm effects of oxytocin.

In Other CNPRC News

Fish oil may prevent negative impacts of high-fructose diet

January 2014

“Metabolic syndrome” describes a constellation of factors (such as large waistline and elevated blood lipids) that increase a person’s risk for heart disease and other serious health problems. One factor thought by some to be involved in the recent rise in metabolic syndrome is overconsumption of foods and beverages sweetened with sucrose (table sugar) or high-fructose corn syrup. To shed light on which dietary factors might be important in metabolic syndrome risk, a research team led by Drs. Peter Havel (UC Davis) and Andrew Bremer (Vanderbilt University) and performed at the CNPRC studied what happens when rhesus monkeys fed a fructose-rich diet are also given fish oil supplements.

Tracking Diet Transitions During Infancy From Teeth

Excerpt from: Harvard University Press Release, May 2013 

Like the rings found in tree trunks, teeth form following a regular pattern that creates permanent daily lines in enamel and dentine, which can be viewed and counted under a microscope.

Barium levels in the deciduous (baby) teeth of human children increase with the introduction of breast milk and/or formula following birth. Barium transfer is restricted by the placenta, but rises after birth from the consumption of breast milk and rises further with the introduction of formula, which has higher barium levels than breast milk.

Examination of molars in four captive macaques at the CNPRC by Dr. Katie Hinde also revealed that barium is enriched in the enamel and dentine formed after birth, which peaked during periods of exclusive suckling, and declined during periods of supplementation. The power of this approach is further confirmed by direct comparisons of barium levels in macaque teeth and their mother’s milk, which show similar changes through time.

This is the first demonstration that major dietary shifts in early life are accurately recorded as elemental signals that remain apparent in primate fossil teeth.

By applying these new techniques to primate teeth in museum collections, we can more precisely assess maternal investment across individuals within species, as well as life history evolution among species.

Fact Sheet

Recent Research Facts and Highlights

Media Contact

Andy Fell, UC Davis News Service
(530) 752-4533

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Carlos Villatoro, Senior Public Information Officer
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Other Information Sources

California Biomedical Research Association

Foundation for Biomedical Research