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

October 20th, 2016|

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 [...]

CNPRC Director Elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 17th, 2016|

Media contact(s) Andy Fell, UC Davis News and Media Relations, 530-752-4533, Carlos Villatoro, California National Primate Research Center, 530-754 4413, By: Andy Fell John Morrison, professor of neurology at the University of California, Davis, and director of the California National Primate Research Center, has been elected to the [...]

Podcast – Dr. John Morrison Talks About the NIH NHP Workshop

October 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Media Contact: Carlos Villatoro (530) 754-4413 In the premiere of CNPRC's "Monkey Talk" podcast, CNPRC Director Dr. John Morrison talks about the recent workshop conducted by the National Institutes of Health on nonhuman primate research. The workshop took place on Sept. 7, 2016 and brought together experts in science, policy, ethics, and animal welfare. [...]

Fox 40 Talks Zika With Dr. Koen Van Rompay

September 27th, 2016|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates (NHPs) in Scientific and Medical Research

August 24th, 2016|Tags: , |

Nine Science Advocacy Groups Release White Paper on the Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates (NHPs) in Scientific and Medical Research The paper highlights the essential role NHPs play in finding treatments for serious and life-altering conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Zika virus, HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s disease WASHINGTON [...]

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

July 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

New Horizons in Respiratory Research

June 27th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Expanded Capabilities for Basic Research and Therapeutic Trials The CNPRC welcomes Dr. Chris Royer, DVM, PhD to lead the state-of-art Inhalation Exposure Core located within the CNPRC Respiratory Disease Center at UC Davis. Dr. Royer received his DVM and PhD degrees from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining the CNPRC, Dr. [...]

CNPRC Announces 2016 Pilot Research Awards

June 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

Accelerating Translation of Cutting-Edge Science to the Clinic The CNPRC Pilot Research Program is a competitive funding mechanism that provides resources for investigators to conduct highly innovative scientific projects that address translational research questions, with the goal of obtaining sufficient preliminary data to support extramural grant proposals.  The CNPRC Pilot Research Program facilitates training of investigators new to nonhuman primate [...]

HIV Vaccine Developed Through Primate Centers Collaboration

June 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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

May 24th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Monkey Model for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Identified at UC Davis Primate Center

April 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Monkeys and humans are similarly affected by deadly heart disease A collaboration between a team of pathologists from the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) and a cardiologist from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has resulted in the identification of an HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) disease model naturally occurring [...]

Understanding Zika Virus with Nonhuman Primates

February 16th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Developing a strategy to prevent and treat Zika virus Research is beginning next week at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis to understand Zika virus. Leading the efforts are Drs. Koen Van Rompay, Eliza Bliss-Moreau, Paul Luciw and John H. Morrison at the CNPRC, and Dr. [...]

Immune responses to loneliness similar in monkeys and people

November 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Can loneliness make you sick? Loneliness is more than just a socio-emotional condition; it can be a significant cause of poor health, and is of special concern in the elderly. Also known as perceived social isolation, loneliness reflects a discrepancy between desired and actual social relationships, and has been known [...]

Prozac, oxytocin and autism

November 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Prozac (fluoxetine), a commonly prescribed drug for anxiety and depression, is used during pregnancy by some women. But several studies are showing that prenatal exposure to the drug may increase the risk of having a child with autism. Prozac, Zoloft (sertraline) and Paxil (paroxetine) are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) [...]

Mother-to-infant transmission of high-risk infection: new monkey model

October 22nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dr. Peter Barry’s innovative research program using the rhesus monkey as a model of CMV infection leads to a successful study in placental transmission Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is highly prevalent in humans, infecting from 50-100% of adults around the world. The virus is often contracted through contact with saliva or [...]

Director Morrison: A Leader in Outreach

October 14th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

“There is no question that this is an exciting time for neuroscience. These major projects around the globe give us great opportunities to let the public know about why our work is important.” John Morrison, PhD, is the director of the California National Primate Research Center at the University of [...]

The Challenge of Controlling HIV

September 28th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A new understanding of how some infants may resist HIV disease When a person is infected with a virus their immune system is normally activated to respond to and control the infection. However, when a person is persistently infected with HIV, the chronic activation and overstimulation of the immune system [...]

Gene therapy treatment shows benefits to Alzheimer’s patients

September 1st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

Gene therapy treatment developed at the CNPRC shows benefits to brain cells for Alzheimer’s patients Reporting on the first-of-its-kind human clinical trials designed to test the potential benefits of nerve growth factor gene therapy for Alzheimer’s patients, Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD, CNPRC affiliate scientist, has found that an experimental gene [...]

Aging and Synaptic Health

August 19th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CNPRC Incoming Director John Morrison is expanding our understanding of how estrogen affects cognitive functioning and synaptic health The good, the bad and the ugly. Estrogen; such a familiar hormone, and such a large influence on everyone’s health, female or male, young or old. With an abundance of estrogen during women’s reproductive [...]

Women, Lung Health, and Climate Change

May 28th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , |

CNPRC research is working to understand the complex issues that affect the lung health of human populations worldwide. There is growing evidence that a number of pulmonary diseases affect women differently, and with a greater degree of severity, than men. There is an urgent need to better understand the potential [...]