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MERIT Program Announced at CNPRC

2017-08-30T23:07:06+00:00 May 13th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Igniting Novel Research with Current and New Animal Models Drug discovery and innovative therapeutic approaches in the era of personalized medicine requires the use of animal models that closely recapitulate human disease. To address these challenges, the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis is initiating the MERIT [...]

Understanding Pre-term Labor for Diagnostics and Therapeutics

2017-08-30T23:07:06+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

Research conducted at the CNPRC on chorioamnionitis-induced preterm labor in women has been recommended by Faculty of 1000, in recognition of the research’s high impact in its field. Faculty of 1000 is a collaboration of over 5,000 world-wide faculty experts who identify important articles in biology and medical research publications. [...]

CNPRC Study Leads to Meningococcal Vaccine Improvements

2017-08-30T23:07:06+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

On February 12, 2015, CNPRC Affiliate Scientists Drs. Koen Van Rompay, Peter Beernink, and Dan Granoff announced important findings from a pilot project study conducted at the CNPRC on improving the effectiveness of the meningococcal vaccine for prevention of sepsis and meningitis caused by meningococci group B, a rare, and sometimes [...]

CNPRC Respiratory Research Supports Lower Ozone Levels

2017-10-03T18:21:52+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

On February 2, 2015, at the invitation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking comments on the optimal level of ozone for public health, Kent Pinkerton, PhD, Core Scientist in the CNPRC Respiratory Diseases Unit and for the Inhalation Exposure Core, presented the scientific basis for requesting that national ozone [...]

Evaluating Measles Vaccine Safety

2017-08-30T23:07:09+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

High rates of non-vaccinated children throughout the US have reached critical numbers of vulnerable individuals, resulting in perfect conditions for a wildfire storm of measles infections, an easily preventable yet highly contagious disease. More than 120 confirmed cases of measles have been reported in 17 states and the District of [...]

Binge drinking: implications for human health

2017-08-30T23:07:09+00:00 January 13th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Think before you drink.
 "Dry January" can be a struggle for some after the holidays, but new research has revealed that you may be benefiting your own and future offspring’s health. A new study by CNPRC Core Scientist Catherine VandeVoort, PhD, (Fetility and Sterility) identified some of the potential effects of long-term [...]

Predicting embryo success with in vitro fertilization

2017-08-30T23:07:09+00:00 December 6th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, just 7.5 percent of all artificially fertilized embryos will go on to become live-born children. With such a low success rate, failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a frustrating situation for couples and their doctors. Stuart Meyers, D.V.M., Ph.D., CNPRC Affiliate Scientist [...]

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

2017-08-30T23:07:09+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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

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 [...]

Loneliness and Health

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

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 [...]

Early HIV infection and potential therapeutic targets

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

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 [...]

Linking CNPRC research with patients

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

“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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Nonhuman Primates and Ebola Virus Treatments and Vaccines

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

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 [...]

Improving Models to Understand the Etiology of Autism

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

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 [...]

Why Primate Models Matter

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

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 [...]

Dietary Sugar Affects Oocytes

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

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 [...]

State-of-the-Art Respiratory Disease Center

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

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 [...]

Using Monkey Social Systems to Predict Banking Crises

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

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 [...]

Wildfires, Monkeys, And Understanding Overall Health

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

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 [...]