Zika Project Overview
The UC Zika Virus Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists UC Davis and UC San Francisco that is guided by the goal of developing effective interventions and prevention strategies for Zika virus infections in humans. The collaboration emerged from the recognition of Zika as a global health crisis and the unique resources available at the California National Primate Research Center. To support rapid dissemination of data to the scientific community, the UC Zika Virus Project team will provide ongoing updates on study progress.
Beginning March 16, 2016, we are conducting a small research project with rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) that we hope will ultimately allow us to develop safe and effective vaccines and treatments.
Our scientific findings will be published in as close to real time as possible.
An Important Note
Our choice is unusual – both because of the process by which science typically unfolds and because experience informs us that sharing data on animal research, and especially nonhuman primate research, leaves us vulnerable to misperceptions and criticisms from those that oppose it. We take the welfare of humans and nonhuman animals very seriously. It is for this reason and because so little is known about the disease progression and biology of Zika virus, that we have undertaken this work.
We thank the team at Wisconsin National Primate Research Center for leading the way in this transparency.