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COVID-19 In the lab: A conversation with an infectious disease researcher during an active pandemic

SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease referred to as COVID-19, has swept across the world infecting millions of humans and tragically killing a significant proportion of those infected. COVID-19 has grown from an outbreak to an epidemic and finally a worldwide pandemic at a historic rate. To [...]

2021-01-06T19:10:35+00:00January 6th, 2021|

Detecting autistic-like traits in a general population of monkeys

Translational animal models are a necessary step to uncovering the biological basis of human disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which affects 1 in every 54 children in the United States. Kate Talbot, Ph.D. and her colleagues in the Neuroscience and Behavior Unit at the California National Research Primate [...]

2021-01-06T02:03:14+00:00October 15th, 2020|

Nonhuman primate study on early immune response to SARS-CoV-2 points to specific immune cells for vaccine development

A collection of infectious disease researchers at the California National Primate Research Center and the Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases observed early immune response to SARS-CoV-2 in rhesus macaques. Their findings suggest vaccine developers should focus on promoting specialized immune cells called CD4 T follicular helper (Tfh) cells [...]

2021-01-06T02:03:39+00:00July 21st, 2020|Tags: |

CNPRC Scientist Hartigan-O’Connor Awarded Funding to Optimize Vaccines for Most Susceptible Populations

Dennis Hartigan-O'Connor, M.D., Ph.D. As scientists rush to find a vaccine for COVID-19, CNPRC core scientist, Dennis Hartigan-O’Connor, M.D., Ph.D is working to optimize vaccine technologies to protect high-risk populations. The University of California Office of the President has awarded Hartigan-O’Connor, along with other scientists across UC [...]

2021-01-06T02:04:07+00:00July 6th, 2020|

Chicken Soup for the Soul, Fish Oil for the Heart

Collaborative efforts from Peter Havel, DVM, PhD with UC Davis and the California National Primate Research Center and Andrew Butler, PhD at the St. Louis School University of Medicine indicate that targeting a protein known as angiopoietin-like protein-3 or ANGPTL3 could be helpful for managing cardiovascular disease. Their results [...]

2021-01-06T02:05:01+00:00March 6th, 2020|

CNPRC Safety Officer Wins Award for Outstanding Work

Lab safety is not the first thing to come to mind when you read about new scientific findings in the news, but it is an integral part of the scientific process. Lab safety not only informs how data is collected, processed, and analyzed, safety protocols allow us to feel [...]

2021-01-06T02:05:20+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

A monkey model of early Alzheimer’s Disease: Moving past complications with rodent models

Almost undoubtedly, you can think of five influential and loved women in your life. With those women in mind, consider that one in every five women and one in every ten American men at the age of 45 are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). As the rates [...]

2021-01-06T02:05:34+00:00January 3rd, 2020|

Researchers Make Major Strides Towards a Vaccine Against the Zika Virus

Although absent from recent news cycles, Zika virus (ZIKV) continues to be a public health emergency and international concern. A collaborative effort between Koen Van Rompay, core scientist with the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC), Barney Graham (Vaccine Research Institute) and Ted Pierson (National Institute of Allergy and [...]

2021-01-06T02:05:47+00:00December 20th, 2019|

CNPRC Core Scientist, Dr. Hong Ji Announced as 2019-2020 Environmental Health Sciences Scholar

The UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences awarded California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) core scientist, Dr. Hong Ji their 2019-2020 scholar award. Her application to study epigenetics as the link between air pollutant exposures during development and long-term side effects on the lungs will significantly contribute to our knowledge [...]

2019-10-02T17:53:55+00:00September 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

CNPRC Scientists Abroad: Dr. Koen Van Rompay Lectures on Vector Borne Diseases in India

CNPRC core scientist, Dr. Koen Van Rompay was recently invited by the Indian University of Kannur to give a series of lectures. He travelled the state of Kerala hosted by local scientists and educators giving lectures focused on threatening vector borne diseases. Van Rompay took the opportunity to stress [...]

Naturally occurring monkey disorder offers insight for human intestinal disorder

A new understanding of interactions within our microbiome is revealing the elusive cause of ulcerative colitis through the study of a nonhuman primate disorder, idiopathic chronic diarrhea (ICD). ICD affects 3-5% of all captive macaque monkeys and researchers believe wild macaques could be affected at similar rates. ICD is [...]

2020-01-09T17:40:45+00:00June 4th, 2019|Tags: , , |

How Researchers are Protecting Non-Human Primates from Measles Outbreak

It may surprise people to learn that the measles not only affects humans: it also poses a threat to non-human primates. There are many non-human primates currently living in the country for research, rehabilitation, and conservation purposes. With over 4000 monkeys here at the California National Primate Research Center [...]

2019-06-06T17:42:07+00:00May 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Subclinical Cytomegalovirus Infection Is Associated with Altered Host Immunity

Subclinical, persistent viral infections, including those caused by cytomegalovirus (CMV), are highly prevalent in humans. Rocha et al. (e00167-18) found that subclinical CMV infection of rhesus macaques is associated with significantly altered gut microbiota and increased host immune cell numbers and activation. These alterations occur predominantly in an outdoor [...]

2019-06-06T17:43:02+00:00August 1st, 2018|Tags: , |

Scientists Map Monogamy, Jealousy in the Monkey Mind

Uncovering the neurobiology of social bonding in monogamous primate species Media contact: CNPRC Info 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: CNPRC Info (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 [...]

Podcast: Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Visit

In this edition of the California National Primate Research Center's  "Monkey Talk" podcast, we chat with Dr. Jamartin Sihite, the executive director of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) about the incredible work they do to rehabilitate orangutans and prepare them for release into the jungle. The [...]

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

Media Contact: CNPRC Info, 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 [...]

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

Contact: Senior Information Officer CNPRC Info (530) 754-4413 In this edition of “Monkey Talk” we chat with Dr. Jeff Roberts, Associate Director of Primate Services, and JoAnn Yee, manager of the center's Pathogen Detection Laboratory Core, about their recent travel to Borneo and Thailand to share their expertise in [...]

Positive Reinforcement Training Offers Several Benefits for Monkeys, Staff

Media Contact: CNPRC Info, (530) 754-4413 (UC Davis) – Getting a monkey to open its mouth for a dental check is no easy task, but a little bit of papaya goes a long way. Trainers at the California National Primate Center (CNPRC) use dried papaya and other treats [...]

Former CNPRC Director Honored with 2017 Alumni Achievement Award

Media Contact: CNPRC Info (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 [...]