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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: |

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|

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|

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: , , , |

Nonhuman Primates and Ebola Virus Treatments and Vaccines

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 [...]

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