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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|

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 [...]

It Takes a Village to Tackle Zika

By Paul Luciw and Koen Van Rompay Emerging infectious pathogens present opportunities for nonhuman primate model building, transmission and pathogenesis research, and development of interventions by drawing on the expertise of several investigators at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) and collaborating affiliate scientists.  Importantly, the previous multi-disciplinary [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

From Rio de Janeiro to the CNPRC at UC Davis

Dr. Danielle Beckman comes to the CNPRC by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to develop a monkey model that can be used to one day find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease Media Contact: CNPRC Info (530) 754 4413 (U.C. Davis) - Not everyone would trade the sunny beaches [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:05+00:00May 3rd, 2017|Tags: , |

California National Primate Research Center Successfully Demonstrates Gene Editing in Nonhuman Primates

Media Contact: CNPRC Info (530) 754 4413 (U.C. DAVIS) – Imagine a world where maladies such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s Disease, or sickle cell anemia no longer exist. While the U.S. is far from achieving this lofty goal, it recently came a step closer at the California National Primate [...]

Q & A With a Primatologist: Why Studying Rank Changes is Good for Primate Welfare

Speaking of Research recently sat down with Lauren Wooddell, a laboratory assistant at the California National Primate Research Center, to discuss her research paper to be published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JAALAS) titled, “Elo-rating for Tracking Rank Fluctuations after Demographic [...]

Podcast – Vasalgel Study at CNPRC

Contact: CNPRC Info (530) 754-4413 In this edition of "Monkey Talk" we talk with Dr. Catherine VandeVoort about her recent Vasalgel study at the California National Primate Research Center. Vasalgel is a polymer-based hydrogel that acts much like a vasectomy, however, it is reversible. To read more about Dr. VandeVoort's study [...]

CNPRC Core Scientist Tapped for Chancellor’s Achievement Award

Media Contact: CNPRC Info (530) 754 4413 (UC Davis) - California National Primate Research Center Core Scientist Dr. Koen Van Rompay was recently honored for his work, both in and out of the lab, with a Chancellor's Achievement Award  in Diversity and Community. Dr. Van Rompay was among [...]

2017-08-30T23:07:05+00:00February 24th, 2017|

Vasectomy Alternative Gets Boost at CNPRC

Media Contact: CNPRC Info (530) 754 4413 Successful application of an alternative male contraceptive in rhesus macaque monkeys at the California National Primate Research Center paves the way for human clinical trials (U.C. DAVIS) – For over a century men who did not want to father a child had but [...]

2017-02-07T18:42:37+00:00February 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , |