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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 [...]

2020-07-23T18:22:20+00:00July 21st, 2020|

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 [...]

2020-07-06T21:11:52+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 [...]

2020-07-21T21:56:25+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 [...]

2020-01-23T17:05:45+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 [...]

2020-01-03T20:58:21+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 [...]

2020-01-08T21:32:27+00:00December 20th, 2019|

Special Preview of Upcoming Neuro Space Art Exhibit

Amongst the thousands of posters, talks, and endless networking, attendees at the 2019 Society for Neuroscience meeting enjoyed a sneak peek of a new interactive art exhibit. Neuro Space is the real-life expression of director John Morrison's imagination. Following the release of one of his previous collaborative projects, BrainFacts.org, Morrison [...]

2019-11-01T18:59:35+00:00October 31st, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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|

Monkey Model for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Identified at UC Davis Primate Center

Monkeys and humans are similarly affected by deadly heart disease A collaboration between a team of pathologists from the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) and a cardiologist from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has resulted in the identification of an HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) disease model naturally occurring [...]

Understanding Zika Virus with Nonhuman Primates

Developing a strategy to prevent and treat Zika virus Research is beginning next week at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis to understand Zika virus. Leading the efforts are Drs. Koen Van Rompay, Eliza Bliss-Moreau, Paul Luciw and John H. Morrison at the CNPRC, and Dr. [...]

Immune responses to loneliness similar in monkeys and people

Can loneliness make you sick? Loneliness is more than just a socio-emotional condition; it can be a significant cause of poor health, and is of special concern in the elderly. Also known as perceived social isolation, loneliness reflects a discrepancy between desired and actual social relationships, and has been [...]

Prozac, oxytocin and autism

Prozac (fluoxetine), a commonly prescribed drug for anxiety and depression, is used during pregnancy by some women. But several studies are showing that prenatal exposure to the drug may increase the risk of having a child with autism. Prozac, Zoloft (sertraline) and Paxil (paroxetine) are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) [...]

Mother-to-infant transmission of high-risk infection: new monkey model

Dr. Peter Barry’s innovative research program using the rhesus monkey as a model of CMV infection leads to a successful study in placental transmission Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is highly prevalent in humans, infecting from 50-100% of adults around the world. The virus is often contracted through contact with saliva or [...]

Director Morrison: A Leader in Outreach

“There is no question that this is an exciting time for neuroscience. These major projects around the globe give us great opportunities to let the public know about why our work is important.” John Morrison, PhD, is the director of the California National Primate Research Center at the University of [...]

The Challenge of Controlling HIV

A new understanding of how some infants may resist HIV disease When a person is infected with a virus their immune system is normally activated to respond to and control the infection. However, when a person is persistently infected with HIV, the chronic activation and overstimulation of the immune system [...]

Gene therapy treatment shows benefits to Alzheimer’s patients

Gene therapy treatment developed at the CNPRC shows benefits to brain cells for Alzheimer’s patients Reporting on the first-of-its-kind human clinical trials designed to test the potential benefits of nerve growth factor gene therapy for Alzheimer’s patients, Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD, CNPRC affiliate scientist, has found that an experimental gene [...]

Aging and Synaptic Health

CNPRC Incoming Director John Morrison is expanding our understanding of how estrogen affects cognitive functioning and synaptic health The good, the bad and the ugly. Estrogen; such a familiar hormone, and such a large influence on everyone’s health, female or male, young or old. With an abundance of estrogen during women’s reproductive [...]