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Using Monkey Social Systems to Predict Banking Crises

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00February 11th, 2014|Tags: , , |

A fascinating collaboration was recently conducted between disparate interests: the CNPRC, UC Davis’ Department of Statistics and Department of Economics, the International Institute for Human-Animal Networks, and the Department of Population Health & Reproduction at the School of Veterinary Medicine. In a study comparing the behaviors of outdoor-housed rhesus macaque [...]

Wildfires, Monkeys, And Understanding Overall Health

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00January 7th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

During June and July 2008, almost 2,000 wildfires ignited in Northern California, leading to high levels of inhalable particulate matter (PM) in the Sacramento Valley that lasted for almost two weeks. PM2.5 (the terminology for inhalable particles smaller than 2.5 microns) at the UC Davis campus were recorded at 50 [...]

Tissue Engineering Research Funded by CIRM

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00December 12th, 2013|Tags: , , |

A UC Davis team, co-led by Alice Tarantal, PhD, and Peter Belafsky, MD, MPH, PhD, has received a $4.4 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for their project entitled “Tissue Engineered Recellularized Laryngotracheal Implants”, which proposes to develop a stem cell-derived airway transplant to cure a difficult, life-threatening [...]

Vaccine Fends off Virus that Strikes Weak Immune Systems

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00November 8th, 2013|Tags: , |

An experimental vaccine modeling human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection — which can endanger developing fetuses, transplant recipients, patients co-infected with HIV and others who have a weakened immune system — proved safe and effective in research conducted at the CNPRC using the rhesus macaque model. A team of scientists from the [...]

Influenza Vaccine: Dramatic Increase in Protection of Aged Animals

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00November 5th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

The flu season can be deadly for thousands of elderly people each year. There is a critical public health need to improve the effectiveness of influenza vaccines. Seminal research results were recently released by Drs. Chris Miller, DVM, PhD, CNPRC Core Scientist, and Tim Carroll, PhD, Post-doctoral scholar at the [...]

Formula-fed Babies May be More Susceptible to Chronic Disease

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00August 8th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Formula-fed infants experience metabolic stress that could make them more susceptible than breast-fed infants to a wide range of health issues such as obesity, diabetes, liver problems and cardiovascular disease, according to new research conducted at the CNPRC by biochemists Carolyn Slupsky and Bo Lönnerdal, both of the UC Davis [...]

BPA Affects Lung Development

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00August 1st, 2013|Tags: , , |

Collaborative efforts add critical information to understanding effects of BPA BPA (bisphenol A), is used in the manufacturing of various plastics and food packaging, consumer products, some paper receipts, and medical devices. It is controversial because it exerts weak, but detectable, hormone-like properties which can mimic estrogen and may lead [...]

Maternal Antibodies Linked to Autism

2014-06-06T16:16:42+00:00July 9th, 2013|Tags: , , |

In a major advance in understanding risk factors, and possible means of prevention of autism, Melissa Bauman, PhD, and David Amaral, PhD, performed studies at the CNPRC with rhesus monkeys to further define the role that maternal antibodies have to play in the risk of a child having autism. The research was [...]

Effects of Long-term Oxytocin Use in Children

2014-07-15T15:49:53+00:00January 18th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Dr. Karen Bales, CNPRC Brain, Mind, and Behavior (BMB) Unit Leader, has done extensive research on the hormone oxytocin and its short and long-term effects on behavior in two monogamous species – prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus). She is particularly interested in the role of neuropeptides [...]

BPA Shows Two-generation Effect

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00September 24th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Exposure of pregnant monkeys to the widely-used chemical bisphenol A (BPA) disrupts development of fetal ovaries, potentially causing birth defects and reproductive problems that would not emerge for a generation, according to research by Dr. Patricia Hunt and colleagues at Washington State University and Dr. Catherine VandeVoort at the CNPRC. [...]

Tenofovir: Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention

2017-10-03T18:15:38+00:00July 14th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Tenofovir (Viread), an antiretroviral HIV drug first shown by the CNPRC to be safe and effective in treating monkeys that were infected with SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus), has once again been used as the key ingredient in a pair of successful HIV preventative studies. The two new studies, by the [...]

BPA and Female Development

2017-10-03T18:13:02+00:00May 28th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Adding important new findings to extensive scientific evidence that Bisphenol A (BPA) is a harmful substance, Dr. Catherine VandeVoort, staff scientist in Reproductive Sciences and Regenerative Medicine at the CNPRC, has been part of a team effort investigating the effects of BPA on the fetal development in nonhuman primates and [...]

Better Understanding of HIV and Immune System Battle

2017-08-30T23:07:10+00:00March 2nd, 2012|Tags: , , , |

The GI tract is considered a major 'battlefield' between the immune system and HIV. The intestinal mucosa is the site of early infection and aggressive transmission for HIV, making it the first line of defense against the infection. A better understanding of what happens in the GI tract may lead [...]