Unit Core Scientists contribute to the CNPRC mission through NIH-supported research programs and peer-reviewed publications; services to the greater research community in Cores, NIH-supported Centers, and outreach programs; and by enhancing the nonhuman primate resource through model development, innovative in vivo imaging paradigms, and assisting with the management of the nonhuman primate colonies. Core Scientists mentor the next generation of investigators in the use of nonhuman primate models for human health and disease, and serve as collaborative hubs and in the formation of multidisciplinary partnerships and teams. Core Scientists have leadership positions in the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, School of Medicine Stem Cell Program, Center for Health and the Environment, and Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging. Unit scientists bring their unique expertise and strong track records to collaborative multidisciplinary partnerships that converge on studies focused on early disease onset (e.g., viral teratogens, environmental agents, role of the immune system); regenerative medicine (e.g., stem cell transplantation, tissue engineering), gene therapy, and genome editing; lifespan health–from the earliest developmental stages to aging populations; in vivo imaging technologies for precision medicine; and preclinical and investigational new drug (IND)-enabling studies for clinical translation. The depth and breadth of expertise, accomplishments, and services of the Unit scientists contribute substantially to the CNPRC mission, significantly enhance the resource, and ensure that investigators nationwide have the guidance and collaborative opportunities necessary to conduct innovative state-of-the-art investigations with nonhuman primates at the highest quality level for solving significant human health problems.
Focus on Lifespan Health. Monkeys and humans share many reproductive and developmental features that emphasize their importance as translational models. The unique expertise in the Unit provides a means to address research questions associated with all developmental stages (embryo, fetus, newborn, infant), juveniles; young adults; pre-menopausal/transitional reproductive stages; and advanced geriatrics.