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Director: Ronald E. Bontrop
Mission: The Biomedical Primate Research Center (BPRC) is an independent nonprofit research foundation dedicated to the breeding and use of nonhuman primates as models to study, prevent and/or treat human diseases under the auspices of animal welfare. The institute also has an active programme dedicated to the development of alternatives for animal experimentation. The primary mission of BPRC is to engage in basic and applied, collaborative research in association with academia and noncommercial funding organizations, both on a national and international level.
Principal Research Programs: (1) Department of Comparative Genetics and Refinement: Research into association between genes of the immune system and disease and better characterization of animals aiming at reduction of number of animals needed in experiments (2) Department of Immunobiology: Research into immune processes and the use and development of experimental animal models to evaluate new medicines for chronic diseases (arthritis, multiple sclerosis, transplantation, sepsis) (3) Department of Parasitology: Use of experimental models in the development of vaccines and new drugs against malaria and tuberculosis. (4) Department of Virology: Prevention, early diagnosis, vaccines and therapy of important infectious diseases (AIDS and hepatitis) using preclinical models. (5) Unit for Alternatives: research into alternatives to animal experimentation (6) Department of Animal Sciences: Breeding and handling of non-human primates, providing pathology, ethology and biotechnical support for experiments.
Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional; Field work opportunities available for collaborating with primate centers in developing countries; Program emphasis: Alternatives; Ethology; Immunology; Parasitology; Virology; Financial support may be made available. Note: BPRC is a central partner in a number of consortia, offering possibilities for involvement in multi-national collaborations.
Supported Species: 150 Callithrix jacchus (common marmoset), 1100 Macaca mulatta (rhesus macaque)
Last Updated: 2006-07-17
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