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Director: Jay R. Kaplan, PhD
Mission: Three major missions are: (1) To utilize the comparative approach in research to understand better the health problems of human beings. Our group has pioneered the use of monkeys as patient surrogates in biomedical studies. (2) To maintain high-quality programs of predoctoral education and postdoctoral training in comparative medicine, comparative behavior, comparative pathology, and laboratory animal medicine. (3) To provide husbandry and veterinary medical care for the animals used in the institution's teaching and research programs.
Principal Research Programs: 1) atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease; 2) cancer biology; 3) obesity and diabetes; 4) reproductive medicine and behavior; 5) neurobiology and substance abuse; and 6) genetic contributions to behavior and disease.
Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: DVM students and post-DVMs (supported by a T32 grant from the NCRR) and selected PhDs. Field work opportunities available. Program Emphasis: Atherosclerosis, cancer, metabolic disorders, reproduction, substance abuse, and genetics. Financial support available. Note: Degree programs available for post-DVMs: MS in Comparative Medicine, PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology.
Number of Staff: 110
Associated Field Sites: Tinjil Island Natural Habitat Breeding Facility, Indonesia; Dermaga Campus, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia
Supported Species: Chlorocebus sabaeus (green monkey), Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque)
Last Updated: 2007-06-12
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