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Unit of Primate Research (Established 1984)
Primate Center, Lab or Research Program
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Director: Qing-Wei Wang
Phone: 86 (21) 64370080   Fax: 86 (21) 64332445  
No. 320 Yue Yang Rd, Shanghai 200031 CHINA
Department: Shanghai Institute of Physiology
Affiliations: Chinese Academy of Sciences

Mission: To study neurobiology of primates (including behavioral, visual and auditory studies) and the conservation and breeding of different species of primates in China.

Principal Research Programs: Primate vocal communication; The role of frontal cortex in learning and memory

Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Continuing Education; Field work opportunities available; Program emphasis: Neurobiology; Toxicology; Cardio-vascular physiology; Respiratory physiology; Hypoxia physiology; Social behavior; Financial support occasionally available; Note: The Shanghai Institute of Physiology highly appreciates the international cooperative research in the above mentioned scientific fields, as well as research contracts, such as testing drug efficiency, toxicology of chemical agents, etc.; The projects are supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China; Monkey base of the Shanghai Institute of Physiology in the Lake with Thousand Islets (breeding and research base).

Number of Staff: 5-6

Associated Field Sites: To ensure an adequate animal supply, the Institute has established a monkey base in the Lake with Thousand Islets situated in the Chun-An County of Zhejiang Province, about 400 km from Shanghai. Seven islets were chosen on which to breed monkeys, and were named the Monkey Islets. Ninety rhesus monkeys ("Macaca mulatta") were transferred there in the autumn of 1985. Several generations of offspring have increased the number of the family to around 300. Supplementary colonies also transferred there include some stumptailed macaques ("M. arctoides"). A 12-year observation revealed that monkeys can live and grow on these islets exceptionally well. They tolerate the cold winter, and look healthy, strong, and vital. The monkey base is prepared to supply various species of monkeys, both within China and abroad.

Supported Species: 30 Macaca arctoides (stump-tailed macaque), 10 Macaca assamensis (Assamese macaque), 10 Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), 400 Macaca mulatta (rhesus macaque), 10 Macaca nemestrina (pigtail macaque), 30 Macaca thibetana (Milne-Edward's macaque)

Last Updated: 1998-03-30

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