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National Primate Research Center of Thailand (NPRCT) (Established 2012)
Primate Center, Lab or Research Program
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Director: Prof. Dr. Suchinda Malaivijitnond
Phone: +66-2-2185275   Fax: +66-2-2185275   E-Mail:
Km7 Kaengkhoi-Banna Rd., Kaengkhoi, Saraburi 18110 THAILAND
Institution: Chulalongkorn University (CU)
Affiliations: The director of NPRCT is an academic staff of Chulalongkorn University

Mission: The NPRCT-CU is an academic non-human primate (NHP) breeding and research center that aims to fulfill the preclinical research pipeline in Thailand. The NPRCT-CU is the first NHP research center in Thailand owned by Thai entity to serve the demands of government, academia and private sectors, domestically and internationally.
Our missions are:
1. To produce outputs from academic work and research in relation to NHPs at the international level
2. To produce qualified NHPs to become self-sufficient in serving biomedical research in Thailand and to meet the demand of international clients.
3. To establish a reference and information center regarding NHPs in Asia.
4. To develop systems and mechanisms of management for the center to meet international standards.

Principal Research Programs: There are two major types of research and testing under the center.
1) Biomedical research using cynomolgus macaques (Macaca fascicularis) as animal models in ABSL1 or 2 facility in the center, including
- Pharmacokinetics of insulin, parathyroid hormone, erythropoietin, growth hormone and Thai herbal extract.
- Microbiome
- Safety and efficacy test of Dengue and Zika vaccine
- Safety test of COVID-19 vaccine
- Spinal subpial AAV delivery
- Behaviors

2) Field study which has been conducted in free-ranging monkeys outside the NPRCT-CU.
There are three categories of the focus.
2.1. Infectious diseases in cynomolgus and rhesus macaques (M. mulatta), including
- Microbiome
- Tuberculosis
- Malaria
- Viruses such as B-virus, SIV, SRV, STLV, and flavivirus
- Enteric parasites and bacteria
2.2. Genetic diversity of rhesus macaques and the two subspecies of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis fascicularis and M. f. aurea), including
- Whole genome sequencing
- Population genetics
- Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) diversity
2.3. Reproduction and behaviors in stump-tailed macaques (M. arctoides) and Burmese long-tailed macaques (M. f. aurea)

Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional case-by-case. Outreach to precollege students and other interested groups case-by-case. Training in primate veterinary medicine in the NPRCT-CU and in the field sites, Thailand.

Number of Staff: 42

Associated Field Sites: Location: Khao Krapuk Khao Taomor Non-hunting area, Petchaburi province, Thailand
Contact person: Dr. Aru Toyoda
Program focus: Behaviors and reproduction of stump-tailed macaques

Location: Koram Island, Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuab Khirikhan province, Thailand
Contact person: Assistant Professor Dr. Amanda Tan
Program focus: Stone-tool use behaviors and food isotopes of hybrid macaques between M. f. fascicularis and M. f. aurea

Location: Boi Yai Island and Ao Lobi, Pang-nga Bay National Park, Pang-nga province, Thailand
Contact person: Associate Professor Dr. Lydia Luncz
Program focus: Stone-tool use behaviors of long-tailed macaques and genetics

Location: Piak Nam Yai Island, Laemson National Park, Ranong province, Thailand
Contact person: Associate Professor Dr. Michael D. Gumert
Program focus: Stone-tool use behaviors of Burmese long-tailed macaques, cognitive science, food isotope, morphology and genetics

Last Updated: 2020-04-27

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