About WaNPRC


The Center’s mission is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology.

To meet this mission, the WaNPRC supports biomedical research activities, professional research staff, specifically bred and maintained nonhuman primate colonies, and dedicated facilities and equipment required for nonhuman primate research protocols.


To support translational and pre-clinical biomedical research utilizing nonhuman primates with emphasis in the areas of AIDS-related research, developmental biology, functional genomics, immunology, reproductive biology, neurophysiology, international studies, transplantation and stem cell biology, virology, and development of primate disease models. These major areas of research serve as focal points for the core and affiliate research program.


To provide a complete, inclusive spectrum of resources necessary for successful implementation of nonhuman primate protocols.


To provide efficient and effective access to the resources of the Center to the local, regional, national, and international primate research community.

Operational Efficiency

To continue to become more cost efficient, evaluating long-term research resource needs, and implementing organizational and resource changes to best accommodate those requirements.


To maintain and expand the Center’s affiliate and core scientist roster to increase the use of nonhuman primate models in biomedical research as well as provide additional scientific resources for the broader research community.

Dissemination of Information

To disseminate information regarding nonhuman primate use and research findings to scientists throughout the biomedical research community.

Training Opportunities

To provide comprehensive and appropriate training programs for scientists, staff, and students regarding nonhuman primate research, safety, biohazards, and the proper care and use of nonhuman primates in research.

A Few Facts About the WaNPRC

The Center is an integral department of the University of Washington (UW), operating under the auspices of the Health Sciences Administration, and is affiliated with the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, affiliated research centers and the University of Washington Medical Center.

The Center received its first operating grant award in 1961 and is one of the seven U.S. centers in the National Primate Research Center Program (NPRC) established by Congress in 1959 in order to provide specialized resources for nonhuman primate research studies that are applicable to human health.

Our headquarters are in the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center on the UW campus in Seattle Washington, with additional leased facilities in South Lake Union and Belltown in metropolitan Seattle.

Core facilities are supported by the NIH Office of the Director. Specifically, all NPRCs reside within the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP).

WaNPRC research staff are nationally and internationally prominent scientists led by our Core Staff scientists and over 400 affiliate scientists. These Core Scientists are also UW faculty members in the following departments: Biochemistry, Biological Structure, Environmental Health, Immunology, Medicine, Microbiology, Pediatrics, Pharmaceutics, Physiology and Biophysics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology.

Research conducted in WaNPRC facilities touches virtually every field of nonhuman primate biology and medicine with particular focus on the neurobiological sciences, AIDS-related research, reproductive and developmental sciences, genomics, immunogenetics, nonhuman primate models for human diseases, international outreach and conservation, and the psychological well-being needs of its colonies.

Researchers involved with the Primate Center participate in biomedical research activities that supports the NIH initiative to accelerate the translation of basic discoveries into improved therapies and medical care.