WaNPRC Hosts Director of German Primate Center

WaNPRC Hosts Director of German Primate Center
On June 29, the WaNPRC hosted Dr. Stefan Treue, Director of the German Primate Center (DPZ) and Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) at the University of Göttingen. Dr. Treue was first greeted by Dr. Greg Horwitz whom he had teamed up with on a 2010 summer Computational Neuroscience workshop on vison at the ...

Staff Interview: Cassie Moats

Staff Interview: Cassie Moats
The Washington National Primate Research Center supports outstanding research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. In order to accomplish this mission, we carefully monitor the health and well-being of our animals. We are proud of the high quality animal care that is provided by our personnel. The BioBulletin newsletter ...

UW Scientist and International Colleagues Celebrate Monumental 20th Year of Field Course

UW Scientist and International Colleagues Celebrate Monumental 20th Year of Field Course
By Chris Braunger | Communications Manager | WaNPRC Where in the world is Dr. Randall Kyes? Friends, colleagues and students call him Randy. Ask any of them and they will tell you that Randy is always on the move. Dealing with the hustle and bustle of crowded airport terminals in far-flung corners of the world ...

Ho Lab Develops “Targeted Long-Acting Combination Antiretroviral Therapy” (TLC-ART)

Ho Lab Develops
Investigators from the University of Washington schools of pharmacy and medicine have devised a long-acting therapy for HIV. The macaque model study acknowledged the support from former and current members of the RSS team at the Washington National Primate Research Center. Researchers concluded that a simple, scalable three-drug combination of the HIV drugs tenofovir, lopinavir and ritonavir ...

WaNPRC Core Staff Scientist and UW Alum Fights to Stop Zika

WaNPRC Core Staff Scientist and UW Alum Fights to Stop Zika
Professor Michael Gale heads a laboratory located in the burgeoning biomed research hub at the southern end of Lake Union in Seattle. His group has research programs focused on understanding immune control of West Nile virus infection and HIV infection as well as viral replication and infection outcomes of Hepatitis C. Gale and the 34 ...

Cliff Astley: 40 Years with the Washington National Primate Research Center

Cliff Astley: 40 Years with the Washington National Primate Research Center
Cliff Astley celebrates 40 years of service this week with the University of Washington and Primate Center. Those years only count his employment. He actually started with the WaNPRC four years earlier in 1972 as a graduate student. He was interested in studying marine mammalian physiology and learned that Orville Smith, then director of the ...

Buffalo Lab Shares Research at Pacific Science Center Exhibit “Memory: Past Meets Present”

Buffalo Lab Shares Research at Pacific Science Center Exhibit “Memory: Past Meets Present”
Important neuroscience research being conducted by the Buffalo Lab at the Washington National Primate Research Center is being shared at the Pacific Science Center. The “Memory: Past Meets Present” exhibit is part of the Portal to Current Research that showcases local scientific research and its impact. The exhibit is open now through March 5, 2017. ...

O’Connor Receives Post-Doc Fellowship, Will Conduct HIV/AIDS Research at Washington National Primate Research Center

O’Connor Receives Post-Doc Fellowship, Will Conduct HIV/AIDS Research at Washington National Primate Research Center
Megan O’Connor, PhD., of the Fuller laboratory receives NIH-sponsored post-doctoral training fellowship from the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD. The fellowship will pay O’Connor a yearly stipend to complete her post-doctoral research that will take place at the Washington National Primate Research Center. The fellowship will assist O’Connor’s research by covering her ...

Randy Kyes Leads 100th Field Course, Reflects on A Program Nearly 30 Years in the Making

Randy Kyes Leads 100th Field Course, Reflects on A Program Nearly 30 Years in the Making
Dr. Kyes often travels for up to seven months each year as the leader of the Division of Global Programs for the Washington National Primate Research Center and Director of UW’s Center for Global Field Study. Students from around the world get to learn about the convergence of environmental and global health through field course ...

Gaming the Memory System in the Buffalo Lab

Gaming the Memory System in the Buffalo Lab
Researchers are studying memory formation in the primate brain—and finding clues for interventions for Alzheimer disease along the way. Giuseppe sits in a small room playing a videogame, joystick in hand. He zooms through a grassy field, foraging for big yellow bananas. Banking left, he speeds along a stonewall and captures two. A sweet treat ...

What Women Need to Know About the Zika Virus

What Women Need to Know About the Zika Virus
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Common symptoms for adults is very similar to a flu virus, including: fever, rash, joint pain, and dry and itchy eyes. Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman ...

Views on the Role of the Hippocampus

Views on the Role of the Hippocampus
Link Between Hippocampus and Memory The ability of the brain to store and later retrieve information is remarkable.  Detailed, complex memories can be formed after as little as one exposure, and those memories can be retained for decades.  This ability is compromised following damage to structures located in the medial temporal lobe, including the hippocampus ...

Exploration of the Primate Visual Cortex

Exploration of the Primate Visual Cortex
Similarities of Vision and Brain Response in Macaques and Humans Research conducted within the Pasupathy lab at the Washington National Primate Research Center capitalizes upon the similarities of macaque and human vision and brain response in its exploration of the primate visual cortex. The primate visual system is especially adept at recognizing objects in cluttered environments where ...

Fragile X and Associated Diseases Being Researched at WaNPRC

Fragile X and Associated Diseases Being Researched at WaNPRC
Targeted gene editing in nonhuman primate research model may hold key to unlocking mysteries of Fragile X and other genetic disorders. Fragile X Syndrome (Martin-Bell Syndrome) can result in a spectrum of mental disabilities (such as autism) and physical characteristics such as elongated face and protruding ears. Nearly half of children with Fragile X meet ...

WaNPRC Global Programs is Unique Among Primate Centers

WaNPRC Global Programs is Unique Among Primate Centers
The Division of Global Programs at the WaNPRC is a broad-based, multi-component unit unique among the National Primate Research Centers (NPRC). Working with partners in a number of countries, this division supports many of the National Institutes of Health objectives that are central to the NPRC program. Global Programs Objectives Resource Support:  Assist with the ...

Behavior Management Services Roles and Research

Behavior Management Services Roles and Research
Roles and Responsibilities Behavioral Management Services (BMS) is part of the WaNPRC Division of Primate Resources and is tasked with assuring the psychological well-being of the nonhuman primates housed at the Center. The overarching goal of Primate Resources is to provide an optimal environment for conducting biomedical research at the WaNPRC. In order to assure ...

Exciting New Projects at the Washington National Primate Research Center

“Memory Enhancement with Modeling, Electrophysiology, and Stimulation (MEMES)” Principal Investigator: Beth Buffalo ABSTRACT:  The RAM Program seeks to develop new technologies for using brain stimulation to enhance human memory. The MEMES team seeks to achieve this goal via a diverse and experience group of neuroscientists, neurosurgeons and corporate partners that will perform theoretical and empirical ...

WaNPRC Featured Resource: Bioengineering Offers Expertise and Great Rates

WaNPRC Featured Resource: Bioengineering Offers Expertise and Great Rates
Bioengineering Division Focus The Bioengineering division has been part of the Washington National Primate Research Center since its inception. Today, our focus is on developing instruments, tools, or other technological solutions when these cannot be obtained off-the-shelf; modifying them to meet altered requirements; or simply repairing them. While the WaNPRC Neuroscience Core researchers are our ...

Staff Interview: WaNPRC Veterinarians

Staff Interview: WaNPRC Veterinarians
The Washington National Primate Research Center supports outstanding research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. In order to accomplish this mission, we carefully monitor the health and well-being of our animals. We are proud of the high quality animal care that is provided by our personnel. The BioBulletin newsletter will include interviews with ...

Guest Post: The Promise of Biomedical Research

Guest Post: The Promise of Biomedical Research
The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) is tasked with the mission to promote the public’s trust in biomedical research and its ethical conduct. We achieve our mission by providing a space for education and dialogue about complex ethical questions. We host professional education conferences and public outreach events. As a team we consist of ...