Animals and Your Health at PAWS on Science

Animals and Your Health at PAWS on Science
The Washington National Primate Research Center, Division of Global Programs hosted an exhibit entitled “Animals and Your Health” at UW’s annual science festival “PAWS-on-Science” April 4th – 6th 2014 at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The exhibit provided information for children (K-12) on methods used to study animals in the wild and included hands-on ...

PBS Films at WaNPRC

PBS Films at WaNPRC
                                      Three-part series, “Your Inner Fish” films at Washington National Primate Research Center. The show traces more than 350 million years of human evolution to show how human bodies have taken shape. PBS show is based on ...

Researchers hope to protect against HIV-like outbreak

By Bobbi Nodell and Kristen Woodward UW Health Sciences | UW Medicine  Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Throughout Asia, humans and monkeys live side-by-side in many urban areas. An international research team from the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Jahangirnagar University has been examining transmission of a virus from monkeys to ...

PBS Documentary Crew at WaNPRC

PBS Documentary Crew at WaNPRC
PBS/BBC-based TV production company and evolutionary biologist, Dr. Neil Shubin film at Washington National Primate Research Center. The crew captured the outstanding research of Drs. Tom Burbacher, Kim Grant, Jay Neitz and Maureen Neitz. Primate Center researchers, research technicians and animal care staff worked with Center Programs and UW Medicine Strategic Marketing & Communications personnel ...

WANPRC Researcher Finds Critically Endangered Monkey Population Shifts to Sustainability

American Journal of Primatology (AJP) published article by Dr. Randy Kyes, Core Staff Scientist with the Washington National Primate Research Center, on the stabilization of critically endangered Sulawesi black macaques. The findings support a shift in population sustainability of the Macaca nigra living in an Indonesian nature reserve after decades of decline. Read the full ...

Center scientists conduct field course for students at Quileute Tribal School

Dr. Randy Kyes, head of the WaNPRC’s Division of Global Programs, and colleague Dr. Pensri Kyes offered a three-day, mini-field course titled “College Prep-Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health: At the Human-Environment Interface” for 18 middle and high school students from June 4 to June 6 at the Quileute Tribal School in La Push, ...

From the mouths of monkeys: New technique detects tuberculosis

By Leila Gray UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine Tuberculosis can be a serious threat to monkeys and apes. A new technique for detecting the tuberculosis -causing bacteria could help in protecting the health of primate populations. The method can spot TB even among infected primates that show no outward sign of disease, but are still capable ...

NPRCs help celebrate science at USA Science and Engineering Festival

Representatives from the National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) spoke to an estimated 4,000 people who visited the NPRC booth at the 2nd annual USA Science and Engineering Festival from April 27 to April 29 in Washington D.C. Billed as “the largest celebration of science in the U.S.,” the festival featured more than 3,000 interactive exhibits, ...

Center hosts ‘Animals and the Future’ exhibit at UW’s PAWS-on-Science activities

The Center’s Division of Global Programs hosted an exhibit titled “Animals and the Future” at the UW’s “PAWS-on-Science” outreach activities from March 30 to April 1 at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The exhibit included information for children on methods used to study animals in the wild and included hands-on activities with some of ...

WaNPRC hosts 29th Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS

  The WaNPRC hosted the 29th Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS from Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Friday, Oct. 28 in 2011 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. Beatrice Hahn, professor of medicine and microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, was the keynote speaker. Review the ...

WaNPRC welcomes science educators participating in NWABR’s CURE program

On Friday, July 29, scientists from the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) participated in “Collaborations to Understand Research and Ethics (CURE),” a professional development program designed for science teachers. The program was developed by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) and funded by a Science Education Partnership Award grant from the National Institutes of Health ...

Eberhard Fetz and Chet Moritz to contribute expertise to new NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

  Eberhard Fetz, WaNPRC core staff scientist, and Chet Moritz, WaNPRC affiliate scientist, will contribute expertise to a new Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) based at the University of Washington (UW). The CSNE, which launches this month in UW Russell Hall, is funded by an $18.5 million grant from the National Science ...

Eb Fetz and colleagues receive $1 million grant to develop implantable computers

Eb Fetz, WaNPRC core staff scientist, and colleagues for received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for a project titled “Implantable Computers to Augment Brain Function.” Fetz is collaborating Professors Jeffrey Ojemann (Neurological Surgery), Brian Otis (Electrical Engineering) and Babak Parviz (Electrical Engineering) on a project to develop and deploy recurrent brain-computer ...

Researchers develop first implanted device to treat balance disorder

Following a successful surgery on Oct. 21, a patient at the University of Washington Medical Center became the world’s first recipient of a device that aims to quell the disabling vertigo associated with Meniere’s disease. The device being tested — a cochlear implant and processor with re-engineered software and electrode arrays — represents four-plus years ...

Shiu-Lok Hu part of team that receives $15.5 million to study HIV antibodies

Shiu-Lok Hu part of team that receives $15.5 million to study HIV antibodies
Shiu-Lok Hu, WaNPRC core staff scientist and UW professor of microbiology and pharmaceutics, is part of a research team that received a five-year, $15.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) program. The project, titled “Strategies for Eliciting Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies against ...

Center’s new Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facilities begin operation

Center’s new Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facilities begin operation
The Center added new BSL-3 facilities to our to our laboratory inventory. The addition of this facility has doubled our previous BSL-3 laboratory capacity. The new laboratory was carefully designed to accommodate and safely support several investigators’ research interests simultaneously. Safety features focus on air handling and full a computer monitoring and central control system. ...

Toxicants in Asian macaque hair may warn of environmental threats

Toxicants in Asian macaque hair may warn of environmental threats
  Testing hair from Asian monkeys living close to people may provide early warnings of toxic threats to humans and wildlife, according to a study published online in January 2010 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. In parts of South and Southeast Asia, macaques and people are synanthropic, which means they share the same ecological ...

Center for Global Field Study will train environmental stewards worldwide

Center for Global Field Study will train environmental stewards worldwide
  By Nancy Wick, University Week When Lauren Jorelle was a UW student, she went to Indonesia as part of a field study program sponsored by the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) and the UW Department of Psychology. The experience was a good one — so good that she elected to go back on ...

Neitz research group uses gene therapy to treat color blindness in monkeys

Neitz research group uses gene therapy to treat color blindness in monkeys
  Jay Neitz and Maureen Neitz, WaNPRC affiliate scientists, are part of a team of researchers that used gene therapy to successfully treat color blindness in two adult male squirrel monkeys. The Neitz research group worked with scientists at the University of Florida (UFL) on the study, which was featured in the Sept. 16 online ...

Katze and team use systems biology to model host responses to bird flu, SARS

Katze and team use systems biology to model host responses to bird flu, SARS
by Leila Gray, University Week The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health, awarded a contract to the University of Washington (UW) in October 2008 to use systems biology approaches to comprehensively analyze and model the virus-host interactions and cellular response networks that are induced or altered during ...