2017 Ignition Awards Recipients Named

2017 Ignition Awards Recipients Named
The WaNPRC Pilot Program, which is conducted jointly with the Institute for Translational Health Sciences, has been presented previously in an earlier Weekly Update.  Since that time, the awards for the Fiscal Year 56 have been made and we want to present some short summaries of these protocols, to demonstrate the type(s) of research the ...

Randy Kyes in India: Sharing Thoughts on his Collaboration with the Gibbon Conservation Centre of Aaranyak

Randy Kyes in India: Sharing Thoughts on his Collaboration with the Gibbon Conservation Centre of Aaranyak
  Dr. Randall Kyes, Core Staff Scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center, is working closely with Gibbon Conservation Centre of Aaranyak, conducting field courses for young conservationists in Northeast India for the past seven years. His work focuses on Conservation Biology and Global Health. In this clip, Dr. Kyes speaks about his association ...

WaNPRC Core Lab Tapped for Expertise on Hantavirus after Cases in Western Washington

WaNPRC Core Lab Tapped for Expertise on Hantavirus after Cases in Western Washington
KING 5’s Alison Morrow reports: Some of the country’s leading hantavirus experts are studying it from highly secured labs at the University of Washington in South Lake Union. King County officials are waiting on confirmation of another case of hantavirus, which would be the third since November. A woman from Redmond was diagnosed with it ...

Nine Science Advocacy Groups Release White Paper on the Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates (NHPs) in Scientific and Medical Research

Nine Science Advocacy Groups Release White Paper on the Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates (NHPs) in Scientific and Medical Research
Paper highlights the essential role nonhuman primates play in finding treatments for serious and life-altering conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Zika virus, HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s disease WASHINGTON — The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced today the release of the white paper, The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research. The white paper ...

No Evidence of Autism-Like Behavior after Vaccination of Infants

No Evidence of Autism-Like Behavior after Vaccination of Infants
Infant Rhesus Macaques Show Normal Development after Receiving Pediatric Vaccines SEATTLE – Correlation of childhood vaccines and autism studied at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). Study shows no evidence of autism-like behavior or neuropathology in rhesus macaques after receiving typical childhood vaccinations. All animals in the study developed normally after being administered thimerosal-containing ...

Groundbreaking Heart Disease Research Conducted at Washington National Primate Research Center Gets $25 Million Boost

Groundbreaking Heart Disease Research Conducted at Washington National Primate Research Center Gets $25 Million Boost
Heart Disease Research at Primate Center Started with $75,000 Ignition Pilot Program Award SEATTLE – Promising new heart disease treatment being researched at the Washington National Primate Research Center receives $10 million funding infusion from Washington Research Foundation to bring total funding to $25 million. The stem cell-derived therapy could change heart disease treatment following a ...

Monkeying Around in Remote Indonesia

Monkeying Around in Remote Indonesia
When Matthew Novak set foot on Tinjil Island in Indonesia this summer, it was a homecoming of sorts. Twenty years ago, Novak (BS, PhD, Psychology, 1993, 2002) participated in a month-long field study program on the remote island as a UW graduate student. He returned this year as a professor, along with four of his ...

WaNPRC Scientists May Have Colorblindness Cure

For the more than 10 million Americans with colorblindness, there’s never been a treatment, let alone a cure, for the condition that leaves them unable to distinguish certain hues. Now, for the first time, Jay and Maureen Neitz of the University of Washington have teamed with a California biotech firm to develop what they say may ...

UW Researchers Look for Best Way to Diagnose Tuberculosis

By Kevin Kwong The Daily Annually, the World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates March 24 as World Tuberculosis Day in recognition of the continued impact of tuberculosis (TB), a widespread, and in many cases, fatal disease. By their estimate, more than 9 million people worldwide fell ill with tuberculosis in 2013 and 1.5 million died. “The ...

WaNPRC Study Examines Safety of Pediatric Vaccines, Such as MMR

WaNPRC Study Examines Safety of Pediatric Vaccines, Such as MMR
No Neurodevelopmental or Behavioral Deficits Found in Vaccinated Non-Human Primates Critical study of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) pediatric vaccine shows no harm to neurodevelopment, cognition or behavior in vaccinated nonhuman primate infants. Five-year case-control study by researchers at the Washington National Primate Research Center is published as United States sees measles resurgence. The study ...

Center Scientists Bring STEM-Based Educational Field Course to Native American Youth

Center Scientists Bring STEM-Based Educational Field Course to Native American Youth
For 25 years, Prof. Randy Kyes, in partnership with his international colleagues, have conducted annual educational field course focusing on conservation biology and global health for university students and professionals in countries around the world. Now Kyes and his colleagues provide a similar program to local students at Chief Leschi Tribal School in Puyallup, Washington. ...

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 ...

Researcher Wins SPARK Competition Prize ‘Reimagining’ Chemistry Set

Researcher Wins SPARK Competition Prize ‘Reimagining’ Chemistry Set
Prototype Toy Allows Kids to See Effects of Body’s Electrical Signals SPARK Competition prize awarded to Robijanto Soetedjo, MD, PhD,  for prototype toy allowing kids to explore electrical signals from the human body. Dr. Soetedjo created platform while trying to explain his research to his own children — Dr. Soetedjo is a neuroscientist with the University of Washington ...

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 ...

Fullbright Specialist Grant Awarded to Randall Kyes

Fullbright Specialist Grant Awarded to Randall Kyes
WaNPRC Scientist Receives Fullbright Specialist Grant Dr. Randall Kyes awarded with Fullbright Specialist grant. Kyes is a Core Scientist at the WaNPRC and Research Professor in Psychology and Adjunct in Global Health is the Director of the Center for Global Field Study with the University of Washington. Kyes will travel to Indonesia at the end ...

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 ...

Deadline to apply for ITHS/WaNPRC Ignition Award is Feb. 17

The Institute of Translational Health Science (ITHS) and the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) are pleased to sponsor an Ignition Award, focusing on the use of nonhuman primate models of human disease. The purpose of this Ignition Award is to explore innovative areas of nonhuman primate research and generate preliminary data to serve as ...

NCRR dissolved; WaNPRC now part of NIH Office of the Director

The appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2012 was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 23, 2011. The bill includes provisions that formally establish the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) as a new component of the NIH.  This is an important step forward in NIH’s efforts to speed ...

Shiu-Lok Hu awarded $6.7 million from Gates Foundation for AIDS research

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Shiu-Lok Hu a $6.7 million grant that will enable his research team to join the Consortium for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD), an international network of scientists launched by the Gates Foundation to design novel HIV vaccine candidates and advance the most promising candidates to clinical trials. Hu is a ...

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 abstracts ...

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 ...

Ethical Considerations in Research Conference Sept. 22 – 23 at UW Meany Hall

Graduate student scholarships are now available for attendance at the Ethical Considerations in Research Collaborations Conference Sept. 22 – Sept. 23 at UW Meany Hall. A limited number of scholarships are available and will be awarded first to graduate students who submit an original abstract that represents their field of scholarly work AND is judged to ...

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 ...

Kyes’ International Field Study Program strengthens U.S. ties with Indonesia

By Molly McElroy News and Information For 16 years, Randall Kyes, research professor in psychology and director of the UW Center for Global Field Study, has led undergraduate and graduate students on fieldwork expeditions to Indonesia. Once on Tinjil Island, a biodiversity hotspot and home of one of Southeast Asia’s premier primate natural habitat breeding ...

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 ...

ITHS and WaNPRC sponsor annual $75,000 Ignition Award

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) and the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) are pleased to sponsor the Ignition Award for research focusing on the use of nonhuman primate models of human disease. The purpose of the award is to explore innovative areas of nonhuman primate research and generate preliminary data to serve ...

New class of biomolecules triggered in response to respiratory virus infection

For the first time, scientists have discovered that a poorly understood class of RNA produced in a mammal’s cells during a respiratory virus attack may affect the outcome of the infection. Their findings are reported today in mBio, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. RNA (ribonucleic acid) contains information transcribed from the cell’s instruction ...

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 ...

Paul McKellips discusses public opinion on use of animals in research

Paul McKellips, executive vice president for the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR), discussed public opinion on the use of animals in research in a presentation Oct. 6 in the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Building. McKellips’ multimedia presentation was designed for researchers, animal care personnel, security and facilities staff, and public affairs directors. Staff, faculty ...

Eb Fetz receives Aspen Brain Forum Prize for innovation in neurotechnology

Eberhard Fetz, WaNPRC core staff scientist and UW professor of physiology and biophysics, received the first Aspen Brain Forum Prize in Neurotechnology. The prize was awarded to Fetz for “work that has broad application and impact in translating basic research into effective therapeutics within the area of neural prosthetics.” Fetz is widely considered a pioneer in ...

Nancy Haigwood co-authors paper featured in Nature

Nancy Haigwood, director of the Oregon National Primate Research Center and WaNPRC affiliate scientist, co-authored a paper featured in the Oct. 3 issue of the journal Nature, one of the world’s leading scientific journals. Nancy’s paper is titled “Passive neutralizing antibody controls SHIV viremia and enhances B cell responses in infant macaques.” This research was supported ...

Eliza Curnow authors paper featured on cover of Human Reproduction

Eliza Curnow authors paper featured on cover of Human Reproduction
Eliza Curnow, a research scientist in the Center’s Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Division, authored a paper featured on the cover of the October 2010 issue of the journal Human Reproduction. The paper is titled  “In vitro developmental potential of macaque oocytes, derived from unstimulated ovaries, following maturation in the presence of glutathione ethyl ester.” Curnow ...

Randy Kyes addresses U.S. delegation on collaboration between WaNPRC and partner primate research center in Indonesia

Randy Kyes addresses U.S. delegation on collaboration between WaNPRC and partner primate research center in Indonesia
Randy Kyes, head of the Center’s International Programs Division, discussed 20 years of successful scientific collaboration between the WaNPRC and the Primate Research Center at Bogor Agricultural University (PSSP-IPB) on May 16 in front of a U.S. delegation in Bogor, Indonesia. Kyes was invited by the PSSP-IPB to discuss the Indonesian primate research center’s longstanding ...

Neitz lab research on color blindness featured in Northwestern University’s Medill Reports

Neitz lab research on color blindness featured in Northwestern University’s Medill Reports
Northwestern University’s Medill Reports featured research by the Neitz lab on using gene therapy to cure color blindness in squirrel monkeys on their Web site in late April. “We’re really anxious to make it happen,” said Jay Neitz, WaNPRC affiliate scientist. “We have to be able to prove it’s safe before it gets tried on ...

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 ...

WaNPRC neuroscientists explore ‘brain-machine interface’

WaNPRC neuroscientists explore 'brain-machine interface'
Research by WaNPRC scientists Eberhard Fetz, Chet Moritz and Steve Perlmutter on how the brain can be rewired to get around a paralyzing injury and directly re-animate immobilized limbs was featured in the Oct. 16, 2008 issue of Nature magazine. “It’s the beginning of a new line of research,” asserted Chet Moritz, a UW neuroscientist and ...