In light of the diminishing primate resource options both nationally and abroad, the global significance of establishing and maintaining scientific international collaborations with multiple habitat/source countries cannot be overstated. In addition to the mutual benefits derived through joint research and training, foreign breeding programs, supported through international collaboration, provide immediate and long-term priority resource support to address the human health concerns of both countries. The priority of access afforded via a formal collaborative program is an important consideration and something that may not be assured through reliance solely on commercial suppliers.
The Division of Global Programs has established collaborative programs in Indonesia, Nepal, Russia, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mexico. These collaborative international programs support our Center as well as the other 7 NIH-supported National Primate Research Centers and affiliate researchers.
The Division also encompasses a broad range of scientific and service-oriented programs including collaborative research, training/outreach, and conservation. Formerly, the Primate Resource Referral Service (PRRS) provided the communications/database network needed for efficient acquisition and sharing of existing captive primates and primate-related resources by investigators and institutions both nationally and internationally. The overall goal of this service to maximize the use of existing captive primates, thereby reducing the total number of primates needed for research, and in turn, helping to promote the conservation of primate populations in the wild. Due to Budget Constraints, the Primate Resource Referral Service (PRRS) unfortunately will be on hiatus, discontinuing all services and publications until these budgetary issues have been resolved. Hopefully this will be a short hiatus; and users will be notified when the PRRS resumes services.
The Division’s research focus includes the primary core of Conservation Biology. The focus of the Conservation Biology research is on the natural biology and assessment of naturally occurring primate populations.
Dr. Kyes has been instrumental in establishing collaborative field-based training programs in Primatology and Conservation Biology for students, staff and professionals affiliated with our foreign institutions.
Core Staff Scientists
|Name||WaNPRC Division||Position||UW Department(s)|
|Randall C. Kyes||Global Programs||Core Staff Scientist||Departments of Psychology, Global Health, and Anthropology|