About ONPRC

Welcome to the website for the Oregon National Primate Research Center- the ONPRC.  As one of the seven National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) supported by the National Institutes of Health, our mandate is help people across generations live longer, healthier lives through scientific breakthroughs. To accomplish this goal, the NPRCs engaged in biomedical research using nonhuman primate (NHP) models, and provide research experts and resources to investigators throughout the United States so that they can discover causes, preventions, treatments, and cures for important diseases and disorders.  Read more about the NPRCs on the public website: https://nprc.org/

The ONPRC has a unique identity linked to its particular mix of research emphases and NHP colonies.  We have developed a variety of NHP models that allow us to ask key questions about aging, metabolic diseases like diabetes, reproductive enhancement, and many others.  Much of this opportunity is due to our multi-generational, pedigreed colonies that started to breed here in the early 1960s.  

In each of the five Scientific Divisions, there are world-class research programs that relate to high-priority medical needs that are expected to increase in importance and funding emphasis over the coming decades.  These include research in aging, AIDS, depression, infectious diseases, substance abuse, obesity, reproductive health, and genetics.  We are excited to share our recent discoveries with you.

Our role is to perform basic research to understand mechanisms of biological conditions and diseases, and we also have an emphasis on translational research—to encourage development of the most advanced ideas into clinical testing.  This aspect of our research is greatly facilitated by the resources, expertise, and unique capabilities at the ONPRC and our partners at Oregon Health & Science University.  

In the pages included here, we have endeavored to give readers a taste of the exciting science we do and how we think it will improve human health.   For the general public, we encourage you to explore the “About ONPRC” tab, as well as “Caring for our Animals” and “Public Outreach.”  Don’t miss the Photo Gallery!  For students and teachers, we have sections on “Training and Education” and “Public Outreach.”  For scientists, you can find more details under the tabs “Science at ONPRC” and “Research Services.”

As always, we look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you to our Center.

Nancy L. Haigwood, Ph.D.
Director