National Primate Centers
National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs)
The eight National Primate Research Centers constitute a network of unique research institutions that provide important scientific resources for advancing biomedical knowledge and improving human health.
Established by Congress in the early 1960s, the NPRCs have become repositories of scientific expertise, specialized facilities and equipment for research with nonhuman primates.
Funded by grants through the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the NPRCs develop nonhuman primate models for basic and applied studies of human health and disease. The similarity of nonhuman primates to humans in genetic makeup, behavior and organ system function provides irreplaceable opportunities to understand, prevent and treat human disease. Each NPRC is an integral part of its host academic institution and maintains a faculty of core scientists. The centers also serve as resources to hundreds of affiliated and visiting scientists from every part of the United States, many of whom are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. They also welcome investigators from around the world. Conscious of their teaching mission, they train new generations of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and veterinarians to meet the challenges of biomedical research in the future.
The eight primate research centers supported by the National Center for Research Resources are: