The MVC supports investigators through an array of specialized virology services and the provision of technical expertise.
Key focus areas are:
- Custom production and quality control of viral vectors, viral stocks and antigens.
- Sensitive viral diagnostic assays to study virus spread after infection, monitor viral tissue distribution, and assess antiviral antibodies.
- Provision and development of key reagents and standardized assays.
In addition, the MVC offers user training in virology techniques, safe handling of infectious agents, and assistance in maintaining proper compliance with local institutional biosafety requirements.
The MVC is a research support core at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) West Campus. The mission of the MVC is to provide essential virology services, reagents, specialized expertise and training to investigators in order to advance a wide array of research, with a particular focus on non-human primates (NHP). These range from basic studies in viral pathogenesis and immunology to viral vaccines, gene transfer and gene therapy.