| ||DIRP Non-Human Primate Core - Overview
The mission of
the NIMH IRP Neurobiology Non-Human Primate Core is to develop
and provide support for assessment of non-human primate
models to assist NIMH IRP research objectives, particularly
those related to causes and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
*Breed and rear monkeys with varying early-life experiences
purported to influence the emergence of psychiatric disorders.
The staff of the Core is trained and experienced in many
aspects of non-human primate husbandry, breeding and rearing
strategies and handling methods.
*Develop, implement and support detailed cognitive, behavioral,
physiological and endocrine profiles of Core monkeys. Core
staff are trained and experienced in various aspects of
non-human primate behavioral analysis, particularly those
related to social development, social dominance and emotional
behavior. Further, Core staff is skilled in the rapid collection
of blood and CSF samples.
*Provide a team of skilled technicians to assist ongoing
research projects. The technicians work closely with the
animals and can provide valuable insights related to individual
temperament, handling and daily variance in environment.
*Provide training and reliability testing for investigators
and their staff in non-human primate ethogram development,
behavioral observation techniques, and other testing techniques.
*Provide database management of complex behavioral, endocrine
and genetic profiles related to pedigree, rearing experience,
social competence and emotionality.
*Sponsor seminars related to non-human primate research
related to NIMH IRP goals.