Announcing the NIA Primate Aging Database

Notice Number: NOT-AG-06-006

Key Dates
Release Date: February 23, 2006

Issued by
National Institute on Aging (NIA), (

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces a new resource for investigators in the field of aging research, designed to facilitate the use of non-human primates (NHP) in aging research.  The NIA Primate Aging Database (PAD) was developed to collect data on normal aging in a wide range of NHP species.  Blood chemistry measurements and body weight data have been collected for healthy NHP across the lifespan, from primate colonies across the country.  The data is coded and PAD currently has approximately 400,000 data points from 16 different species, although the predominant amount of data is from rhesus macaques.  More data will be collected and submission of data is encouraged.  The data can be used by the research community to identify changes in biological parameters with age, to validate NHP models for aspects of human aging, and to perform comparative analyses.  It will also be a valuable resource for veterinary staff caring for aged NHP, identifying normal ranges for measurements at different ages.

The PAD is available on a secure internet server that requires password-protected access.  The home page ( has a link to request access, as well as a description of the database.  Access is restricted to investigators and veterinarians in academic and commercial laboratories with interests in aging research.

If difficulty accessing the website is encountered, contact Tracy Cope,

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