NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 11, March 18, 1994

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  Animal Breed. & Facil., Scientific 

National Center for Research Resources

The Caribbean Primate Research Center (CPRC) operates three research

facilities for behavioral, biomedical, and anthropological studies

and dissertation research.

Cayo Santiago:  An island colony of approximately 1000 provisioned,

free-ranging rhesus macaques ideal for both short- and long-term

observational research.  An annual capture also facilitates non-

invasive biomedical investigations and surveys on a limited basis.

Computerized demographic data are available on over 12 macaque

generations.  These include individual identifications, matriline,

group affiliation, reproductive history, birth and death dates.

Sabana Seca:  A field station housing approximately 900 macaques,

many derived from Cayo Santiago, in outdoor corrals, pens, and

individual cages primarily for biomedical studies, breeding, and

behavioral research that require frequent handling of animals.

CPRC Skeletal Collection:  A curated collection of over 2500 complete

or nearly-complete skeletons of six species of nonhuman primates,

mostly rhesus macaques and patas monkeys.  The collection is ideal

for studies of spontaneous and acquired joint and bone diseases,

physical anthropology, growth and development, and bone remodeling.

Available supporting data include basic demographic information,

medical records and thoracic radiographs, a selection of

cephalometric radiographs and reproductive history.  Use is generally

limited to non-destructive studies, but limited destructive sampling

is permissible given sufficient justification.

The Caribbean Primate Research Center is partially funded by NIH

program project grant RR03640.


Investigators and students wishing to avail themselves of the CPRC's

unique research resources should send a letter of intent and/or

contact staff members.  For an information packet, contact:

Dr. Matt J. Kessler, Director

Caribbean Primate Research Center

University of Puerto Rico

Medical Sciences Campus

P.O. Box 1053

Sabana Seca, PR  00952-1053 (USA)

FAX:  (809) 795-6700


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