Washington National Primate Research Center

December 2, 2021

Q&A ‘About Dr. Basso’


Marking 10th Anniversary of Field Course with Mahasarakham University in Thailand

“We have managed to conduct this annual field course despite the pandemic – both last year and this year. And it was somewhat bittersweet, as this is the only field course (across all our program countries) that we will be able to conduct in 2021. Mahasarakham University also hosted a special seminar to celebrate the…

December 1, 2021

Dr. Deborah Fuller Addresses the Omicron Variant, Vaccines and Travel Bans

WaNPRC AD for Research speaks to media about new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern SEATTLE TIMES: University of Washington scientist weighs in on spread of  new coronavirus omicron variant By Elise Takahama, staff reporter While the world’s newest coronavirus variant of concern, named omicron, hasn’t yet been detected in Washington state or the United States, a…

October 26, 2021

Media Coverage FAQs

The Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) has long been a focus of anti-science extremism. The mission of these extremist organizations is to end all research that involves animals. We all know however, that in the absence of viable nonanimal alternatives, ending animal research would also mean an end to life-saving medical treatments, interventions, and…

September 2, 2021

WaNPRC Announces Appointment of New Director

After a national search for a new center director, the WaNPRC has been awarded with the recruitment of an internationally recognized outside candidate. Effective October 16, 2021, Michele A. Basso, PhD, will join the WaNPRC as the new director. Dr. Basso is already discussing plans for recruitment of new investigators and bringing in new core…

August 27, 2021

Kyes Stresses Importance of Monitoring Wildlife and Human Interactions in Nepal

The Natural Resource Management Program at Nepal College of Engineering (NEC), in association with University of Washington, organized an August 20 webinar entitled, “Bush to Bench to Bedside: The Critical Role of Field Research in Biodiversity Conservation and Translational Science.” The keynote speaker at the webinar, Professor Randall C. Kyes, said that long-term monitoring is…

August 18, 2021

NIAID Now: The Important Role of Animal Research in mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Development

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, safe and effective vaccines are playing a pivotal role in preventing severe disease and death and limiting the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated rapid vaccine development and testing. Fortunately, NIAID’s decades-long support and conduct of coronavirus and vaccine research…

August 4, 2021

Retinal Researchers Tap Into TDP to Learn More About Predictive Coding

Retina ‘hardwired’ to predict path of moving objects  by Michael McCarthy Finding helps explain how baseball players can connect with a 100-mph fastball and how the rest of us manage everyday tasks. Neural circuits in the primate retina can generate the information needed to predict the path of a moving object before visual signals even…

July 2, 2021

Gordon: Got a COVID vaccination? You can thank research and science

Just like our doctors and nurses, researchers in the Pacific Northwest have also been on the frontlines working at a rapid pace to understand the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19: how it spreads, how it infects, who it infects, why it shows itself in a variety of symptoms and why it progresses in such a…

April 7, 2021

2021 Ignition Awards Recipients Named

2021 Ignition Awards Recipients: The WaNPRC Pilot Program is conducted jointly with the Institute for Translational Health Sciences and provides funding to collect preliminary data for future funding opportunities. The goal is to fund projects with innovative research endeavors that have translational implications to move toward human applications. This year there was a competitive pool…

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