Washington National Primate Research Center

May 3, 2019

2019 Ignition Awards Recipients Named

2019 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…


February 14, 2019

Regenerative Therapy for Glaucoma in Squirrel Monkeys

The following is a transcript from a discussion with Thomas A. Reh, PhD, Professor of Biological Structure and Principle Investigator examining Retinal Development and Regeneration, joined by Catherine Ray, Reh Lab Project Manager. The objective of the discussion was to learn details about the research the laboratory will be conducting and what resources the WaNPRC…


November 29, 2018

International UW Collaboration Inspects MRSA in Wild Monkey and Swine Populations of Nepal

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a ubiquitous bacterium colonizing 20–30% of the human population. Beyond asymptomatic carriage, S. aureus causes a wide range of infections, such as skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), bone, joint and implant infections, pneumonia, septicemia and various toxicoses such as toxic shock syndrome. Shortly after the introduction of penicillin in…


July 9, 2018

Zika Virus Poses Greater Threat to Fetus Than Thought; Observations in NHPs Call for Closer Follow-up of Exposed Infants

Research from several institutions, including the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) at the University of Washington, suggests that more women could be losing their pregnancies to the Zika virus (ZIKV) without knowing they are infected. The study, published in Nature Medicine on July 2, found that 26 percent of nonhuman primates infected with Zika during early…


July 5, 2018

Murry Lab Details Regeneration of Heart Muscle Using Stem Cells in WaNPRC Primates in new Study

“We’re talking about the number one cause of death in the world [for humans],” said study author Dr. Charles Murry, director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) at the University of Washington. And at the moment all of our treatments are … dancing around the root problem, which is that you…


June 20, 2018

Q&A with Courtney Miller, new Grant and Contract Manager

Courtney joined the WaNPRC in March of 2018. She was brought on board during a transition within the Finance Division’s grant operations. This was also amidst Ann Schmidt’s retirement after her 36 years of service here. Courtney describes herself as highly motivated and goal oriented as a senior grant & contract management specialist. She has…


June 4, 2018

2018 Ignition Awards Recipients Named

The WaNPRC Pilot Program, which is conducted jointly with the Institute for Translational Health Sciences, has been presented previously in an earlier Weekly Update.  Since that time, the awards for the Fiscal Year 57 have been made and we want to present some short summaries of these protocols, to demonstrate the type(s) of research the…


April 2, 2018

Q&A with Ann Schmidt who Retires After 36 Years of Service at the Primate Center

When and how did you first arrive here at the UW and Primate Center? What was your path to the position you are now leaving? I graduated as a Vet Tech (Pierce College) in 1979.  I was working at the old Emergency Vet Hospital with Bill Morton, who was also the WaNPRC Supervisory Vet at…


January 23, 2018

WaNPRC Neuroscientist Featured for Pioneering Work on Brain-Computer Interface

A piece on Dr. Eberhard Fetz, WaNPRC core staff scientist and professor of physiology & biophysics has appeared within the cover article published in the January 4th issue of The Economist. The piece, as part of the Technology Quarterly, focuses on the science of thoughts controlling machines. “BCIs have deep roots. In the 18th century Luigi…


December 27, 2017

Promise Seen in One-and-done Approach to Combat flu

The strategy introduces stable components of flu virus to the body to spur universal, and long-lasting DNA-enhanced protection. Getting a flu shot every year can be a pain. One UW Medicine researcher is hoping to make the yearly poke a thing of the past with the development of a universal vaccine that would protect from all strains of influenza virus,…


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