September 2, 2022 In a new article in The Conversation, three Speaking of Research committee members write about how primate research can advance understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease. The topic is an important one, affecting many people. The authors write: “As of 2022, an estimated 6.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that robs people … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Research with Primates: Speaking of Research in The Conversation
August 1, 2022 Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda M. Dettmer, Justin A. Varholick Vegans are often defined as anyone who does not eat any food derived from animals and does not use any animal products. This means that they are also often opposed to the use of animals for research and testing of medicines, vaccines, and … Continue reading What should a vegan do about vaccinations?
July 7, 2022 In a move sure to affect biomedical and behavioral research in Europe and elsewhere international airline Air France recently announced via Twitter that it would discontinue transport of research monkeys. Air France had previously stood firm against campaigns and protests by anti-animal research groups and continued to provide this key service for … Continue reading Air France ends transportation of research monkeys
June 27, 2022Chris Petkov & Renee Hartig Primate neuroscience research has been a bedrock of scientific discoveries on how the brain works. This has led to scientific breakthroughs and discoveries to advance treatments for Parkinson’s disease and many other disorders, including clinical depression and blindness. Primate research has also been critical for advancing vaccines to … Continue reading Interview with the Director: The importance of the Washington National Primate Research Center
June 21, 2022 Doris Doudet & Allyson J. Bennett Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a prominent neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. PD is associated with well-known motor symptoms such as tremor, slowness of movement and increased risks of falls but … Continue reading Animal studies contribute to development of a potential new treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
June 9, 2022 In January 2021 a UK news outlet, The Guardian, wrote about new guidelines aimed at reducing the trade and acceptance of nonhuman primates as pets. The particular focus, following evidence and recommendations from international primatological societies, was on posting and dissemination of photos in which scientists and others--including "celebrity primatologists"-- pose with … Continue reading An important thing The Guardian and PETA can do to protect primates
June 8, 2022 It is not new news that individuals and groups engaged in political campaigns against animal research rarely miss an opportunity to amplify their message and promote their agenda by jumping on current world events. A look at PETA’s webpage, for example, will tell you about PETA Germany’s efforts to rescue pets in … Continue reading Facts about monkeypox and animal research
March 9, 2022Agnes Lacreuse, Amanda Dettmer, & Allyson J. Bennett Research with monkeys and other nonhuman primates (NHPs) is important for understanding threats to human health that range from Alzheimer's disease to cancer and diabetes, addiction, Parkinson’s disease, and more. This research is also a fundamental building block for understanding how the brain works, how … Continue reading How do the US National Primate Research Centers benefit science and society?