As our population grows, humans interact with animals and the environment in new ways that can cause infectious disease epidemics. Tulane University prides itself on being on the front lines of both research and defense against these outbreaks – it is the foundation upon which the university was built.
Historic accomplishments made by researchers at the Tulane National Primate Research Center are featured in the Outbreak Exhibit, curated by the National Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The exhibit is free and open to the public from May 1 - July 31 in the Diboll Gallery at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Established in 1964, Tulane National Primate Research Center is one of seven federally funded national primate research centers.
Tulane National Primate Research Center is situated on 500 acres of land in Covington, Louisiana, about 40 miles north of New Orleans.
Among the TNPRC's accomplishments was its discovery that the West African sooty mangabey is the natural host of SIV and the most likely source of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-2 (HIV-2.)