The Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) improves human and animal health through basic and applied biomedical research. As one of the seven National Primate Research Centers primarily funded by the National Institute of Health, the TNPRC is committed to discovering causes, preventions, treatments, and cures that allow people around the world to live longer, healthier lives. Primary research interests include developing vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tools for infectious diseases such as AIDS, COVID-19, Lyme disease, tuberculosis, and emerging infectious diseases.
Research at the Tulane National Primate Research Center focuses on understanding infectious and chronic diseases that require the use of the nonhuman primate model.
Originally opened in 1964 as the Delta Regional Primate Center, the Tulane National Primate Research Center is situated on 500 acres of land in Covington, Louisiana approximately forty miles north of New Orleans. Over the past 60 years, the primate center Research has grown to meet the research needs for our nation's most pressing human health problems, and as a result has expanded its facilities, employees, and research programs.
It has become a premier infectious disease research facility and one of the largest employers in St. Tammany Parish with over three hundred employees and an economic impact estimated at $70.1 million a year.