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Unit of Collaborative Research

The Tulane National Primate Research Center serves as a regional and national resource and center of excellence for biomedical research using nonhuman primate models. The following material is focused on assisting investigators interested in conducting biomedical research at the TNPRC. 

The Unit of Collaborative Research (UCR) was formed to meet the needs of the research community interested in performing research using nonhuman primates at the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The unit is staffed by personnel with expertise in veterinary medicine, research study design, budgeting, database management, IACUC issues, sample acquisition, processing, performing laboratory base assays and shipping.

Requesting Assistance

Contact the UCR administration office directly.
Once your contact information and the nature of your request are determined, Unit of Collaborative Research personnel will direct the next appropriate steps to be taken.

Research Resources 

The Unit of Collaborative Research makes every effort to comply with collaborator requests. For example, animal blood and tissue samples are often available through the services of the Division of Comparative Pathology. UCR personnel can and will facilitate appropriate contact with other Center divisions and core labs in order to assist with a collaborative request.

Although the TNPRC houses six species of nonhuman primates, the primary species available for collaborative projects are macaques.

  • Macaca mulatta (rhesus of both Indian and Chinese origin)
  • Macaca nemestrina (pigtail monkeys)
  • Macaca fascicularis (cynos/cynomolgus monkeys)

Costs – Samples

Animal cost depends on specific requirements. Points to be considered are:

  • Species availability
  • Sex and age of the animal
  • Research needs
  • Typical costs
  • Sample collection – materials used
  • Shipments of samples – materials used and technician time
  • Administrative costs – for lengthy or involved projects
  • Animal costs
  • Veterinary and technical assistance
  • Pathology services
  • Immunology services

Request Resolution

A simple request for blood samples could be completed within one week. A request requiring an approved IACUC protocol, significant animal numbers, and budget and study design assistance may take several months to initialize the study and up to several years to complete.