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The EUPRIM-Net Project

Humans and nonhuman primates, both placed to the order “Primates”, are biologically closely related. Their genetic similarity reflects not only in their resemblance in physiognomy and behaviour, but also in their organ system functions or their nervous systems. Understanding the biology of nonhuman primates helps us to understand our own biology. That is why nonhuman primates play an important role in biological and biomedical research. This group of animals, in the following referred to as primates, provides models which are essential for research in genomics and biotechnology for health. The successful development of new strategies against human diseases like infectious (e.g. HIV, hepatitis) and neurological diseases (e.g. Alzheimer´s or Parkinson Disease) or cancer depends on the availability of living animals or biological material with primate origin. This also holds true for the development of new therapeutics (vaccines, gene therapy) and transplantation research.

Breeding of primates and primate research has to be done under high ethical standards and is therefore carried out in appropriately equipped facilities. Now, the EU funded EUPRIM-Net links nine European primate centres in order to combine their wide range of biological and biomedical R&D activities, their extensive knowledge and infrastructure resources, as well as their solid experience in primate housing and breeding. The project covers the central aspects of primate research and is aimed at advancing knowledge and competence in the areas of research, animal keeping and breeding. With this efficient network the already existing knowledge and resources are integrated and enable an improvement of basic and applied biological and biomedical research and of housing and breeding conditions.

The objectives of the project focus on animal welfare, the standardisation of procedures and methods, the enhanced availability of primates and training for those working with primates.

A leaflet about EUPRIM-Net is available for download here (pdf, 3.1 MB).

 
Latest News
31/10/2016 Opening Conference PRIMTRAIN (CA15131).
The German Primate Center in Göttingen will host the first meeting of the new COST Action PRIMTRAIN (CA15131) "Behaviour Management and Training of Laboratory non-human Primates and Large Laboratory Animals (PRIMTRAIN)" on 31st October and 1st November.
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14/11/2016 Laboratory Animal Science Course on Primates.
The content of the course is in accordance with the recent FELASA Guidelines and the Education and Training Framework of the EU Directive 201/63/EU. It covers the functions A (Persons carrying out animal experiments) and B (Persons responsible for directing animal experiments).
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01/05/2016 COST Action primTRAIN starts into first grant period.
After the First MC Meeting in Brussels, the COST Action primTRAIN starts into its first grant period. The COST Action ”primTRAIN" provides a network for personnel working with nonhuman primates and other large laboratory animals to facilitate the competence and skills needed to successfully apply Positive Reinforcement Training and Animal Behaviour Management.
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Access Activities
EUPRIM-Net provides easy access to a variety of primate BioBanks across Europe. Click here for Access...

Network Activities
Virtual Tours and Videos
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EUPRIM-Net offers a DVD describing the principles of Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT)
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03/02/2011 BPRC's Enrichment Manual for Macaques and Marmosets
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EUPRIM-Net offers courses on general primate biology and primate husbandry, nutrition and handling
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The ABM/PRT Seminar Group of Work Package 3 is now offering on-site courses on different key subjects related to primate behaviour management.
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EUPRIM-Net Vet training
Veterinarians and veterinary assistants will be allowed to gain experience in a institute rotation programme
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Virtual Tour through primate keeping facility in research.
The tour leads through ten locations of a primate keeping facility to deliver an appropriate insight in primate breeding and housing for research.
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