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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
25/04/2017 PRIMTRAIN Workshop Train-the-Trainer.
The workshop will be organized on April 25th, 2017, in Leuven, Belgium. The goal of the workshop is to 'train the animal trainer'. Number of candidates will be limited to 15. Deadline for application is 1st April 2017. Applicants will receive final confirmation at 1st April 2017
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26-28/04/2017 PRIMTRAIN Training School.
The training school will be organized on April 26th-April 28th , in Leuven, Belgium. The goal of the training school is to train new animal trainers. Number of candidates will be limited to 15. Deadline for application is 1st April 2017. Applicants will receive final confirmation at 1st April 2017
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19/01/2017 Laboratory Animal Science Course on Primates.
The course includes a four week e-learning period from 6th-31st of March and a five-day on-site course at the German Primate Center in Göttingen from 3rd-7th of April 2017. Course contents are designated to personnel conducting and designing experiments (functions A+B). The course language will be English. The deadline for registration is on 1st of March 2017.

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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