Biomedical Primate Research Centre
The Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) is Europe's largest primate research centre. It is a scientific research institute that performs research that contributes to the identification and development of new medicines against deadly diseases. It is located in Rijswijk, (Zuid-Holland) and employs about 110 people.
The BPRC is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Before it became an independent foundation on December 7, 1994, it was part of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research.
The main research areas are Immunobiology, Parasitology, Virology, Ethology and Alternatives for Animal Research. The BPRC houses Rhesus Macaques and Marmosets to be used in biomedical research involving AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, tuberculosis and auto-immune diseases.
In 2002 the Dutch government forbade any further testing on chimpanzees, though it allowed trials already in progress to end.
- "Lab chimps face housing crisis: Experiments on apes end, but problems remain". Associated Press. 19 August 2004.
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