Yerkes National Primate Research Center
The Yerkes National Primate Research Center located in Atlanta, Georgia, is owned by Emory University, is a center of biomedical and behavioral research, is dedicated to improving human and animal health, and is the oldest of seven national primate facilities partially funded by the National Institutes of Health. It is known for its nationally and internationally recognized biomedical and behavioral studies with nonhuman primates by Emory University.
Its 25-acre (10 ha) Main Station contains most of the center's biomedical research laboratories. The center also includes the Living Links Center and the 117-acre (47 ha) Yerkes Field Station near Lawrenceville, Georgia.
The Field Station is a part of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, houses 3,400 animals, specializes in behavioral studies of primate social groups, and is located 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Atlanta on 117 acres (47 ha) of wooded land.
The Living Links Center is a part of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and is run by primatologist Frans De Waal. Located at the Yerkes Main Station on the Emory campus, work is also carried out at the Field Station.
Multidisciplinary medical research at the Yerkes research center is primarily aimed at development of medical treatments and vaccines. Research programs include cognitive development and decline, childhood visual defects, organ transplantation, the behavioral effects of hormone replacement therapy and social behaviors of primates. Yerkes researchers also are leading programs to better understand the aging process, pioneer organ transplant procedures and provide safer drugs to organ transplant recipients, determine the behavioral effects of hormone replacement therapy, prevent early onset vision disorders and shed light on human behavioral evolution. Researchers have had success creating transgenic rhesus macaque monkeys with Huntington's disease and hope to breed a second generation of macaques with the genetic disorder.
Yerkes has long been the target of protest for its treatment of animals. This was especially true after the release of Frederick Wiseman's 1974 film Primate, which was shot at Yerkes and depicted primates undergoing surgical procedures, as well as a transcardial perfusion and brain extraction.
Yerkes Center research assistant Elizabeth Griffin became the first work-related death in the center's history on December 10, 1997, due to herpes B virus. Griffin apparently became infected after a fluid exposure to the eye which occurred while helping to move a caged rhesus macaque at the Yerkes Field Station. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ultimately fined the center $105,300 in 1998 after a 19-week investigation. The event led to reforms in safety protocols for handling research primates.
(Founder of Yerkes Center; PhD Harvard;
known for work in comparative psychology)
(PhD Johns Hopkins University in genetics;
psychologist and behaviorist;
remembered for his contributions to the study of learning and memory)
|Henry Wieghorst Nissen
(Professor of Psychobiology at Yale & Emory;
leading authority on the biology and psychology of primates)
|Arthur J. Riopelle
(doctorate in experimental psychology, primatologist)
|Geoffrey H. Bourne
(University of Oxford DSc and PhD;
histochemistry and cell biology, primatology)
|Frederick (Fred) A. King
(main focus was the interaction between cognitive and limbic functions)
|Thomas R. Insel
(now director of National Institute of Mental Health)
|Thomas P Gordon
(became Head, Neuroscience Center)
(one of the nation’s leading neuroscientists)
|R. Paul Johnson, M.D.
(former chairman of Division of Immunology and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School;
Board Certified in Internal Medicine with a Certification in Infectious Diseases;
research interests include identification of immune responses)
- California National Primate Research Center
- Oregon National Primate Research Center
- The Mind of an Ape
- Herpes B Virus
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