Southwest National Primate Research Center
Our Mission: To improve the health of our global community through innovative biomedical research with nonhuman primates.
In 1999, the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) became the first new NCRR-funded National Primate Research Center (NPRC) in over 35 years. The SNPRC brings a number of unique strengths to the NPRC program, stemming from a long, productive history of nonhuman primate research at its host institution, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed). These unique strengths include the world’s largest captive baboon population, the world’s largest and best-characterized pedigreed primate population, the world’s largest group of geneticists committed to research with and management of captive nonhuman primates, one of the largest nonhuman primate censuses of any NPRC, the largest chimpanzee census of any NRPC, the capacity for nonhuman primate studies in Biocontainment Level 4, and a veterinary technical staff experienced in the management and use of nonhuman primates ranging from chimpanzees to marmosets.
We provide broad services in primate research to the southwestern region of the country, and serve the entire country with specialized technologies, capabilities, and primate resources, many of which are unique to the SNPRC. We provide services and conduct technical procedures requested by outside investigators participating in collaborative projects.
Baboons, SPF Indian-origin rhesus macaques, and marmosets are often available from our breeding colonies to sell to outside investigators who want to conduct research with them at the SNPRC. Most of the rhesus macaques are produced under support of an NIH grant aimed at providing these animals for AIDS-related research, although other research uses of this species also are possible. Baboons are generally available for sale and removal to other research facilities, and rhesus macaques and marmosets are occasionally available for sale. Click here to submit a request.
The Veterinary Resources branch of the SNPRC includes nine veterinarians: the Associate Director, the Assistant Director, five clinical veterinarians, and two veterinary pathologists.
The Research Resources Office fulfills a number of functional responsibilities for the Primate Center.
This group has an extensive portfolio in research on AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, emerging viral and microbial diseases and biodefense threats, vaccine development, and immunology.
The SNPRC serves as a national resource for research on a wide range of chronic diseases.
Research at SNPRC that has a focus on development and/or aging processes continues to grow.
Investigation of the genetic basis of human diseases has been a major focus of effort at the Southwest National Primate Research Center since its inception in 1999.
SNPRC is one of eight primate research centers sponsored by the National Center for Research Resources, of the National Institutes of Health.
SNRPC has a Behavioral Services group that consists of six full-time staff members who see to the enrichment and behavioral needs of the primates at the SNPRC.
SNPRC maintains and distributes a broad range of biological material, including but not limited to, blood (fresh and frozen), tissues (fresh and frozen), and extracted DNA.
As part of our efforts to further expand the utility of our baboon resource we are actively pursuing a metabolic profiling initiative to track changes in a variety of important physiological and metabolic parameters in a cohort of animals throughout their adult life.
Summaries of results of genetics and genomics research with SNPRC non-human primate resources and links to related web sites at other institutions:
The Immunology Core Laboratory (ICL) of the SNPRC base grant is a Research Service component within Research Resources.
The Request to Use Primate Resources acts as a gateway for utilization of the SNPRC in research projects for all external researchers.
Answers to common questions about services available, training opportunities, initiating research, and requesting tissues can be found here.