New web portal assists researchers working with nonhuman primates

Madison, Wisconsin, February 16, 2011 – The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) announced the release of Primate Portal, a new website that provides information for biomedical researchers who work, or plan to work, with the nonhuman primate as a human disease model.

When a researcher is preparing to move to nonhuman primates from a smaller animal model, he or she can find it challenging to identify appropriate funding resources, collaborators, animal colonies and testing facilities. The Primate Portal website contains detailed information about programs and facilities funded by the National Institutes of Health, including the eight National Primate Resesarch Centers, to aid researchers in finding the resources they need.

The Primate Portal may be customized by the user to provide current information regarding funding opportunities, research articles, meetings and news stories in a specific research area. The Primate Portal also contains hundreds of links to other organizations engaged in biomedical research, categorized by disease model, described with abstracts, and searchable through an in-depth assignment of metadata terms.

Researchers interested in primate research are invited to visit the Primate Portal and create a user account at no cost.

For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Kemnitz, WNPRC, kemnitz@primate.wisc.edu, (608) 263-3588 or Ray Hamel, Jacobsen Library, WNPRC, hamel@primate.wisc.edu, (608) 263-3512.