Primate Center Services

Scientific Protocol Implementation (formerly CPI)

Scientific Protocol Implementation (SPI) provides technical support, NHP tissues, and NHP research management to all researchers whether within the University of Wisconsin, nationally, or internationally. Project priority is based on how potential projects fit with the WNPRC Mission, resources, and support of funding. Federal funded projects have the highest priority, however, we are able to support projects funded from many sources.

All investigators planning projects using the WNPRC animal resources are required to submit a proposal to the WNPRC Executive Committee (download the proposal form). Please submit the completed form along with a research summary abstract and biosketch to Dr. Schultz-Darken. SPI also integrates responsibilities and personnel from other Animal Services units and Research Services in order to accomplish project goals. SPI will organize, manage and perform the animal portion of approved research programs as well as provide technical support and tissue/blood samples.

Contact Information

  • Phone: (608) 263-3563

Services Supported

  • Provide high quality assistance in the animal portion of research protocols
  • Access to NHP colony for non-WNPRC investigators
  • Provide link to Executive Committee approval of proposed research
  • Coordination with other WNPRC Service Units for project support
  • Screening procedures for potential animals
  • Technical and veterinary support on research procedures
  • Project progress and final reports
  • Live NHP blood/tissue samples through core
  • Development of new techniques as needed by projects

Please refer to our brochure for more details.

Key Personnel

Nancy Schultz-Darken, PhD Assistant Scientist - Unit Head (608) 263-3563
Kevin Brunner, DVM Research Veterinarian - Unit Head (608) 265-9069
Michele Schotzko, BS Sr. Research Specialist
Eric Peterson, BS Sr. Research Specialist
Wendy Newton, BS Sr. Research Specialist
Carissa Boettcher, BS Research Specialist
Kristin Crosno, BS Research Specialist
Jennifer Post, BS Research Specialist

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What services are available through SPI?
    SPI is able to provide complete support for nonhuman primate projects by utilizing the newest techniques. This is done with coordination between the many service units and animal support that are provided within a National Primate Research Center. Investigators may choose to have SPI manage the entire project or request any specialized support that is needed. SPI can also provide nonhuman primate blood and tissue specimens in vivo or coordinate with Pathology Services for post-mortem tissue. We are particularly important to outside investigators who would not otherwise have access to non-human primates. We strongly encourage those needing to do basic primate studies as part of their clinical and translational research programs to contact us.
  • Why utilize SPI for research project support?
    SPI specifically supports the animal portion of research projects, assuring that personnel performing animal procedures are directly overseen and reviewed by a research veterinarian. SPI employs highly trained research specialists to maximize research output, safety and compliance, while minimizing IACUC and USDA animal welfare concerns for complex procedures. These highly skilled personnel are also cross-trained on all projects and procedures to decrease routine complications due to vacation, sick leave and turnover of staff.
  • Who oversees the technical procedures?
    All technical procedures are reviewed and overseen by the Research Veterinarian and SPI staff.
  • What specializations do SPI personnel have?
    Specific skills and procedures for support of research are mainly within research areas related to the major WNPRC scientific programs (Global Infectious Disease, Regenerative and Reproductive Medicine, Energy Metabolism and Chronic Disease, and Neuroscience), as well as in other general biomedical programs.
  • Who do I contact about utilizing SPI and WNPRC resources?
    Contact Nancy Schultz-Darken (link above) with any questions.

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Entry created: 2004-10-04
Entry last reviewed: 2013-11-27