Mission and Vision

We want people across generations and around the world to live longer, healthier lives.

Committed to discovering causes, preventions, treatments, and cures.

Our researchers conduct every study with a shared commitment to improve human health. Because of this highly-regulated research, medical breakthroughs happen and lives improve.

Seven Centers. One Network.

Different locations, animal colonies and scientific expertise unified by one vision to improve human health.

Seven Centers. One Network.

Different locations, animal colonies and scientific expertise unified by one vision to improve human health.

Areas of Research

The scope of our research ranges from A to Z. Alzheimer’s, AIDS, Ebola, Parkinson’s, and Zika are just a few of the many health issues we’re fighting every day.

NPRC Timeline

For more than 50 years, the National Primate Research Centers have been studying health issues that affect millions of people worldwide.


On a mission to improve human health, Congress passed legislation creating the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Regional Primate Research Centers program to provide scientists with specialized resources to conduct research with nonhuman primates.


The centers focused on building a sustainable supply of nonhuman primates to support health-related research, which included behavioral biology, reproductive biology and respiratory diseases.


These regional centers continued to demonstrate the value of nonhuman primate research through their work that ranged from fighting AIDS to developing in vitro fertilization.


Increasing prevalence of diseases, emerging health concerns and aging populations led to new areas of study all while the centers expanded their infectious disease research and began using pluripotent stem cells, a research tool NPRC researchers pioneered that is helping make people healthier.


The NIH designated the centers as National Primate Research Centers in recognition of their impact on research programs throughout America and the world. Research successes during this time included developing a vaccine that prevents AIDS in monkeys and exposing the effects of nicotine on pregnancy.

2010s & Beyond

International health crises, such as Zika virus, the prevalence of other infectious diseases as well as a growing public interest in aging-related diseases, mental health and neurodegenerative diseases continue to motivate the NPRC researchers in their searches for causes, preventions, treatments and cures.

Tomorrow’s Problem-Solvers

As the NPRCs search for causes, preventions, treatments and cures, we also help educate the critical thinkers of tomorrow. The NPRCs serve as a training ground for future researchers, and we support science educators in the classroom.
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