The Caribbean Primate Research Center

The Caribbean Primate Research Center (CPRC) is a research, training and education unit of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Medical Sciences Campus. The CPRC is supported by The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) through Grant Number 2 P40 OD012217, and the UPR.

For many years the CPRC has supplied the scientific community with Indian-origin rhesus macaques with known backgrounds, and of the same genetic pool, for use in studies of behavior, ecology, demography, psychology, genetics, and numerous diseases that afflict humans. The CPRC’s vast experience in the establishment and maintenance of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) breeding colonies has made it eminent in multidisciplinary, collaborative studies.

The animal care program of the CPRC is in full compliance with the directives established by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). It is also monitored by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of the UPR-MSC and the Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) of the USDA. The CPRC is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).