The Caribbean Primate Research Center is a research, training, and education unit of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Medical Sciences Campus funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the UPR.
Researches at the Caribbean Primate Research Center have led to groundbreaking discoveries in behavior; genetics; demography; comparative diseases of aging; socioendocrinology, sociobiology, and neurobiology; cognition and communicative behavior; virology; reproductive biology and embryology; and osteology. CPRC also supplies the scientific community with Indian-origin rhesus macaques, with known background and from the same genetic pool, for basic science and clinical studies. Its vast experience in the establishment and maintenance of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) breeding colonies has made CPRC eminent in multidisciplinary and 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). Programs of CPRC are 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.