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PR declares Cayo Santiago as Scientific Reserve

Gov. Ricardo Roselló signed Ley 128, “Ley para la Promoción Educativa y Scientifica de Colonia de Monos de Cayo Santiago.” The law, among others, is aimed at protecting the monkeys, researchers, and the general public from the transmission of diseases between humans and monkeys. Common human diseases, such as TB and measles, can potentially wipeout the colony of monkeys if introduced to the island. Herpes B virus, an endemic virus to macaques, is fatal to humans.

NIH approves $7.8M grant for CPRC

UPR-RCM Director Segundo Quilichini announced the NIH grant approval for CPRC. The grant is earmarked for the improvement of the field and laboratory facilities of the Center. According to Dr. Quilichini, the upgrades will contribute to the current researches on the pathogenesis of dengue and Zika viruses and in the development of effective treatments for the HIV/AIDS virus. 



Graduate Student awarded the Louis S. Harris Endowment for Primate Research at the CPRC

We would like to announce that Kristín Ocasio, a graduate student from Central Washington University, was awarded the Louis B. Harris Endowment for Primate Research at the Caribbean Primate Research Center this year.  Her study, titled “Adult male-immature relationships and stress in immature rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)”, aims at investigating the potential effects of male care in the frequency of stress behavior on immature rhesus macaques. Congratulations!


UPR-MSC Summer Educational Seminar June 19th, 2017

For the third consecutive year, the CPRC successfully held the UPR-MSC Summer Educational Seminar for school students "Explorando las Profesiones de la Salud" in which 150 students visited our facilities at Sabana Seca. The main purpose of the activity was to explore different professions related to veterinary medicine. Students rotated through six stations related to Necropsy, Bone Collection and Maceration, Environmental Enrichment, Clinic, and Facility and Housing tour. Thanks to all students and staff!