Question about BPRC
What is the BPRC?
BPRC (Biomedical Primate Research Centre) is a non-profit making Foundation that is the largest non-human primate research centre in Europe. It is a scientific facility that carries out research into diseases that threaten human health.
Why do we need primate centres?
Unfortunately, medical research still requires the use of animals. For some of this research monkeys are the only suitable subjects. In countries such as the Netherlands there are laws(link) and procedures in place to ensure that monkeys can only be used in experiments when there are no alternatives. Specialised, state of the art, primate centres allow such research to be combined with the best standards of animal welfare. In addition, careful long term planning for breeding and minimising the use of monkeys becomes possible in such centres, an important factor with animals that have long reproductive cycles.
How is BPRC financed?
To help ensure sufficient resources are available for animal welfare the BPRC receives annual support directly from the Dutch government. Other support comes through financing of research by international governmental and non-governmental health agencies and charitable foundations.
How is BPRC organised?
One specialised department, the Animal Science Department is responsible for the care, health and all the handling of the animals.
The research departments at BPRC undertake biomedical and pre-clinical research (research that is necessary before promising new medicines can safely be tested in humans) in areas such as parasitology, virology, auto-immune diseases, genetics, ethology and alternatives.