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Center for AIDS Research: Nonhuman Primate Core Pilot Program
October 30, 2007, Volume 54, No. 10

To facilitate opportunities for Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) investigators to utilize the nonhuman primate model of AIDS, our recently funded Nonhuman Primate (NHP) Core includes animals and animal support for Penn CFAR developmental studies. The goal of this program is to allow an investigator to accumulate sufficient data and expertise to apply for an independent NIH grant. 

Funds are available for the procurement and care of 8, and up to 12 animals a year, including appropriate animal laboratory studies (collection of body fluids, biopsies, surgeries, necropsies and basic or SIV-specific laboratory studies). This will permit funding for one or two projects each year, depending on the number of animals requested and the length of the project. Laboratory studies performed at Penn will be the responsibility of the investigator, and no funds are available for salary support.

All Penn CFAR investigators are eligible for these pilot funds.  If interested, you are encouraged to contact one of the investigators from the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) [listed below] to discuss possible studies, study design, etc. prior to submitting an application.

For more information or to download application forms and instructions, please visit www.uphs.upenn.edu/aids/cores/nhp/pilots.htm. The Penn CFAR contact person is Evelyn Olivieri and she may be reached at oliviere@mail.med.upenn.edu. No budget page is required as the award is for procurement and use of animals at TNPRC.

Submission Deadline:  November 26, 2007.

–Andrew A. Lackner, alackner@tpc.tulane.edu
–Preston Marx, pmarxj@tulane.edu

–Ron Veazey, rveazey@tulane.edu


Almanac - October 30, 2007, Volume 54, No. 10