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More than half of the malaria cases outside Africa is caused by the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax. A complication in the treatment is the presence of dormant stages in the liver that after weeks to years can cause a new malaria attack in the blood and thereby disease. There is a single drug available that is only effective after a long treatment regime. This drug has serious side effects in large groups of people. Therefore more research is needed to develop new treatments against these dormant parasite stages.
Five male long-tailed macaques that entered the Netherlands as stowaway on a freighter were placed permantly at the BPRC by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. This Ministry is responsible for animal welfare issues. The BPRC is a scientific institute which offers spacious animal enclosures where animals are socially housed.
The human genetic code can provide valuable insights into the evolution of humans. Comparing the human genetic code to that of apes and monkeys may help to unravel the evolutionary history of man.
On 18 February 2016 Babs Verstrepen successfully defended her thesis "Chronic hepatitis C virus infection in chimpanzees - prevention and consequences."
Although there has been enormous progress in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, worldwide still 35 million people are infected with HIV with ca. 6,000 new infections each day. Therefore, a vaccine is still desperately needed.
BPRC is involved in a new European research project on replacement of animal studies for vaccine batch testing.
The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) is a highly complex system, which plays an important role in the recognition of pathogens. This system exhibits a high degree of variation in order to prevent elimination of an entire population by a single pathogen. A component of the MHC, the MHC class I, plays a central role in responses of the immune system against infections and cancer.
Annually, TB kills about 1.5 million people. Improved diagnostics and tools to monitor treatment effects would significantly enhance effectiveness of TB therapies.
In 1982, it was observed that MPTP, a by-product of the drug MPPP, caused early parkinsonian symptoms in drug users who had used drugs contaminated with MPTP. It is unknown how MPTP causes these symptoms. Nowadays, MPTP is used in research on Parkinson's disease.
The immune system and the physiology of rhesus and cynomolgus monkeys is very similar to that of humans. Therefore, these animals play an important role in research on the safety and efficacy of new influenza vaccines.