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In total there are 168 English news articles.

3 April 2014
Protection of great apes: research on respiratory viruses

Protection of great apes: research on respiratory viruses


Viruses can skip from monkeys to humans. The reverse situation can also occur. For health benefit of man and ape, it is important to investigate these potentially dangerous viruses.

5 March 2014
Workshop “Alternative methods for the use of non-human primates in biomedical research” at the BPRC

Workshop “Alternative methods for the use of non-human primates in biomedical research” at the BPRC


Because of their close resemblance to humans, non-human primates (NHP) are used to study particular aspects of human biology and disease. That resemblance also poses an important dilemma in biomedical research. Like humans, non-human primates are complex social species and their welfare, housing and care taking is demanding for specialized expertise and facilities. Both society and biomedical researchers wish to reduce the numbers of animals needed for experimental purposes to an absolute minimum, with a maximum effort to ensure animal welfare and good science. Important guidelines for that quest are the three R’s of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.

10 February 2014
A culture model that enables research on the awakening of dormant malaria parasites

A culture model that enables research on the awakening of dormant malaria parasites


The malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, worldwide one of the most common causes of malaria in humans, can hide in the liver for years and, following an unknown trigger, cause disease. These dormant forms, called hypnozoites, are difficult to eliminate. Due to the inaccessibility of this stage of the parasite life cycle, very little is known about the biology of hypnozoites. As a result, drug targets for new treatment regimes that eliminate these stages are lacking. Therefore, the development of a culture system that enables research on the awakening of hypnozoites is very welcome.

5 February 2014
Successful workshop on animal welfare, training and enrichment

Successful workshop on animal welfare, training and enrichment


At the end of 2013, around 30 participants from all over Europe gathered for a workshop on Primate Welfare and Enrichment at the BPRC. This workshop was co-hosted by the EU programme EUPRIM-Net and by AnimalConcepts and focused on improving animal welfare through training and enrichment.

4 February 2014
First tests in humans of a BPRC developed anti-malaria vaccine candidate

First tests in humans of a BPRC developed anti-malaria vaccine candidate


To date, there is no vaccine available against malaria. Therefore, research efforts are directed towards finding a weak spot of the parasite that could be developed into a new vaccine candidate. BPRC researchers were closely involved in the identification, characterization and production of AMA-1, a protein that is essential for the parasite. Years of research have now resulted in the first tests of an optimized version of the molecule in humans.

23 January 2014
Monkey hang out behaviour on the rock

Monkey hang out behaviour on the rock


What can we learn from monkey behaviour? Can monkey behaviour explain something about our own social behaviour? Do monkeys have the capacity to think? Prof. Dr. Liesbeth Sterck hopes to find answers to these questions. On Wednesday January 22 2014, she held her inaugural speech ‘Chillen op de apenrots’.

15 January 2014
A new method for testing the activity of drugs against dormant malaria parasites

A new method for testing the activity of drugs against dormant malaria parasites


The malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax ) is one of the most frequent causes of (severe) malaria worldwide. Technically it is very difficult to perform experiments with P. vivax, due to the inaccessibility of some of its developmental forms. A culture system with monkey malaria parasites and monkey cells offers the opportunity to overcome these issues.

19 December 2013
Ronald Bontrop Van Loghem Laureate 2013

Ronald Bontrop Van Loghem Laureate 2013


Ronald Bontrop, director of the BPRC, is the Van Loghem Laureate 2013 and presented the prestigious Van Loghem lecture at the annual symposium of the Dutch Society for Immunology (NVvI) in Noordwijkerhout on 18 and 19 December.

11 December 2013
New research towards a universal flu vaccine

New research towards a universal flu vaccine


Each year, the infuenza virus causes severe illness in millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, the virus mutates very rapidly and unpredictable. Therefore, the current flu vaccines do not always provide full protection against flu.

28 November 2013
Target identification of a new, highly active potential anti-malarial drug

Target identification of a new, highly active potential anti-malarial drug


New drugs are urgently needed in the fight against malaria because the parasite is becoming resistant against existing anti-malarials. For the development of new drugs, it is very important to identify its target, because it often reveals a parasitic Achilles heel.  Recently, a previously unknown weak spot has been identified in the malaria parasite.

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