Yerkes National Primate Research Center

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Imagine a world without Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. A world where few people have heard of AIDS. Researchers at Yerkes National Primate Research Center not only can imagine this healthier world but also are working every day to find ways to prevent, treat, and cure these and many other illnesses. Yerkes is one of only eight centers designated by the National Institutes of Health as a national primate research resource, which makes it a leader in basic and translational studies, and Yerkes leads the nation in the compassionate care of animals in research environments. Gifts to Yerkes help open new avenues of research, educate and train promising young scientists, and engage the public more fully in the center’s work.

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Director’s Priorities

Yerkes is among the nation’s top primate research centers, a leader in innovation and an advocate for quality care of animals in research environments. Philanthropy is crucial to Yerkes’ ability to open new avenues of research, to educate and train talented scientists, and to engage the public more fully in its work and scientific advancements.

Director Stuart Zola outlines some of Yerkes fund-raising priorities below.

Endowed chairs. Endowments provide the ability to attract well-established research teams, and they support the recruitment of junior positions for tomorrow’s leading scientists. Yerkes seeks endowed chairs in Alzheimer’s disease, genetics, immunology, translational neuroscience, and other areas.

Renovation. Yerkes’ greatest unfunded needs are infrastructure and renovation of facilities at is main center and field station.

Animal colony enhancement. Yerkes’ research is linked with state-of-the-art housing and support for the animals. Funding key improvements is vital to the success of research and discovery.

Service cores. Yerkes is home to several service cores, including a state-of-the-art imaging core. Support of these cores helps make Yerkes an internationally recognized leader in biomedical and behavioral studies with nonhuman primates.

Educational outreach. Part of Yerkes’ research mission is to provide educational opportunities for students. Current programs take researchers into the community and bring high school students and teachers into the center for hands-on experience and curriculum support. Funding is crucial to these outreach activities.

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