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Volume 3, issue 2
Primate Biol., 3, 33–40, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-3-33-2016
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Special issue: 3R issues and immunosuppression in non-human primates

Primate Biol., 3, 33–40, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-3-33-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Forum article 26 Jul 2016

Forum article | 26 Jul 2016

Online resources for improving the care and use of non-human primates in research

Mark J. Prescott Mark J. Prescott
  • National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, UK

Abstract. Published literature and scientific events provide opportunities to expand knowledge and develop skills in the care and use of non-human primates (NHPs) in research. Increasingly, these traditional routes of information exchange are being complemented by dedicated online resources aimed at sharing best practice in NHP care and use, and enhancing the training and professional development of laboratory staff working with NHPs. This article outlines some key online resources from the UK's National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) and other organisations with an interest in NHP research, and the ways in which the resources can be integrated into staff training and research practices to enhance animal welfare, quality of science and application of the 3Rs.

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This article describes the important role of online resources in enabling scientists and others to improve the care and use of non-human primates used in research, through information exchange, staff training and networking. Emphasis is given to key resources from the NC3Rs on macaque and marmoset behaviour, care and welfare; experimental design; chronic implants in neuroscience; and aspects of drug discovery and development. Use of these resources can benefit both animal welfare and science.
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