Abstract # 13220 Event # 27:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2018 11:00 AM-11:15 AM: (Chula Vista ) Oral Presentation


RELIEF AND RECOVERY ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED BY THE BETTER RESEARCH, BETTER LIFE FOUNDATION (BRBLF) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CARIBBEAN PRIMATE RECEARCH CENTER (CPRC)

J. L. VANDEBERG1,2, B. Predovich1, M. I. Rodriguez3, C. A. Sariol3 and M. Khan1
1Better Research, Better Life Foundation, Lehigh Acres, FL, USA, 2The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville/Harlingen/Edinburg, TX, USA, 3Caribbean Primate Research Center, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA
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     BRBLF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to the advancement of global preclinical research while focusing on the responsible use of nonhuman primates. Its goal is to optimize the contribution of nonhuman primates to biomedical and behavioral research by fostering innovative collaborations, education, training, and outreach. Immediately after Hurricane Maria, BRBLF and CPRC leadership initiated an emergency plan and began to develop and implement disaster relief and research continuity solutions for Cayo Santiago and the Sabana Seca Field Station. The initial action was to provide satellite phones, which enabled CPRC staff to re-establish stable communication with the mainland and to communicate the immediate needs regarding the stabilization of staff, monkeys, and facilities. BRBLF, with the support of the research community and philanthropic individuals and organizations, facilitated and funded the logistics to ship containers of essentials, including water, food, clothing, mattresses, medicine, solar lights, all-terrain vehicles, floating docks, and a pickup truck. In December, the BRBLF and CPRC leadership met with the University of Puerto Rico’s President and its Chancellor of the Medical Sciences Campus; together they developed and announced a collaborative plan that highlights the building of a new, modern laboratory on Cayo Santiago. The facility is designed to withstand hurricane conditions; completion is expected in mid-2019. BRBLF continues its commitment to raise funds and awareness for the invaluable and irreplaceable CPRC research resources.