Abstract # 775 Event # 155:

Scheduled for Friday, June 11, 2004 09:30 AM-11:30 AM: Session 16 (Class of 24 Reception Room) Roundtable

Understanding and Managing Self-injurious Behavior in Nonhuman Primates

M. Bloomsmith1,2, K. Baker3 and M. Novak4
1Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, 954 Gatewood Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA, 2Center for Conservation and Behavior, Georgia Tech, 3Tulane National Primate Research Center, 4University of Massachusetts
     The purpose of this roundtable discussion is threefold. First, speakers will describe existing research findings relevant to understanding self-injurious behavior in captive nonhuman primates. This discussion will include definitions of self-injurious behavior (SIB), factors believed to elicit SIB, its physiological basis and prevalence, and some cross-species comparisons. Second, literature will be reviewed and recent findings described that address the management of SIB. Speakers will evaluate the effectiveness of various treatment options including social housing, enrichment procedures, drug therapies, and positive reinforcement training. Speakers will address the topic of how SIB may impact biomedical research, and issues concerning the management of SIB in a biomedical setting. Third, a discussion will be directed to clarify the types of research that are currently on-going on this topic, and to identify future directions for research that might be productive. The session will combine reviews of existing literature, descriptions of very recent research findings, with ample time set aside for discussion and exchange by participants and audience members. Participants in the roundtable are: Mollie Bloomsmith, Kate Baker, Melinda Novak, Erin Ribka, Carolyn M. Crockett, Linda Brent, Stefan Tiefenbacher, Corrine Lutz, Caroline Griffis, Kimberly Neu, Sabrina Bourgeois, Lorraine Tarou, and Heather Harris.