Abstract # 398 Event # 74:

Scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2002 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: (Room 16/17, Cox Convention Center) Featured Speaker

International Primate Programs: Considerations and Challenges of Working In Habitat Countries

R. Kyes
Univ. of Washington, Washington Reg. Prim. Res. Ctr, Univ. of Washington, Box 357330, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
      Those engaged in collaborative primate programs with habitat countries are well aware of the many benefits afforded by international collaboration, including joint research efforts, educational/training opportunities, conservation initiatives, and acquisition of primate resources. Conducting international programs in habitat countries, however, presents certain challenges that require thoughtful consideration. Geopolitical concerns, compatibility of goals and expectations, logistical challenges, and health risks are but a few of the factors that impact the success of a program. For more than 30 years, the Washington Regional Primate Research Center (WaRPRC) has engaged in international collaboration. Currently the WaRPRC supports two long-standing programs with Indonesia and Russia, and recently established a program with Nepal. The main objectives of the Indonesian and Nepal programs are to establish macaque breeding colonies to ensure the availability of nonhuman primates for biomedical research, facilitate joint research projects, provide educational and training opportunities for students and staff from the collaborating institutions, and assist in the management and conservation of naturally occurring primate populations. Various components of these programs will be discussed to illustrate major points of consideration. It can be argued that the future of primate-related research and the conservation of nonhuman primates depends in part on expanding international collaboration with habitat countries. Supported in part by NIH Grant RR-00166.