Abstract # 5992 Event # 88:

Scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Session 14 (Mary Gay) Symposium


CHRONIC HORMONES AND DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES: CENTER-WIDE STUDIES ON NON-HUMAN PRIMATE WELL-BEING

A. M. Dettmer1 and M. A. Novak2
1Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Poolesville, MD 20837, USA, 2Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, 01003, USA
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     Primate centers are increasingly focusing their efforts on enhancing outcomes reflecting well-being in their animals, including minimizing hair loss, self-injurious and anxious behavior, and poor reproductive outcomes. To this end, the identification of risk factors related to these indices of welfare are critical for the design and implementation of protocols geared toward improving non-human primate well-being. This symposium will highlight recent research from several primate centers and laboratories across the country (including the California, Oregon, Southwest, and Washington National Primate Centers, as well as primate labs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Institutes of Health) that, in pilot studies, have identified demographic variables (e.g., facility, genetic, age, sex, and veterinary effects) and chronic hormone profiles (e.g., cortisol) associated with anxious and self-injurious behavior, alopecia, and reproduction. Speakers will discuss their findings with respect to the potential for maximizing non-human primate well-being through the development of effective interventions and protocols.