Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is home to a nationally recognized nonhuman primate center located on the Clarkson Campus, a 200-acre rural environment, along with several other large animal species. Named after influential researcher and original head of Comparative Medicine at Wake Forest, Thomas Clarkson, DVM, the Clarkson Campus includes diverse sets of over 800 nonhuman primates.
The 200 acre Clarkson Campus for Nonhuman Primates
The Clarkson Campus also includes a new, state-of-the-art large-animal surgical facility that exceeds federal Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations for nonclinical animal studies.
Many of the nonhuman primates at the Clarkson Campus are housed socially to European Standards, where they are able to interact with each other in a natural-like environment. This benefits the animals and the quality of the scientific studies conducted at the center.
Available nonhuman primate disease models include:
- Heart disease
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Respiratory disease
- Naturally occurring and diet-induced diabetes
- Naturally occurring and diet-induced obesity
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Kidney disease
- Diseases of menopause
- Naturally occurring osteoporosis
- Naturally occurring atherosclerosis
- Vaccination trials
The nonhuman primate center places emphasis on high-quality animal care, careful animal selection and utilization of state-of-the-art technologies such as imaging and molecular diagnostics. The center tracks the entire health history of each animal and has a team dedicated to diet formulation. During research, Wake Forest Baptist researchers often discover medical solutions to problems that affect animal populations as well as humans, which can then be translated into veterinary practice.
Industry-sponsored studies at the nonhuman primate center are conducted and managed by a team with senior scientific and management experience at pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. We use industry-standard procedures to ensure studies meet or surpass project management norms and regulatory compliance requirements. Studies are conducted in facilities that are fully AAALAC accredited and that are in compliance with USDA requirements, including the GLP-compliant large animal surgical facility.
More than 650 studies supported by government, military, industry and foundation funds have been conducted at the nonhuman primate center.