What happens in the brain while we think? How can we stop viruses from spreading? Such are the questions, which the scientists at the DPZ address. Their professional training and their research topics are as diverse as their methods and their results. What they have in common is: They research basic biological and biomedical questions about the functioning of the body and about evolution and behavior by studying non-human primates. Included are also studies and the preservation of primate populations in the wild and the improvement of the conditions of animal keeping.
The Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH (DPZ, founded 1977) is an independent research institute providing service for the German science community. It is a member of the Leibniz Association and partly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany and its federal states. Additionally the scientists of the DPZ acquire 25 percent of the averaged budget of 19,43 million Euros per year from research funding organizations like the DFG.
Many cooperations closely link the DPZ to the science city of Göttingen. Some heads of our units and laboratories maintain joint professorships at the University of Göttingen or the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover. Since the DPZ is unique in the whole federal republic and there is only one similar institute in Europe, the center works in a national and European range. The research fields of the DPZ are structured by three sections: Organismic Primate Biology, Neuroscience and Infection Research. If you want to support the work of the DPZ, you can do so by donating to the DPZ's promotion association.