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Research

Researchers at the German Primate Center (DPZ) study with and about non-human primates in the fields of infectious diseases, neuroscience, and primate biology. For our own research and to support other institutions, we are active in the fields of primate housing and breeding and run four field stations in the tropics.

As a center of excellence and reference for all issues related to primate research and housing we are engaged in numerous national and international networks. We also place great emphasis on the training of young academics and communication about animal models in research.

The Main Research Topics of the German Primate Center

Ein Labor der Abteilung Infektionsbiologie. Foto: Thomas Steuer

Infection Research

The section for Infection Research studies immunodeficiency viruses, respiratory viruses, and emerging viruses as well as bacteria and parasites.

Infection Research

Ein Bild aus dem Labor der Kognitiven Neurowissenschaften. Foto: Thomas Steuer

Neuroscience

The section for Neuroscience investigates the central nervous principles of cognitive performance as well as the visual reception.

Neuroscience

Ein Bild aus der Abteilung Verhaltensökologie und Soziobiologie. Foto: Thomas Steuer

Organismic Primate Biology

The section for Organismic Primate Biology studies the evolutionary origins of social and mating systems, the reproductive mechanisms, the communication, and the ecology of primates.

Organismic Primate Biology

Infrastructure at the DPZ

Huts in the fieldstation Simenti (Centre de Recherche de Primatologie Simenti) in Senegal. Image: Peter Maciej.

Research Stations

The DPZ runs research stations in Peru, Senegal, Madagascar and Thailand.

Visit the research stations

Kattas in der Primatenhaltung am DPZ

Primate Husbandry

The Primate Husbandry is an integral part of the central infrastructure of the DPZ. Currently, we house about 1300 individuals of seven species.

Primate Husbandry

Das Hormonlabor. Foto: Thomas Steuer.

Endocrinology Laboratory

The Endocrinology Laboratory is a central service unit of the German Primate Center. It supports our own research and offers a service in endocrine analysis for the science community and zoos in Germany and globally.

Endocrinology Laboratory

Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue Director +49 551 3851-116 +49 551 3851-452 Contact