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From Molecule to Behavior: Responsible research and science-based service on fundamental issues of biology and medicine in humans and other primates

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 on 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. Many cooperations closely link the DPZ to the Göttingen Campus. 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 Germany and there is only one similar institute in Europe, the center is of supraregional importance.

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.

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

Dr. Katharina Peters Administrative Manager +49 551 3851-114 Contact