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
The section for Infection Research studies immunodeficiency viruses, respiratory viruses, and emerging viruses as well as bacteria and parasites.
The section for Neuroscience investigates the central nervous principles of cognitive performance as well as the visual reception.
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.
Service and Infrastructure
The German Primate Center provides Research Platforms that can be used by external scientists cooperating with the DPZ.
The DPZ runs research stations in Peru, Senegal, Madagascar and Thailand.
The Primate Husbandry is an integral part of the central infrastructure of the DPZ. Currently, we house about 1300 individuals of seven species.
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.
The Pathology Unit is an independent service unit of the German Primate Center. The service mainly includes diagnostic necropsies and necropsies within the scope of scientific projects.