The MRC Centre for Macaques supports a wide range of projects funded by the research councils, charities and the NC3Rs. Many of these are into fundamental studies of brain function, quite a number have clinical applications and we also support studies designed to improve the welfare of our animals. Some of the types of programmes supported include:
What makes us human? Unique brain area linked to higher cognitive powers.
How brain signals control movement
The films feature neuroscientist Dr Andrew Jackson, who uses macaques to study how brain signals control movement. He aims to help paralysed people control external devices, such as robotic arms or wheelchairs, with their thoughts.
Parkinson’s disease and movement (p24)
Brain and spinal cord control of movement
MRC Centre for Macaques is involved with a number of projects to identify ways to improve animal well-being:
Monitoring primate welfare
Laboratory macaques: when to wean?
NC3Rs-funded projects involving the Centre for Macaques:
Professor Melissa Bateson, Newcastle University Assessing cumulative severity in macaques used in neuroscience research http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/assessing-cumulative-severity-macaques-used-neuroscience-research
Dr Emily Bethell, Liverpool John Moores University Attention bias: A novel method to assess psychological well-being in group-housed non-human primates http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/attention-bias-novel-method-assess-psychological-well-being-group-housed-non-human-primates
Dr Andrew Jackson, Newcastle University: A fully automated system for positive reinforcement training of group-housed non-human primates http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/fully-automated-system-positive-reinforcement-training-group-housed-non-human-primates
Dr Sarah-Jane Vick, University of Stirling Quantifying the behavioural and facial correlates of pain in laboratory macaques http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/quantifying-behavioural-and-facial-correlates-pain-laboratory-macaques