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Washington National Primate Research Center

Infant Primate Research Laboratory

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The IPRL currently occupies approximately 8,000 square feet of space. The current resources and environment that support around-the-clock animal care and testing facilities for CHDD Research Affiliates.

The IPRL has undergone a complete renovation of infrastructure as well as a newly designed layout and interior finishes. The IPRL program was temporarily re-located to the Western facility and has now reoccupied the new RR-Wing facility at the Health Sciences complex on campus. The project renovated approximately 8,000 square feet of the Washington National Primate Research Center's (WaNPRC) existing facility on the minus one and first floors of the RR-Wing. The project included demolishing the interior of the existing space and constructing a modern lab designed to have a useful life span of at least of 20 years. The improvements included new architectural finishes and building system upgrades to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems necessary to meet current AAALAC requirements. Mechanical systems located in the minus one mechanical room were demolished and replaced with a new isolated system dedicated to this facility. Improvements also included a new installation of an internal two-stop elevator; layout reconfiguration for separation of clean and dirty areas; architectural enhancements addressing cleanable surfaces for the floors, walls, and ceilings; and security improvements such as cctv camera's. A Siemens environmental system was also installed to provide appropriate documentation of temperature, air changes and humidity within the animal holding areas. Surge space for the existing program was prepared at the Western facility and the RR wing facility was vacated in March 2009 when construction began. The WaNPRC took occupancy in July, 2010 and is currently in full operation. Laboratory start up supplies using IM funding was utilized upon IPRL program start up, July, 2010. (Total project costs, $12,750,000)

Facilities on the –1 floor include a nursery equipped with incubators for temperature control for newborns, a treatment room, laundry room, food preparation and remote viewing room, animal housing rooms for single cage and social housing of animals, two mirror- image rooms for observing daily social group interactions of animals up to one year of age, and testing rooms for developmental assessments. Facilities on the 1st floor include a cage washing room, animal rooms for our Seattle Breeding Colony, animal testing rooms, a maternity room equipped with cameras and computers for around the clock WebPage monitoring of the behavior of pregnant females, and the BSL-2/3 laboratory for studies of lentivirus infected macaques. The BSL-2/3 laboratory occupies a suite of 4 rooms. These rooms comprise a housing room, a testing room, a kitchen (for preparation and storage of infant formula, computer access, etc.), and a gowning/ungowning room. Remote viewing of infants in the housing room is available through video monitoring.

Equipment and supplies are available for the following assessments: Modified Newborn APGAR Assessment, Reflexes and Reactivity, Infant Status and Diurnals, Object Retrieval, Object Permanence, Visual Acuity, Visual Recognition Memory Assessment, Oculomotor Assessment, Motor Milestones, Social Behavior, Home Cage Behavior, Weights & Intakes, Temperament, Offspring Medical Treatments, Anthropometrics, WGTA and Computer Learning & Memory, and Tooth Eruption.

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University of Washington • Center on Human Development and Disability Box 357920 • Seattle WA 98195-7920 USA • 206-543-7701 •