From Directors Corner

From Directors Corner

IPR Participation inthe National Research and Development Agenda: As a public institution, NMK-IPR is expected to play its rightful role of knowledge creation through research, and translation of research results into products and policies. As the second largest biomedical facility in the country (after KEMRI), and the only preclinical testing facility that has access to small and large animal models of human diseases in the country and region, we are uniquely suited to influence current and future medical practice, or the management and conservation of non-human primates, by generating research data that contributes to evidence-based policies and practice. So how is IPR contributing to the national research agenda in the country? We are represented and participate in many forums within and...

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IPR named an ANDI centre of Excellence


The Institute of Primate Research has been recognized by the African Network of Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) as a Centre of Excellence in Preclinical Research for its work in health innovation. This new status was conferred on IPR at the 4th ANDI Stakeholders and Donors Conference held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on October 24 - 27th 2011.

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Directors Corner

Should we err on the Side of Humansor Monkeys? Most of you will be aware of the perennial debate regarding the use of nonhuman primates in biomedical research.Thus although the number of monkeys used worldwide in medical research issmall (less than 1% of all animals used in research), their use generates polarized emotive views from both opponents and proponents.

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The Non- Communicable Diseases Department

A new Department of Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) was created early this year, 2009,after management and NMK Board approval. This department joins four existing ones at Institute ofPrimate Research. NCD is headed by Dr. Mbaruk Suleman, formerly head of Ecology and Conservation Department. Dr. Mbaruk has always had a keen interest in stress related studies and diabetes. Some of his insightful publications are summarized in his PhD thesis ‘Studies on stress in African Green Monkeys’ from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are oftencalled ‘diseases of affluence’. They include cancer,heart disease, stroke, and diabetes and lung disease

- all frequently linked in popular perception to a wealthier ‘Western’ lifestyle. But are NCDs restricted to the rich? The global trend of non-communicable diseases and current data from varied sources suggests that developing countries are bearing the brunt of rapid increase in prevalence of syndromes over and above infectious diseases.

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