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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Infrastructure development: Modern Breeding Cage for vervet monkeys at IPRIn 2010 at a


Helsinki,Finland meeting of primatologists discussing current husbandry practices, an idea was developed and customized leading to the adoption of a new way of accessing research animals at IPR. The ground breaking ceremony for the construction of an animal enclosure took place in April 2011 with planned completion within 4 months.

 

 

However, the visit by the members of the IPR International Advisory Board (IAB) in July 2011 proposed useful and enriching amendments which led to revised costs and timelines.

 

Eventually the brand new facility was handed over to the user (IPR) in March 2012. The two-storeyed facility, built at a cost of $30,000/unit, incorporates a ground concrete floor and an upper deck with timber slats. The two floors are interconnected by a chute and climbing tree stumps for animal enrichment. Measuring 12m long, 6m wide and 4m minimum height the building exceeds the EU space requirements for breeder cages by doubling the floorspace and the height.

 

 

The facility is built with nature in mind,taking into consideration that IPR is located within a natural tropical forest. The aesthetic appeal is that the animals, though confined,will enjoy vast space in a natural environment.Only trees that were likely to cause damage to the proposed structure were removed.Those trees within the structure were trimmed to provide enrichment for climbing between the two floors. The hard concrete base is meant to allow spread of bedding material to stimulate animals to forage for feed.

 

 

A chute connects the two floors to allow training of animals well ahead of weaning and recruitment into experiments. This project has demonstrated local building capacity for lab animal facilities exists.Major lessons were learnt regarding capacity building for the local contractor and architectural firm supervising a developmentproject of otherwise unfamiliar territory within the construction.