The NIA Nonhuman Primate (NHP) Core Facility maintains a large colony of aging rhesus macaques at the National Institutes of Health Animal Center. The Core program was established in 2012 to support the experimental goals of intramural investigators and extramural collaborators. For over 30 years the NIA IRP has been conducting a longitudinal study of calorie restriction in rhesus monkeys. As a result, we have extensive experience collecting a wide range of nonhuman primate physiological and behavioral data. Rhesus monkeys have an average lifespan of 27 years in captivity and can live to be 40 years of age. We have 100+ male and female rhesus monkeys from 3-30 years old available for short-term intervention studies and experiments to evaluate putative biomarkers of aging. We also have an extensive tissue bank readily available for requests.

Established Technologies

  • Imaging Services
    • Ultrasound, echocardiogram (2D & 3D imaging), Doppler, EKG, Digital Radiography, Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)
  • Piccolo Xpress Chemistry
  • Nutritional Data Collection
  • Glucose Tolerance Testing
  • Pharmacodynamics/Pharmacokinetics
    • Intervention Studies (e.g., Dietary, Drug, Exercise)
    • Identifying Novel Models of Human Disease
    • Proof of Concept

Note: We are not limited to these types of studies and welcome opportunities to grow our program.


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  • Stonebarger GA, et al. Amyloidosis increase is not attenuated by long-term calorie restriction or related to neuron density in the prefrontal cortex of extremely aged rhesus macaques. Geroscience. 2020 Dec; 42:1733-1749. doi: 10.1007/s11357-020-00259-0..
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Contact Information
Julie Mattison
Facility Head
31 Center Drive
Poolesville, MD 20837