The National Bioresource Project (NBRP) was started in 2002, to collect, develop, and provide essential bioresources for various life science research that benefits public health and human wellbeing, with the grant of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology, Japan. Since then, a variety of bioresources and their additional information have been provided for researchers on worldwide scale.
NBRP “Nihonzaru (Japanese monkeys)” is one of the NBRP Core Facility Upgrading Programs, and has been promoted by National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), in collaboration with Kyoto University Primate Research Institute (KUPRI) since 2003. This is to establish sustainable supply of purpose-bred Japanese macaque monkeys as valuable research model for researchers mainly in the field of neuroscience of research institutes and universities in Japan.
To establish a sustainable system to breed, rear and supply SPF Japanese macaque monkeys for research purpose in Japan, we set four objectives as follows;
1. To establish sustainable breeding-rearing system of Japanese macaque monkeys in captive setting.
2. To distribute purpose-bred monkeys to researchers in Japan.
3. To compile database on Japanese macaque monkeys in terms of anatomy, physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, veterinary, etc.
4. To integrate information from collaborating institutes and promote smooth project operation and public relations.