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FUCEP – Primate Center Foundation

 

FUCEP, is a non profit organization established in 1991 to provide administrative and financial support to the Primate Center (CEP) established in 1986 in Cali, which developed the Aotus lemurinus griseimembra monkey colony. Over 25 years, this colony has allowed the assessment of the biological potential of > 20 molecular vaccine candidates and some antimalarial compounds in cooperation with national and international groups (Herrera 2002). Furthermore, The Foundation has established infrastructure for animal studies including a rodent vivarium, several Anopheles mosquito insectaries and a serpentarium in Cali and in other regions. FUCEP has also been working with an increasingly global perspective from Cali to the Pacific and Caribbean regions through cooperation with governments, universities and national and international research.

The strategic plan described here aims to strengthen FUCEP’s technical and scientific capacity through the development of strategic research, strengthening the organizational and physical structure, strengthening the facility in technical and scientific staff and consolidating national and international cooperation networks.
FUCEP is the only center in the world that has a stable colony of Aotus lemurinus griseimembra, the species recognized by WHO as the most susceptible to infection with P. vivax and P. falciparum. This has been achieved by strengthening the assisted primate reproductive plans. The Foundation has multiple lines of research besides the evaluation of new molecules with potential for vaccine development in both rodents and primates, it also maintains research in the biology of the anopheles and Plasmodium relationship and snake venom toxin analysis and pharmacological utility. These advances allow FUCEP the technical and scientific capacity to study the complete cycle of malaria (P. vivax and P. falciparum) under laboratory conditions.

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