Obesity, Diabetes & Aging

The USF Center for Preclinical Research
& the Obesity, Diabetes & Aging Non Human Primate Resource of the National Institute on Aging

The Center offers unique opportunities for studies in rhesus monkeys, and serves academic collaborators, research institutions, industry and businesses in the Tampa Bay area, and the statewide, national, and international communities.

  • A center committed to translating research discoveries & new treatments into clinical practice
  • Bringing better health to both human and non human primates!
  • “THE ULTIMATE TRANSLATOR”: The Non Human Primate


From basic to applied research, this Center seeks to speed the development of new treatments, new pharmaceuticals, new devices, and new methods to improve the health and lives of those with diseases of aging and to enhance healthy aging through ethical research with monkeys leading to improved the health for both humans and monkeys. This USF center focuses on efficacy to determine whether a new discovery is likely to work effectively and safely in humans, and is not designed to determine the toxicology of a new agent or method.

This USF center often seeks to determine causes as well as mechanisms of action, identifying new pathways and new targets to improve health. Non human primates naturally and spontaneously develop many of the same diseases that develop in humans, and do so faster, even under healthy environmentally enriched conditions of optimal care. This Center holds the world’s record for the oldest known monkey, has studied more naturally diabetic monkeys than any laboratory in the world, and has contributed for over 30 years equally to both basic and applied research. The Center’s success is a testimony to the exquisitely healthful care received by our monkeys under the efforts of dedicated staff who assure the health and welfare of our monkeys. This Center seeks cures for obesity, and diabetes as well as for all diseases of aging, and develops preventive measures for bringing health benefits to both humans and non human primates.

Our Goal:

Preserving and promoting the optimal health and welfare for our monkeys while seeking new knowledge and methods to help both monkeys and patients to live longer and healthier lives through improvements brought about by biomedical research.