Our Mission

The Center for Comparative Medicine Research/Primate Center is a pre-eminent facility for studying the biology of complex disorders in demanding animal models, the results of which translate to disease of major public health relevance. To support its mission, the Center employs a unique combination of research excellence in cancer, diabetes, neurobehavioral biology, cardiovascular disease, sex differences, and radiation countermeasures combined with decades of technical expertise in primate and other large animal biology and medicine, pathology, nutrition, imaging, cognition, experimental surgery, genomics and regulatory compliance (USDA, AAALAC). The Center is consequently ideally situated to meet urgent biomedical needs that are aligned with Institutional strategy, have high Federal funding priorities, and that can also attract commercial sponsorship through Wake Forest Innovations. Tactically, the Center works to consolidate all nonhuman primate and other large animal research at the Clarkson Campus to exploit scientific and technical synergies among investigators in areas of institutional emphasis and regardless of funding source and to facilitate efficient use of infrastructure.


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Center for Comparative Medicine Research
Center Director

Jay Kaplan, PhD

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Associate Director

David Caudell, DVM, PhD

Center for Comparative Medicine Research

Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Winston-Salem, NC 27157

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