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2017 Election Positions

Vice President
This position requires a four-year (2018-2021) commitment to serve through Past President and requires provision of leadership and vision for APV, attendance at workshops, planning and attending BOD meetings at workshops, planning and participation in monthly and other teleconferences, planning of the 2019 workshop, and active service on standing committees, as required. The Vice President will be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

Trustees (two positions available)
This position requires a two-year (2018-2019) commitment, and requires attendance at BOD meetings at the workshop, participation in bimonthly teleconferences, and active service on standing committees, as assigned. Each trustee will be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

Treasurer
This position requires a minimum of four-year (2018-2021) commitment. The Treasurer position requires attendance at workshops, planning and attending BOD meetings at workshops, and planning and participation in monthly and other teleconferences. The Treasurer will be responsible for overseeing the financial matters of the organization with support from the AALAS management team. The Treasurer will be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

Newsletter Editor
This position requires a minimum of a two-year (2018-2019) commitment. Tasks include attendance at BOD meetings at workshops, planning and participation in bimonthly teleconferences, active service on standing committee, and management of APVs newsletter with support from the AALAS management team. The Newsletter Editor will be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

All nominations are due April 1. Nominees will be announced May 1 and electronic elections will take place in June. The candidate application form is available here. For questions, contact LaVonne Meunier, APV Nominations Chair.

Sex as a Biological Variable in Research with NHPs

The 40th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists will be held in Washington, D.C. August 25-28, 2017 at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge base regarding nonhuman primates (NHPs) is highly encouraged to attend!

The goals of the American Society of Primatologists (ASP) are to promote and encourage the discovery and exchange of information regarding primates. The membership of ASP is diverse and includes a wide range of conservation biologists, behavioral scientists, university professors, basic laboratory researchers, animal care professionals, veterinarians and veterinary technicians. ASP members work with NHPs in the field, in laboratories, universities, zoological gardens, and sanctuaries. Through this varied membership, the ASP annual meetings provide a unique mixture of presentations on many topics such as conservation, cognition, ecology, social behavior, welfare, health, and genetics. Anyone engaged in the scientific study of NHPs or who is interested in supporting these goals, may apply for membership. The breadth of membership and content of the ASP annual meetings is a great strength and we are hopeful that you will consider joining us this year in Washington D.C.

Previous interactions and collaborations among attendees of the ASP annual conferences have provided NHP health care professionals with information related to the species-specific behaviors of NHPs and have helped shape contemporary husbandry practices for captive primates.  Likewise, the field-scientist and behavioral specialists at these conferences have benefitted from information provided by health care professionals with regard to clinical care, sedation, and common disease manifestations related to their species-of-interests.

For veterinarians and veterinary technicians, it is also worth noting that the ASP is currently undergoing the process of getting continuing education (CE) credits approved for this meeting. The specific number of CE hours to be approved for this meeting will be determined within the next few months and will be posted on the ASP website once we have the 2017 CE certification process finalized. 

Monkey White Paper

The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced today the release of the white paper, The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research. The white paper is a collaboration between FBR and eight premier scientific groups: the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Transplant Foundation, the Endocrine Society, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the Society for Neuroscience.

The white paper highlights the essential role NHPs historically have and continue to play in finding treatments for serious and life-altering conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Zika virus, HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s disease. To learn more about how research with NHPs is contributing to lifesaving cures for people, please download the white paper, The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research or visit fbresearch.org.

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