Navigation Links
Lincoln Park Zoo scientists awarded National Institutes of Health grant
Date:3/3/2009

Chicago, Ill Lincoln Park Zoo post-doctoral researcher Carson Murray, Ph.D. has received a $900,000 grant over five years from one of the world's foremost medical research centers, the National Institutes of Health. She and her mentors, Elizabeth Lonsdorf, Ph.D. and Rachel Santymire, Ph.D. of Lincoln Park Zoo and Martha McClintock, Ph.D. of the University of Chicago will work to identify stressors of wild female chimpanzees and discover how stress relates to maternal behavior and ultimately to offspring stress, health and development.

Chimpanzees can provide researchers insight into humans because of a shared evolutionary history and similar social patterns. Additionally, both chimpanzee and human mothers provide the majority of infant care throughout a long period of infant development. In most mammals, including humans, the mother-offspring relationship is critical to how well offspring survive and reproduce later in life. The long-term goal of the zoo's research is to better understand how maternal behavior influences infant health and development in humans.

Research is being conducted with wild chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania where renowned primatologist Jane Goodall first began her research in 1960 and Murray lived and worked for two years during her dissertation studies. The zoo's project combines new field data on stress levels with a wealth of long-term behavioral data collected since 1970 by researchers from the Jane Goodall Institute's Gombe Stream Research Centre.

"For nearly 40 years researchers have been following mother chimpanzees and their offspring, recording their interactions. This is a truly amazing dataset of 15,000 hours on 39 different mothers. No other study site has a comparable amount of data on great ape mother-infant interactions," explained Dr. Lonsdorf, director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo. "We will use the behavioral data to determine maternal styles. Additionally, health data has been collected since 2004. These data will allow us to fully investigate the relationship between offspring stress and health."

By combining long-term and new field data on stress hormones, zoo researchers will be able to address fundamental questions about chimpanzees and better understand maternal behavior and stress in humans. Researchers use non-invasive techniques, gathering hormone data from fecal samples, to obtain a clear view of the relationship of the mother and offspring without creating any disturbance.

"Despite how much insight chimpanzees can provide into humans, relatively little is known about what influences their maternal behavior and how that behavior translates to offspring health and development," said Dr. Santymire from the zoo's Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology. "This study will provide valuable results that will be relevant to many issues that affect human families today, such as infant abuse and neglect, and the impact of stress on future success in society, anxiety and depression."


'/>"/>

Contact: Sharon Dewar
sdewar@lpzoo.org
312-742-2246
Lincoln Park Zoo
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Lincoln Park Zoo awarded $1.5 million grant for new research institute
2. Lincoln Park Zoo launches first-of-its-kind wildlife reintroduction database
3. JCVI program trains USDA scientists on eukaryotic genome analysis
4. Monash scientists debug superbug
5. Scientists at CSHL discover mobile small RNAs that set up leaf patterning in plants
6. Scientists unlock the secrets of C. difficiles protective shell
7. Scientists discover why teeth form in a single row
8. Einstein scientists receive $10 million NIH grant
9. From stem cells to new organs: Stanford and NYU scientists cross threshold in regenerative medicine
10. 40 minority scientists receive travel fellowships to Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans
11. Vanderbilt scientists invent worlds smallest periscopes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2017)... Feb. 7, 2017 Report Highlights ... The global synthetic-biology market ... billion by 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate ... overview of the global markets for synthetic biology. - Analyses ... 2016, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through ...
(Date:2/7/2017)... York , February 7, 2017 ... ID Global Solutions Corporation [OTC: IDGS], ("Ipsidy" or the ... and electronic transaction processing services, is pleased to announce ... the Company. Effective January 31, 2017, ... Board of Directors, CEO and President.  An experienced payment ...
(Date:2/2/2017)... , Feb. 2, 2017  EyeLock LLC, a ... a new white paper " What You Should Know ... problem of ensuring user authenticity is a growing concern. ... authentication of users. However, traditional authentication schemes such as ... Biometric authentication offers an elegant solution to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... a free AFM Luncheon for all SPIE attendees and Park ... CA, just one block from the San Jose Convention Center. The luncheon will ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... -- Scientists propose in Nature blocking a ... and maybe other lysosomal storage diseases as a possible ... therapies. An international research team led by ... included investigators from the University of Lübeck in ... The study was conducted in mouse models of lysosomal ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ON (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... on discovery and development of precision treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced it ... validate the ProMIS approach.” This is one of a series of commentaries from ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... Ca (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... engineers, and scientists from around the world, is pleased to announce the launch of ... technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. , This merit-based scholarship is open to all ...
Breaking Biology Technology: