The JPND Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) identified the use of non-human primates (NHPs) as an important topic to examine and evaluate in the context of current neurodegenerative disease (ND) research. To gain insight into this area, a small-scale questionnaire-based consultation was conducted across the ND research community from 1st December 2017 to the 29th January 2018.

The objective of the questionnaire was to obtain a broader understanding of the global application of NHPs used in ND research, encompassing the scientific, ethical and regulatory issues, together with the current thinking on alternative approaches.

44 participants from academia and industry across 16 countries completed the questionnaire. This included experts conducting NHP-based research and specialists performing research in other model systems (e.g. cell or animal based models) or in human subjects.

The final report on this exercise will be available here shortly.