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Neuron. 2014 Jun 18;82(6):1200-4. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.06.003.

Basic neuroscience research with nonhuman primates: a small but indispensable component of biomedical research.

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Department of Vision and Cognition, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Department of Integrative Neurophysiology, Centre for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, VU University, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Psychiatry Department, Academic Medical Center, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Electronic address:
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, German Primate Centre, 37077 Goettingen, Germany; Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Goettingen, 37077 Goettingen, Germany; Faculty of Biology and Psychology, Goettingen University, 37073 Goettingen, Germany. Electronic address:


Research with nonhuman primates represents a small component of neuroscience with far-reaching relevance that is irreplaceable for essential insights into cognitive functions, brain disease, and therapy. Transparency and widespread information about this research and its importance is central to ensure the support of politicians and the general public.

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