UL Lafayette receives a $ 3.5 million grant to fund work at the university’s New Iberia Research Center.
The grant to build the research facilities comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Congressman Clay Higgins said Tuesday.
Research at the New Iberia site focuses on the breeding, management and import of various non-human primate species. It also provides resources for developing non-human primate models aimed at enhancing the quality of human life.
The center houses over 6,800 non-human primates, making NIRC one of the largest primate centers in the United States, according to the facility.
Higgins said in part that he is “encouraged that the federal government is investing in” the center, adding that “their work and research products are critical to the future of health care in southern Louisiana and beyond.”
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