National Swine Resource and Research Center

NSRRC LogoGrant Number: U42 OD011140

Research Emphasis/Objectives

The National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) was established in 2003 to develop the infrastructure to ensure that biomedical investigators across a variety of disciplines have access to critically needed swine models of human health and disease. The NSRRC also serve as a central resource for reagents, creation of new genetically modified swine, and information and training related to use of swine models in biomedical research.

Services Provided

Animals

Swine are imported into the resource center, rederived to a pathogen-free status, and gametes, embryos and somatic cells are cryopreserved to prevent future loss. Swine models are then available for distribution to biomedical investigators.

Biological Materials

Cells/tissues/organs

Health Monitoring

The NSRRC performs on-going health monitoring to assure maintenance of a pathogen-free status.

Cryopreservation

The NSRRC cryopreserves and stores gametes, embryos and somatic cells to prevent loss of valuable modelsPrather pigs

Research

  • Improved techniques for cryopreservation of pig reproductive cells and tissues
  • Improved methods for the detection and elimination of microbial pathogens in pigs
  • Development of improved methods for the production of genetically engineered swine

PI-Driven Model Creation

The center creates custom models for NIH-funded investigators. Requests are evaluated by the Steering Committee and prioritized. Animals are first distributed to the requesting principal investigators, and then made available to others.

Contact Information

National Swine Resource and Research Center
WBC 107 Animal Science Research Center
University of Missouri
920 East Campus Drive
Columbia, MO 65211
http://nsrrc.missouri.edu/

Co-Principal Investigators

Randall S. Prather, Ph.D.
University of Missouri
Animal Science Research Center
Phone: 573-882-6414
PratherR@missouri.edu

Kevin D. Wells
University of Missouri
Animal Science Research Center
Phone: 573-882-1765
Wellskev@missouri.edu 

Other/Resource Contacts

Kristin M. Whitworth
University of Missouri
Animal Science Research Center
Phone: 573-882-1331
WhitworthK@missouri.edu