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Content development for The Macaque Website was led by Dr Mark Prescott (NC3Rs) with Dr Emily Bethell and Dr Caralyn Kemp (Liverpool John Moores University). For background on why and how the site was developed, read the NC3Rs blog.

Dr Mark Prescott

MarkDr Mark Prescott is Director of Policy and Outreach at the NC3Rs, where he advises the major UK research funding bodies on nonhuman primate issues. He has over 25 years experience in primatology and laboratory animal welfare. Mark is an Honorary Member of the European Primate Veterinarians, Honorary Research Fellow of the Scottish Primate Research Group, and Member of the Captive Care Committee of the International Primatological Society. He serves on various institutional ethics committees and the Advisory Board of the MRC Centre for Macaques. Mark was a member of the Bateson Committee, which reviewed 10 years of UK publicly funded nonhuman primate research, the UK Animal Procedures Committee and the European Commission’s SCHEER Working Group to review the need for nonhuman primate research and alternatives. He represented the European Federation of Primatology advising the European Commission on drafting Directive 2010/63/EU, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals advising the Council of Europe on revision of Appendix A to Convention ETS 123.

Dr Caralyn Kemp

Dr Caralyn Kemp was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University and animal trainer at the MRC Centre for Macaques. She is now Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand. While she considers herself a general ethologist, her research has largely focused on primate behaviour, covering a range of topics including social behaviour management, sensory perception, facial expressions, and vocal production. She also has a background in captive animal welfare, having been involved in behavioural research and enrichment programs in both zoos and primate breeding facilities.

Dr Emily Bethell

Emily BethellDr Emily Bethell is Senior Lecturer in Primate Behaviour at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. Her research focus is primate social cognition and behaviour: what monkeys and apes can tell us about human evolution, and the implications of similarities and differences in cognitive processes for understanding and improving the psychological well-being of nonhuman primates held in captivity. She is currently developing ‘attention bias’ as a novel measure of primate psychological wellbeing, using a range of methods including field observation and experiments, computer-based tasks in the laboratory and collection of genetic and non-invasive physiological measures.

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