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Social Inequalities in Health in Nonhuman Primates: The Biology of the Gradient

  • Analyzes the deleterious effects of social stress, increasing morbidity and mortality from all of the illnesses that most commonly plague humans
  • Focuses on nonhuman primate models, providing easy translation to human health concerns
  • Focuses on social inequalities in health in a species other than our own, emphasizing the biology of social class common to all, not just some races, ethnicities, or levels of education

Series: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects

By: Carol Shively(Editor), Mark E Wilson(Editor)

180 pages, 10 colour & 5 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Jul 2016 | #228235 | ISBN-13: 9783319308708
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Social Inequalities in Health in Nonhuman Primates provides a comprehensive look at nonhuman primate social inequalities as models for differences in social status and socioeconomic in humans. The benefit of the socially-housed monkey model is that it provides the complexity of hierarchical structure and rank affiliation, i.e. both negative and positive aspects of social status. At the same time, nonhuman primates are more amenable to controlled experiments and more invasive studies that can be used to examine the effects of low status on brain development, neuroendocrine function, immunity, and eating behavior. Because all of these biological and behavioral substrates form the underpinnings of human illness, and are likely shared among primates, the nonhuman primate model can significantly advance our understanding of the best interventions in humans.


1. Introduction: Relevance of NHP Translational Research to Understanding Social Inequalities in Health in Human Beings Tanja Jovanovic, PhD, Emory University
2. An Introduction to the Female Macaque Model of Social Subordination Stress Mark E Wilson PhD, Emory University
3. Effects of Social Subordination on Macaque Neurobehavioral Outcomes: focus on Neurodevelopment Jodi R. Godfrey, Melanie Pincus, Mar M. Sanchez PhD, Emory University
4. The Effects of Social Experience on the Stress System and Immune Function in Non-Human Primates Jordan Kohn, Leonidas Panagiotakopoulos, and Gretchen N. Neigh PhD, Emory University
5. The Influence of Social Environment on Morbidity, Mortality, and Reproductive Success in Free-Ranging Cercopithecine Primates Marnie G Silverstein DVM, Wake Forest School of Medicine
6. Social Status and the Non-human Primate Brain Stephanie L Willard PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Carol A. Shively PhD, Wake Forest School of Medicine
7. Emotional Eating in Socially Subordinate Female Rhesus Monkeys Vasiliki J Michopoulos, PhD, Emory University
8. Dietary Modification of Physiological Responses to Chronic Psychosocial Stress: Implications for the Obesity Epidemic Carol Shively PhD and Anna Fimmel, Wake Forest School of Medicine

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