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The Stress Physiology Research Group focuses on neuro-endocrinological, in particular stress physiological research across vertebrates, ranging from fish to humans.

Besides fundamental research including biochemistry, immunology, genetics, and physiology also more applied research topics regarding aquaculture, husbandry, zoolife, and wildlife are covered. Hereby, the role of glucocorticoids as biomarker for acute and chronic stress stands central.

Fish, and carp (Cyprinus carpio) in particular, are used as model organism to obtain crucial fundamental information on stress (molecules, pathways, regulation and actions). Vertebrates ranging from fish to humans are used in more applied research settings.

Research overview

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The Stress Physiology Research Group encompasses 3 main areas of research

The insights and results obtained on stress physiology across vertebrates are put in the framework of the multi-disciplinary research topic of glucocorticoid action, hereby translating the latter to other research domains including biochemistry, ecology, endocrinology, ethology, histology, immunology, morphology, physiology and toxicology.

Our research contributes overall to:

  • An optimized and more sustainable aquaculture and husbandry.
  • Monitoring the impact of anthropogenic activities on wild stocks.
  • Objectively assessing welfare of (ornamental) species in aquaculture, wildlife, public aquaria and laboratory settings.
  • The implementation of a welfare quality label so efforts of farmers investing in an animal friendly production can be valorized.
  • Providing the consumer with reliable product information with respect to animal welfare.
  • Helping governments to decide on sustainable production, environmental and welfare issues.