On-going Projects

Hereby, a selection of on-going projects that can be disclosed, each placed in the framework of the scope of the Stress Physiology Research Group.

This listing is not complete as various projects cannot be disclosed because of confidentiality agreements, patent applications, etc.

1. Unravelling the fundamentals of glucocorticoid actions across vertebrates

1.1 Mechanism(s) of glucocorticoid incorporation

1.2 Chronic stress, target glucocorticoid receptor profiles and ligand binding kinetics

    At present, none to be disclosed.

1.3 Extra-interrenal and -adrenal glucocorticoids and alternative substrates for glucocorticoid biosynthesis

    At present, none to be disclosed.

1.4 Glucocorticoid-mediated developmental programming and early life stress

1.5 Glucocorticoid-mediated bone (de)formation

1.6 Individual variation in stress response

2. Unravelling the impact of chronic stress across vertebrates

2.1 Management as stressor in fish farms, in ornamental fish aquaculture, in home and public aquaria, in zebrafish facilities, in amphibian and reptile terraria, in avian farms, in pig farms and in cattle farms

2.2 Feed as stressor focusing on invertebrates (e.g. Artemia), mycotoxins and fish feed constituents

2.3 Microbial endocrinology, interaction between bacteria, glucocorticoids and the stress level in fish

2.4 Pollutants as stressor

    At present, none to be disclosed.

2.5 Stress in human related pathologies

    At present, none to be disclosed.

3. Contributing to a more sustainable and animal welfare minded food production

3.1 Development and validation of a biosensor for on-site glucocorticoid analysis in fish scale

    At present, none to be disclosed.

3.2 Improving sustainability and animal welfare in aquaculture and husbandry

3.3 Improving our understanding of the impact of anthropogenic activities on the health status of vertebrates in the wild