Fish as model organisms in behavioural research

Organisers: Erika Roman and Svante Winberg, Uppsala University

Schedule: Wednesday 6th June 10:00 - 12:30, G35


The study of fish behaviour has long traditions and goes back to Tinbergen´s studies of stickleback behaviour, and the origin of ethology as a scientific discipline. More than half of all vertebrates are teleost fish, making teleosts the without competition largest vertebrate group. It is also a group displaying enormous diversity in behavioural and physiological adaptations, giving unsurpassed possibilities to find model species to address any biological question. During the last decades zebrafish (Danio rerio) has become an increasingly important model species for behavioural research and neuroscience. The symposium will congregate researchers tackling different neurobehavioral questions using fish as models.

10:00-10:20    Lynne Sneddon
Larval zebrafish allows high throughput behavioural analysis: Replacing adults in the study of nociception and drug testing
10:20-10:40    Maxime Jacmin and Alexander D. Crawford
Zebrafish Dravet syndrome models for antiepileptic drug candidates discovery and behaviour investigation
10:40-11:00    Arshi Mustafa, Dicle Cetinkaya, Xi Cheng, Per Ove Thornqvist and Svante Winberg Spiegeldanio
A bold and aggressive fish but what if it loses a fight?
11:00-11:30    Coffee
11:30-11:50    Erika Roman, Ronja Brunberg, Arshi Mustafa, Per-Ove Thörnqvist and Svante Winberg
Behavioral Profiling using a Modified Version of the Zebrafish Multivariate Concentric Square Field™ (zMCSF) Test
11:50-12:10    Svante Winberg, Arshi Mustafa, Per-Ove Thörnqvist and Erika Roman
How to Make Use of Individual Variation?
12:10-12:30    Discussion