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An international seminar series focusing on behaviour

The AVIAN group organises this seminar series with irregular intervals around themes of profound interest within the area of animal behaviour. Its format ranges from half-day lecture series to workshops and seminars covering several days. Here you can find information on upcoming and former seminars. 

Upcoming Seminars

Epigenetics in disease and well-being

20-21 January 2016

Jointly organised with EpiLink and the medical faculty, this seminar brings together international expertise on epigenetics and transgenerational effects related to health and welfare in animals and humans.

Many diseases and dysfunctions of non-microbiological origin have substantially increased over the past 40-50 years. Common to many of these is the metabolic syndrome (MS) a series of metabolic risk factors that increase the predisposition of an individual to atherosclerotic vascular disease, hypertension and type-2 diabetes. Alongside there is increasing evidence that environmental factors, including exposure to pharmaceutical and toxic chemicals, diet or stress, pre-conception, intra-utero or even post-natal are able to modify the expression of genes and lead to dysfunction. However, this modification is run through positive or negative modifications in the epigenome (e.g. the complex of modifications associated with genomic DNA, which imparts a unique cellular and developmental identity, without leading to mutations). Such epigenetic modifications can have lasting effects on development, metabolism and health even at later age, evidencing profound alterations of the epigenetic profile of an individual, animal or human, that could well be passed over generations. On the other hand, if a phenotype is caused by epigenetic modifications (as DNA-methylation, histone modifications of the action of non-codingRNAs) some of these pathways could be chemically reversed. The latter opens for the development of eventual therapeutics of epigenesis, to modulate/reverse unfavorable processes.

This research education seminar intends to gather researchers working in different aspects of comparative epigenetics, from basic research to epidemiological, animal and human cohort studies, bridging animal models with clinical human medicine. The goal is to provide a broad spectrum of research and current knowledge on trans-generational effects for graduate students, junior researchers and clinicians stimulating future research projects and the improvement of personalized medicine.  

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Dog behaviour - breeding, domestication, welfare

10 December 2015

This half-day seminar presents ongoing research in Sweden and UK on dog behaviour. Interested participants can contact per.jensen@liu.se

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Previous seminars


Genetics and animal welfare seminar

Linköping University, January 19 2012. Organised by Per Jensen.

We are happy to invite everyone to a seminar on genetics and animal welfare on January 19 in Planck, Linköping University.

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Reduction of Phenotypic Plasticity in Behaviour by Early Experience

Linköping University, December 16 2011. Organised by Per Jensen.

Stephanie Lürzel, from Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Muenster, is giving a seminar with the title "Reduction of phenotypic plasticity in behaviour by early experience".

Welcome to Holken on December 16, 14:15

Emotional memory in rats - the role of olfaction

Linköping University, December 20 2011. Organised by Per Jensen.

Kiseko Shionoya, from Max Planck Insitute of Biophysics, will give a seminar with the title "Emotional memory in rats - the role of olfaction".

Welcome to Holken on December 20, 13:00.

Developmental programming in the chicken: protein undernutrition and hyperinsulinemia

Linköping University, December 1 2011. Organised by Jordi Altimiras.

Nadia Everaert, a junior researcher from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, gave a seminar with the title “Developmental programming in the chicken: protein undernutrition and hyperinsulinemia”.

Welfare in humans and animals - the genetic perspective

Linköping University, September 15 2011. Organised by Per Jensen.

This seminar brought together scientists working in animal and human welfare and disease, with certain focus on the genetic toolbox. Animal and human research can learn a lot from each other's methods and approaches and this seminar explored the benefits of communication across the traditional scientific barriers.

Key note lecturers were:

Adroaldo Zanella (Professor of Animal Welfare at SAC Edinburgh): Animal welfare - genes and environment

Annika Thorsell, (Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Linköping University): Central neropeptides in stress

Björn Forkman (Professor of Ethology at University of Copenhagen: Personality in humans and animals

Göran Andersson (Professor of Genetics at SLU Uppsala: The complex relationship between endogenous retroviruses and their hosts

International Workshop on Perinatal Effects Shaping Individual Phenotypes

Linköping University, June 16-19 2011. Organized by Vivian Goerlich.

The AVIAN group would like to send out a big Thank You to all the participants who made the Brain Seminar on “Perinatal Effects Shaping Individual Phenotypes” a full success. The variation in expertise, from maternal behavior in mice over heat adaptation in fetal chicken to steroid measurements in egg yolk, ensured intriguing discussions and made time fly by. Though we did not solve whether maternal effects are really adaptive nor unraveled the mechanisms underlying long-lasting effects of early life experiences, this workshop surely inspired lots of ideas for future experiments.

Keynote lecturers were:

Frances Champagne , epigenetic effects of maternal care (Columbia University)

James Curley , transgenerational maternal effects (Columbia University)

Barbara Tzschentke , perinatal adaptation   (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Sofie Rettenbacher, steroid detection in eggs (University of Wienna)


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