Dr Coleman's research featured on NC3Rs website

Posted on 8th November 2017

Research on zebra fish welfare carried out by a team led by Dr Lynne Sneddon at the University of Liverpool, and including our very own Dr Rob Coleman, has been featured in an article on the website for the NC3Rs - the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of animals in research. 

Dr Coleman's publication, "The impact of social context on behaviour and the recovery from welfare challenges in zebrafish, Danio rerio", showed how by returning zebrafish to their original groups following common laboratory procedures, the severity of their stress can be significantly reduced. This paper also highlights the benefits of a noninvasive method used by the team to quantify cortisol (a stress hormone) levels in fish, via sampling water from tanks. This paper has important implications for the husbandry and welfare in captivity of this species, as it is frequently used as a model organism in laboratory-based studies.