Rage and the marine explored in aggression study

Posted by pt91 at Mar 03, 2014 11:28 AM |
Biologists to provide insights from fish in international ‘Aggressotype’ project

When you consider animals known for their aggressive tendencies, fish don’t tend to come to mind.

But it is the humble zebrafish that biologists at Leicester are turning to for insights into treating and controlling aggressive human behaviour.

Researchers led by Dr Will Norton from our Department of Biology will study zebrafish to investigate pathological aggression and to help scientists understand the function of aggression-linked genes in the brain as well as allowing better subtyping of aggression and anti-social personality types.

The research will also use juvenile fish to develop novel interventions for treating aggression. Zebrafish are vertebrates, which means it is quite easy to translate this research to other animals and even humans.

With a greater understanding of the causes of aggression, both impulsive and instrumental, it is hoped that more individualised treatment plans can be developed for patients.

This research forms part of an international research programme, ‘Aggressotype’, which includes 23 research groups from Europe and the USA. The five-year EU-funded project will study the biological underpinnings of aggression to develop much-needed treatment strategies.

Listen to a podcast by Dr Will Norton on his research:

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