Our team is focused on granting high standard of care for the animals in research. In cooperation with researchers, we therefore focus our direct interest on peri-operative pain in animals, which is not only an important issue to guarantee the flow of the experiments and the reliability of the results, but also an important ethical concern for the research community and the whole society. The prevention and treatment of pain is particularly relevant for animals undergoing long-term experiments. We aim at developing valid and reliable methods to evaluate behavioural and physiological modifications related to nociception and pain and at refining procedures and techniques to improve peri-operative pain treatment in experimental animals.

Major areas of interest are:

  • Understanding and characterizing pain behavior in animals
  • Investigating and improving methods of systemic and regional perioperative analgesia
  • Investigating intraoperative nociception and awareness