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File339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish2015-05

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

DocumentContrasting the organizational vs. activational roles of the oxytocin system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339.02
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Contrasting the organizational vs. activational roles of the oxytocin system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior
Publication year: 2016
URL:
http://wcnh.otago.ac.nz/documents/WCNH-2015-Programme-Abstracts-Final.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The “organizational hypothesis” claiming that hormones could shape the structure of the developing nervous system and as a result alter the adult animal behavior was suggested in 1959 by Phoenix, Young et al. [Organizing action of prenatally administered testosterone propionate on the tissues mediating mating behavior in the female guinea pig. 1959, Endocrinology 65, 369–382]. Thus, organizational effects refer to long-term, irreversible impact of hormones on tissue differentiation and/or neuronal circuits formation that can either directly or indirectly influence behavior. On the other hand, activational effects refer to short-term, reversible hormonal impact, which occur in the mature/adult organism, e.g. responses to specific homeostatic challenges. Oxytocin-like neurohormones (isotocin in fish, mesotocin in birds, reptiles and amphibian, and oxytocin in mammals) have been implicated in the regulation of social behavior across vertebrates1-3. Using the zebrafish model we developed new genetic tools that allow us to contrast the organizational vs. activational roles of oxytocin in social behavior. We first characterized the ontogeny of sociality, measured by zebrafish shoal preference, and showed that shoal preference emerges around the third week post fertilization. To explore how oxytocin affects the acquisition and modulation of sociality, we have specifically perturbed oxytocinergic neuronal circuits and examined how loss of function of these neurons during embryonic development, or throughout the organism’s lifetime modifies social behavior. Thus, we have generated an oxytocin neurons-specific transgenic system for conditional (i.e. temporal) and cell-specific ablation of oxytocin neurons. Using this system, we demonstrated that ablation of these neurons at a critical developmental time window but not during adulthood significantly alter shoal preference behavior. Our data suggest a unique developmental organizational rather than activational effect of the oxytocin neuronal system on a specific social behavior trait.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Nunes, A. R.
Secondary author(s):
Gliskberg, M., Anbalagan, S., Wircer, E., Oliveir, R., Levkowitz, G.
Document type:
Online abstract
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Nunes, A. R., Gliskberg, M., Anbalagan, S., Wircer, E., Oliveir, R., & Levkowitz, G (2016, August). Contrasting the organizational vs. activational roles of the oxytocin system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior - Poster 13. Paper presented at the 11th World Congress on Neurohypophysial Hormones, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Indexed document: No

Contrasting the organizational vs. activational roles of the oxytocin system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior

Contrasting the organizational vs. activational roles of the oxytocin system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior

DocumentContrasting the organizational vs activational roles of OXT system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339.03
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Contrasting the organizational vs activational roles of OXT system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior
Publication year: 2016
URL:
http://behaviour2017.org/symposia/
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Oxytocin-like neurohormones (isotocin in fish and oxytocin in mammals) have been implicated in the regulation of social behavior across vertebrates. Although vasopressin has been more involved in aggression behavior, whereas oxytocin has been mainly implicated in pro-social behaviors, these neuropeptides and their receptor subtypes are similar and so, most of the classic pharmacological evidence does not differentiate their specific contribution to different social behaviors. In this study we used zebrafish, a social animal model with a wellcharacterized repertoire of social behaviors and a wide genetic toolbox available,
to investigate the role of the oxytocin-like family peptides on social behavior. For this purpose, we developed genetic tools to manipulate the oxytocinergic neuronal circuits and to study how loss of function of these neurons during development, affects the development of social behavior. Our results indicate a role for oxytocinergic neurons in the acquisition of zebrafish sociality, a trait that emerges during the third week of development. A conditional and cell-specific ablation of these neurons at a critical developmental time window, but not during adulthood, significantly altered specific adult social behaviors in zebrafish, suggesting an unique developmental organizational rather than activational effect of the oxytocin neuronal system on a specific social behavior trait. Furthermore, using genome-editing methods (i.e. TALEN, CRISPR), we found evidence that oxytocinergic neurons may modulate distinct aspects of social behaviors through different mechanisms.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Nunes, A. R.
Secondary author(s):
Gliskberg, M., Anbalagan, S., Wircer, E., Oliveira, R., Levkowitz, G.
Document type:
Unpublished document
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Nunes, A. R., Gliskberg, M., Anbalagan, S., Wircer, E., Oliveira, R., & Levkowitz, G. (2016, August). Contrasting the organizational vs activational roles of OXT system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior. In G. Levkowitz & V. Grinevich (Chairs), Effects of oxytocin on social behavior in fish and mammals. Symposium conducted at Behaviour 2017, Estoril, Portugal.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Social behavior

Contrasting the organizational vs activational roles of OXT system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior

Contrasting the organizational vs activational roles of OXT system in the regulation of zebrafish social behavior

DocumentNew insights into oxytocinergic neural circuits mediating social behaviour2017

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339.04
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
New insights into oxytocinergic neural circuits mediating social behaviour
Publication year: 2017
URL:
http://sbn.org/meetings/eventdetails/2017-sbn-annual-meeting/2017-sbn-abstracts.aspx
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Oxytocin-like neurohormones (isotocin in fish, mesotocin in birds, reptiles and amphibian, and oxytocin in mammals) have been implicated in the regulation of social behavior across vertebrates (Goodson and Thomson, 2010). Although vasopressin is more involved in aggression behavior while oxytocin in pro-social behaviors, these neuropeptides and receptor subtypes are similar (Chini et al, 2007), and so, most of the classical pharmacological evidences do not differentiate their specific contribution on social behaviors. We took advantage of the zebrafish model, a simpler-minded, but still a highly social animal model with a well-characterized repertoire of social behaviors and a wide genetic toolbox available, to investigate the role of the oxytocin-like family on social behavior. For this purpose, we developed genetic tools to manipulate the oxytocinergic neuronal circuits and to study how the loss of function of these neurons during embryonic development, or throughout the organism´s lifetime, modifies the development of social behaviors in this species. We have collected evidences that support the role of the oxytocinergic neurons in the acquirement of zebrafish sociality, a trait that emerges during the third week of development. A conditional (i.e. temporal) and cell-specific ablation (through GAL4/UAS-Nitroreductase system) of these neurons at a critical developmental time window, but not during adulthood, significantly altered specific adult social behaviors in zebrafish. Furthermore, using genome editing methods (i.e. TALEN, CRISPR), we characterized the contribution of the oxytocinergic signaling players on the development of specific aspects of social behavior. Our findings suggest that the oxytocin-like neuronal system is involved on sociality that becomes hardwired during early development. Furthermore, our data support that oxytocinergic neurons may modulate distinct aspects of social behaviors through different mechanisms.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Nunes, A. R.
Secondary author(s):
Gliskberg, M., Anbalagan, S., Wircer, E., Levkowitz, G., Oliveira, R.
Document type:
Unpublished document
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Nunes, A. R., Gliskberg, M., Anbalagan, S., Wircer, E., Levkowitz, G., & Oliveira, R. (2017, June). New insights into oxytocinergic neural circuits mediating social behaviour. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, Long Beach, California, USA.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Social behavior

New insights into oxytocinergic neural circuits mediating social behaviour

New insights into oxytocinergic neural circuits mediating social behaviour

DocumentEarly ablation of oxytocin-like peptides shapes adult zebrafish sociality2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339.05
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Early ablation of oxytocin-like peptides shapes adult zebrafish sociality
Publication year: 2016
URL:
https://www.s4sn.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/S4SN-2016-Annual-Meeting.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Oxytocin and vasopressin-like peptides (isotocin in fish, mesotocin in birds, reptiles and amphibian, and vasotocin) have been implicated in the regulation of social behavior across vertebrates [1]. Although vasopressin is more involved in aggression behavior while oxytocin-like peptides in pro-social behaviors, these neuropeptides and receptor subtypes are similar [2]. Using zebrafish as a model organism, we have been investigating the role of oxytocin-like peptides in the regulation of adult sociality. We have characterized how early relevant sociality, measured as a shoal preference, can be studied during zebrafish ontogeny. Our data shows that shoal preference emerges around the third week post-fertilization. In order to explore how isotocin can modulate the acquirement of social paradigms underlying social cognition, we have been using a genetic approach to specifically perturb the isotocinergic neuronal circuits and to study how loss of function of these neurons during embryonic development, or throughout the organism’s lifetime, modifies adult social behavior. Using an oxytocin neurons-specific transgenic system for conditional (i.e. temporal) and cell-specific ablation of oxytocin neurons, we demonstrated that early ablation, but not adult ablation, significantly alter shoal preference behavior in adulthood. Furthermore, early inhibition of isotocin vesicular release also impairs adult sociality in zebrafish. In conclusion, our findings suggest that the isotocin neuronal system is involved on a specific social behavior trait that becomes hardwire during early development.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Nunes, A. R.
Secondary author(s):
Gliskberg, M., Anbalagan, S., Wircer, E., Levkowitz, G., Oliveira, R.
Document type:
Abstract book
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Nunes, A. R., Gliskberg, M., Anbalagan, S., Wircer, E., Levkowitz, G., & Oliveira, R. (2016). B38 Early ablation of oxytocin-like peptides shapes adult zebrafish sociality. Abstract book of the Annual Meeting of The Society for Social Neuroscience (p. 61). San Diego, USA.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Social Behavior / Zebrafish / Oxytocin

Early ablation of oxytocin-like peptides shapes adult zebrafish sociality

Early ablation of oxytocin-like peptides shapes adult zebrafish sociality

DocumentNeural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish: the role of oxytocin-like peptides in biological motion perception2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339.06
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish: the role of oxytocin-like peptides in biological motion perception
Publication year: 2016
Abstract/Results:
ABSTRACT:
Biological motion perception is one of the fundamental aspects of social-cognitive processes that can help differentiate living organisms from other objects in the environment.
This competence is conserved across species and is critical for filial attachment, detection of predators, and perception of social dominance. Moreover, an evolutionary conserved mechanism for animacy detection seems to be present across different species (chimpanzees, chicken, medaka fish) and is probably innate. Therefore, we aim to characterize the underlying neural mechanisms for this cognitive ability and to test if it is regulated by oxytocin-like peptides (isotocin in fish) - a family of neuromodulators implicated in the regulation of sociality. We are using zebrafish as a vertebrate model organism since it exhibits robust social behaviour, relatively simple neuroanatomy and an available genetic toolbox that can allow a better understanding of the gain/loss of OXT-like neuronal function.
Using a two-choice test we have been able to show that adult zebrafish can detect animacy based on acceleration cues and that isotocin seems to play a role in biological motion perception.
In future experiments we plan to explore more complex motion stimuli using direction and agency cues and to disentangle the neural circuitry underlying this vision-­-based social cognition ability.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Carreira, L.
Secondary author(s):
Nunes, A. R., Oliveira, R.
Document type:
Unpublished document
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Carreira, L., Nunes A. R., & Oliveira, R. (2016, October). Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish: the role of oxytocin-like peptides in biological motion perception. Paper presented at Sociedade Portuguesa de Etologia. Lisboa, Portugal
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Social Behavior / Zebrafish / Oxytocin

DocumentUnveiling the role of oxytocin-like peptides in the regulation of the zebrafish social behavior2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339.07
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Unveiling the role of oxytocin-like peptides in the regulation of the zebrafish social behavior
Publication year: 2016
Abstract/Results:
ABSTRACT:
An elementary cognitive ability for social behaviour is the recognition of other behavioral agents in the environment. Point lights placed on the main joints of a walking person or even simple visual
displays (e.g. moving geometric-shapes) can originate a high-level percept of animacy. This ability is conserved across species and is critical for filial attachment, detection of predators, and perception
of social dominance. We aim to characterize the neural mechanisms underlying animacy, and to test if this ability is regulated by oxytocin-like peptides (oxytocin in mammals, isotocin in fish), which are a family of neuromodulators implicated in the regulation of social behavior across vertebrates.
Using zebrafish as an organism model, we developed new genetic tools that allow us to study the role of oxytocin in social behavior. We first characterized the ontogeny of sociality, measured by a
robust shoal preference test, and showed that it emerges around the third-week post fertilization. To explore how oxytocin affects the acquisition and modulation of sociality, we have specifically
perturbed oxytocinergic neuronal circuits and examined how loss of function of these neurons during development modifies social behavior. We observed that ablation of these neurons at a critical developmental period, but not during adulthood, significantly reduces shoal preference. Next, we found preliminary evidences for zebrafish ability to discriminate animacy cues, namely acceleration.
In the near future we plan to explore the role of oxytocin-like peptides in the regulation of animacy detection.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Nunes, A. R.
Secondary author(s):
Correia, L., Levkowitz, G., Oliveira, R.
Document type:
Unpublished abstract
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Nunes, A. R., Correia, L., Levkowitz, G., & Oliveira, R. (2016). Unveiling the role of oxytocin-like peptides in the regulation of the zebrafish social behavior. Paper presented at the Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution V edition, CIMeC. Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Zebrafish / Oxytocin

DocumentPerceptual mechanisms of social affiliation in zebrafish2020

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339.08
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Perceptual mechanisms of social affiliation in zebrafish
Publication year: 2020
URL:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-60154-8
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Social living animals need to recognize the presence of conspecifics in the environment in order to engage in adaptive social interactions. Social cues can be detected through different sensory modalities, including vision. Two main visual features can convey information about the presence of conspecifics: body form and biological motion (BM). Given the role that oxytocin plays in social behavior regulation across vertebrates, particularly in the salience and reward values of social stimuli, we hypothesized that it may also be involved in the modulation of perceptual mechanisms for conspecific detection. Here, using videoplaybacks, we assessed the role of conspecific form and BM in zebrafish social affiliation, and how oxytocin regulates the perception of these cues. We demonstrated that while each visual cue is important for social attraction, BM promotes a higher fish engagement than the static conspecific form alone. Moreover, using a mutant line for one of the two oxytocin receptors, we show that oxytocin signaling is involved in the regulation of BM detection but not conspecific form recognition. In summary, our results indicate that, apart from oxytocin role in the regulation of social behaviors through its effect on higher-order cognitive mechanisms, it may regulate social behavior by modulating very basic perceptual mechanisms underlying the detection of socially-relevant cues.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Nunes, A. R.
Secondary author(s):
Carreira, L., Anbalagan, S., Blechman, J., Levkowitz, G., Oliveira, R. F.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Nunes, A. R., Carreira, L., Anbalagan, S., Blechman, J., Levkowitz, G., & Oliveira, R. F. (2020). Perceptual mechanisms of social affiliation in zebrafish. Scientific Reports, 10, 3642. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-60154-8
2-year Impact Factor: 3.998|2019
Impact factor notes: Impact factor not available yet for 2020
Times cited: 2|2021-05-20
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Oxytocin / Zebrafish / Social cues

Perceptual mechanisms of social affiliation in zebrafish

Perceptual mechanisms of social affiliation in zebrafish

DocumentFinal report - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish2019

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
339 - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Duration: 2015-05
Researcher(s):
Ana Rita Silva Martins Nunes
Institution(s): Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Nunes, A. R.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Social cognition / Social dominance / Oxytocin / Biological motion / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-339.01
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Final report - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish
Publication year: 2019
URL:
https://www.bial.com/media/3018/grant-33914.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The recognition of living organisms in the environment is an elementary social cognitive ability, critical for survival. It is well known that the human visual system can detect the presence of an individual when looking at dozen of point lights placed on the main joints of a walking person. This early evidence has stimulated researchers over the years to investigate the perceptual mechanisms underlying biological motion detection. Even simple visual displays (e.g. moving geometric shapes) can originate high-level percepts of animacy, and this ability is conserved across species (e.g. chicken, medaka fish) and critical for filial attachment, detection of predators, and perception of social dominance.
We aimed to explore the mechanisms and neuromodulators that regulate biological motion perception.
We used zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model organism since, like humans, they rely on sensory cues, mainly visual cues, to recognize their conspecifics, in order to approach and interact with them. We used a video playback system to allow zebrafish to choose between different visual stimuli, differing in biological motion, conspecific shape or both, and quantified the time fish spent close to each stimulus as a measure of preference. Furthermore, we have used a zebrafish mutant line that exhibits oxytocin signalling impairment, to assess whether oxytocin contributes to the perception of these visual cues.
Our results demonstrated that both conspecific form and biological motion cues, either alone or together, promoted social attraction in zebrafish. Furthermore, we demonstrated an involvement of oxytocin in regulating biological motion detection.
In conclusion, our results suggest that oxytocin plays a role in basic perceptual mechanisms underlying the recognition of conspecifics.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Nunes, A. R.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Nunes, A. R. (2019). Final report - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Oxytocin / Perception / Biological motion / Social cognition

Final report - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish

Final report - Neural mechanisms of social cognition in zebrafish