Animal behaviour and welfare are major areas of public concern as production systems change and intensify.
EBRC research aims to understand not only the ‘negative’ aspects of welfare such as expressions of pain, fear, stress and aggression but also the ‘positive’ behaviours such as play and non-aggressive social behaviour.
Together our scientists can apply a multidisciplinary approach that includes behavioural, genetic, epigenetic and neurobiological studies along with complex systems modelling to simulate the multi-dimensional control of behaviour. The ultimate goal is to use the information to improve animal welfare and productivity.
Scientific groups across all the partners of the EBRC have been leading members of international efforts in the study of the biology of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Research continues throughout the EBRC to establish the nature of TSE (prion) infectivity, its transmission and the threat posed from novel TSE outbreaks.