Great success for CompMed-Team at EAACI 2017, Helsinki, Finland

The annual conference of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology belongs to the world´s largest events on allergy and had over 8300 attendants in Helsinki, June 17.-21, 2017. Comparative Medicine team contributed as speakers, chairs, poster presenters and in several working groups (Newsletter June 17 [Link 1]).

This is the record of awards from the group in the 2017 EAACI meeting
·      Sherienne Afifi: JMA Travel scholarship
·      Jelena Gotovina: Prize for the best ePoster
·      Franziska Roth-Walter
·      Judit Fazekas-Singer, and
·      Galateja Joradkieva, poster prizes.

Congratulations to all!

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Publication: Sensitivity to inequity is in wolves’ and dogs’ blood

Not only dogs but also wolves react to inequity – similar to humans or primates. This has been confirmed in a new study by comparative psychologists of the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Wolves and dogs refused to cooperate in an experiment when only the partner got a treat or they themselves received a lower quality reward. Since this behaviour is equally strong in wolves and dogs, this sensitivity to inequity is not likely to be an effect of domestication, as has been assumed so far. It is rather a behaviour inherited from a common ancestor. The results were published in Current Biology.

More information
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Publication: Human, Animals and Aristotle.

Full article can be read under the following Link [Link 4].


Publication: Elephants know when their bodies are obstacles

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Publication Dog Science: You spy with your little eye

Humans are able to interpret the behaviour of others by attributing mental states to them (and to themselves). By adopting the perspectives of other persons, they can assume their emotions, needs and intentions and react accordingly. In the animal kingdom, the ability to attribute mental states (Theory of Mind) is a highly contentious issue. Cognitive biologists from the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna could prove with a new test procedure that dogs are not only able to identify whether a human has an eye on a food source and, therefore, knows where the food has been hidden. They can also apply this knowledge in order to correctly interpret cues by humans and find food they cannot see themselves. This perspective taking ability is an important component of social intelligence. It helps dogs to cope with the human environment. The results have been published in the journal Animal Cognition.

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