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(March 18, 2015) We are sorry, but this article is available only in German.


Dogs can discriminate emotions

The dog Teddy choses between two emotional face halves on the touchscreen.
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(February 24, 2015) Dogs can discriminate emotions in human faces

A team of cognitive scientists at the Messerli Research Institute has demonstrated for the first time that dogs can differentiate between happy and angry human faces. Dogs may have developed this skill due to their close relationship with people, in which the animals have learned to understand certain aspects of human non-verbal communication. The results have been published on 12 Feb 2015 in the renowned journal Current Biology.

Publication: Müller, C.A., Schmitt, K., Barber, A.L.A., & Huber, L. (2015) Dogs Can Discriminate Emotional Expressions of Human Faces. Current Biology, online first. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.12.055 [Link 3]. [Link 4]
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National Geographic
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Does science encourage social progress?

Teilnehmer der Podiumsdiskussion. V.l.n.r. KR Veit Schmid-Schmidsfelden, Dr. Robert Menasse, Erika Jensen-Jarolim und Barbara Stöckl
Teilnehmer der Podiumsdiskussion. V.l.n.r. KR Veit Schmid-Schmidsfelden, Dr. Robert Menasse, Erika Jensen-Jarolim und Barbara Stöckl [Link 9]

(October 17, 2014) In the course of the Lower Austria Science Gala on October 16, there was also a key note discussion on „Does science advance society?“. Immunologist and professor for Comparative Medicine Erika Jensen-Jarolim, novelist and essayist Robert Menasse and Veit Schmid-Schmidsfelden, CEO of Rupert Fertinger GmbH, made their contributions.

The highlights of this evening will be broadcasted on ORFIII in „ Spezial“ from 21:45 on Oct 22, 2015.

Link to the APA press release [Link 10]


Destination slaughterhouse

(July 30, 2014) Can eating meat still be justified? What are the differences between organic and conventional meat production? And why do we eat pigs but not dogs? Herwig Grimm and Samuel Camenzind answer these and other questions in the journal Wiener Zeitung.

Article by Petra Tempfer and Bettina Figl (Wiener Zeitung) [Link 11]


Cancer immunotherapy for dogs

(July 4, 2014) Passive immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies is an essential part of human cancer therapy, but is not yet established in veterinary medicine.

Josef Singer and Judith Fazekas from the interuniversity Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Medical University Vienna and the University of Vienna found that the receptor (Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor / EGFR) is often found also on human tumor cells. It differs from its counterpart in the dog by only four amino acids.

"In future this will significantly improve the diagnosis and therapy with cancer dogs," said study-leader Erika Jensen-Jarolim.

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Scientists discover the basis of allergic reactions

(June 5, 2014) In Austria, about 400,000 people are affected by a birch pollen allergy. Even pets are suffering, the prevalence is still unknown. It has not yet been fully clarified why birch pollen cause allergies and especially their major allergen "Bet v 1". Scientists from the Department of Comparative Medicine of the Messerli Research Institute discovered that the iron loading of the Bet v 1 molecule has an impact to make it an allergen.

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ORF NÖ: common research for human and animals

(May 17, 2014) Animals reduce study costs: „In search for new therapeutic components against breast cancer in humans, cross-linking between human and veterinary medicine is very helpful - especially concerning development costs“, says Erika Jensen-Jarolim.

May 17, 2014, ORF NÖ heute [Link 16]


Stress research on therapy dogs

(April 29, 2014) Animals have a positive effect on people. This has been verified scientifically and is increasingly used in therapy. Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna investigated the way dogs are affected in therapeutic settings and how to create a situation as stress-free as possible. The current study shows that the dogs are not more stressed than in their spare time during group therapy. It is essential that the dogs participate voluntarily and in a self-determined way. The results were published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior. [Link 17]

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WUFFonline [Link 19]

Kurier [Link 20]

Salzburger Nachrichten [Link 21]

Kronenzeitung [Link 22]

Science ORF [Link 23]

your dog [Link 24]

echo online [Link 25]

HCC-Magazin [Link 26]

Phys-Org [Link 27]

dailynews [Link 28]

science daily [Link 29]

medical news today [Link 30]

liberty voice [Link 31]

Science newsline [Link 32]

Inventor spot [Link 33]

disabled world [Link 34]


Erika Jensen-Jarolim in with Barbara Stöckl

(April 23, 2014) Vienna is internationally top-ranked in allergy research. Erika Jensen-Jarolim, Professor of Comparative Medicine at the inter-university Messerli Research Institute, is one of Vienna's allergy pioneers. She and her team investigate why allergies in humans and animals are becoming increasingly common. An interview with Barbara Stöckl on April 23, 2014, on ORF III.

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Animal-assisted therapy from the perspective of the dog

(September 9, 2013) How are dogs doing in the service of human health?

Therapy with dogs has a positive effect on people. This question was the topic of colleague Dr. Mag. Lisa Maria Glenk from the comparatives medicine in the magazine my PET. ( [Link 36])

article [Link 37] (only available in German).


When wolves howl

(August 22, 2013) Researchers from the Wolf Science Centers around Dr. Friederike Range investigated the mechanisms driving call production in wolves.

der Standard [Link 38]

die Presse [Link 39]

Salzburger Nachrichten [Link 40] [Link 41]

Spiegel Online [Link 42]

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Wissenschaft aktuell [Link 44]

Stern [Link 45]

BBC [Link 46]

NBCNews [Link 47]

Science Now [Link 48]


Comparative Medicine Lab

(July 8, 2013) The Comparative Medicine Lab on the Vetmeduni campus was opened in May.

Report in Heureka - Science Magazine of Falter [Link 49]


A "secure basis" for dogs

(June 23, 2013) Adult dogs behave similar to human children due to the "secure basis effect".

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The end of allergies Part 1

(April 15, 2013) breakthrough in the battle against excruciating hypersensitivities

Article as pdf [Link 51]


Wolves and dogs

(February 18,2013) Dogs are said to be man's best friends. Wolves are often seen as sly and aggressive. But is this true?

ARD documentary on the Wolf Science Center [Link 52]


Wolves learn better from conspecifics than dogs

(June 2, 2013) Scientists in the Wolf Science Center found out that dogs are worse in learning from conspecifics than wolves. They may have lost this ability in the course of evolution in favour of the ability to learn from humans.

Report on [Link 53]


The end of allergies Part 2

(April 22, 2013) breakthrough in the battle against excruciating hypersensitivities

Article as pdf [Link 54]


Cooperation in wolves and dogs

Friederike Range and Zsófia Virányi from the Unit of Comparative Cognition investigated if dogs and wolves show cooperative behaviour or submit to hierarchies. The results are surprising.

Article on Science News [Link 55]


Minister visiting the Wolf Science Center

(February 6, 2013) The Federal Minister for Education, Arts and Culture, Claudia Schmied, visited the Wolf Science Center in Ernstbrunn and learned about the parallels between the wild animals and humans.

Report on [Link 56]


No module for face recognition

(January 2, 2013) Like humans, pigeons have troubles to recognize upside down faces. This makes the theory that humans have kind of a inherent "module" for face recognition obsolete, found researchers of the Unit of Comparative Cognition.

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Biomarkers relevant for Comparative Medicine

(January 2013), Comparative Medicine – comparative research of human and veterinary medicine – enables completely new approaches for research and development.

Read the article [Link 59]


The dignity of animals

(November 26, 2012) Ludwig Huber about the relationship between humans and animals (Veronika Schmidt, Die Presse) [Link 60]


Cancer, dementia, Allergy: Sick from aluminum

(November 21, 2012) Whether deodorants, foods or medications: Many everyday products contain considerable amounts of aluminum - and come in suspicion to favor serious diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease and allergies.

By Bert Ehgartner

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Allergies to order

(December 12, 2013) From asthma to eczema, from hay fever to lactose intolerance: With aluminum can set up everything.

Report on [Link 62]


Amendment of the animal experiment act

(November 14, 2012) Also after the amendment of the animal experiment act was passed in the cabinet the debate goes on. Prof. Herwig Grimm has his say. [Link 63] (Lena Yadlapalli, DER STANDARD)


Panel discussion on the new animal experiment act

(November 12, 2012) There was a lot of media response after the panel discussion on the new animal experiment act:

Report on (Julia Schilly) [Link 64]

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Report in Presse am Sonntag (Martin Kugler) [Link 66]


Set of criteria for animal testing

(November 7, 2012) The Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research, Karlheinz Töchterle, announced to fund the development of a set of criteria for animal testing at the Messerli Research Institute. This is a reaction to the concerns about the new animal experiment act that were voiced by scientists and by the industry.

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Parrots looking for partners

(November 6, 2012) A documentary on the distinct social behavior of parrots showed also the keas at Haidlhof and scientist Gyula Gajdon from the unit of Comparative Cognition. (Sat1) [Link 68]


Communication between dogs and humans

(November 5, 2012) Zsófia Virányi from the unit of Comparative Cognition at the Messerli Research Institute explains how research on the communication of dogs and wolves contributes to a better understanding of the evolution of human communication and of the communication between dogs and humans. (Forschen & Entdecken) [Link 69]


Fast food, drugs and excessive hygiene as a cause of allergies

(October 10, 2012) In modern industrial nations more and more people suffer from allergies. The possible causes are complex. According to the experts of the Medical University of Vienna (Meduni Vienna) the excessive hygiene and poor diet with too much junk food is playing a key role.

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"There is no Garden Eden"

(October 1, 2012) Prof. Herwig Grimm on the increasingly divisive relationship between humans and animals. (Christina Mondolfo, Wiener Zeitung) [Link 71]


Philosophicum Lech 2012

(September 25, 2012) Prof. Herwig Grimm gave a talk on "The animal in itself? Looking for man in animal ethics" at the Philosophicum Lech.

Bericht auf Vorarlberg online ( [Link 72]

Bericht in der Presse (Thomas Kramar) [Link 73]


Opening of the Clever Dog Labs

(September 5, 2012) The opening of the Clever Dog Lab attracted many journalists.

Report in Die Presse (Veronika Schmidt) [Link 74]

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Report in Der Standard (Barbara Wallner)
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Animal Ethics in Veterinary Medicine

(August 6, 2012) How do animal ethics become practicable for vets? (Bettina Huber, vet journal) [Link 83]


"We don't leave the vets alone"

(August 06, 2012) Prof. Herwig Grimm on Applied Ethics as a means for a good human-animal relationship (Bettina Huber, vet journal) [Link 84]


Wolf puppies at the Wolf Science Center

(June 12, 2012) Six wolf puppies from the USA and from Canada found their new home at the Wolf Science Center in Ernstbrunn (Susanne Strnadl, DER STANDARD). [Link 85]


Animal Ethics

(May 23, 2012) The Human-animal relationship is changing (Doris Griesser, DER STANDARD). [Link 86]


Wolf Science Center

(May 1, 2012) How clever are dogs compared to wolfs? (Susanne Strnadl, DER STANDARD) [Link 87]


"A gut feeling is not enough"

(April 27, 2012) Bioethicist Norbert Alzmann claims better funding for research without animal experiments (Julia Schilly, [Link 88]


"Being ill is the same for all"

(April 3, 2012) Prof. Herwig Grimm and Prof. Erika Jensen-Jarolim on (Susanne Strnadl, DER STANDARD)
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Opening of the Messerli Research Institute

(March 29, 2012) The Messerli Research Institute was officially opened in a ceremony (Vet-Magazin). [Link 90]


Intelligent Dogs

(March 13, 2012) Scientists at the Clever Dog Lab investigate the impact of early training with dogs on their cognitive abilities (Kurt de Swaaf, DER STANDARD).
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"Not only instinct-driven robots"

(March 13, 2012) Ludwig Huber on about his work at the Messerli Research Institute (Kurt de Swaaf, DER STANDARD) [Link 92]


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