Zebrafish are at the vanguard of neuroethological research and have been suggested as an important model for the study of drug effects on the brain. Many studies have looked at alcohol and other drugs exposure in zebrafish and successfully showed modulation of zebrafish behavior for acute and chronic doses, and during withdrawal. However, drug’s potential effects on behaviour relevant to learning and memory still need to be thoroughly characterized. While learning and memory are neural faculties sensitive to drugs, there is a lack in studies that identify alterations of brain function caused by drugs use. Additionally, many effects derived from interindividual variations must be addressed in order to fully understand the behaviour of animals.
Our lab is located at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte- Brazil, and coordinate by Dr Ana Carolina Luchiari. Our main research fields are behaviour, physiology and cognition in two important fish models: the Zebrafish (Danio rerio), the Killifish (Kryptolebias hermaphroditus), the Fighting fish (Betta splendens) and the Damselfish (Stegastes fuscus).