(Formerly Applied Veterinary Morphology)

The Comparative Perinatal Development (CoPeD) group focuses on animal-centered research, but also investigates alternative models in order to reduce the number of animals in applied research. This applied research is focused on perinatal development with the pig industry and pharmaceutical industry as the most important stakeholders.

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Laura Buyssens successfully defended her PhD, entitled "Hepatic drug metabolism in pediatrics: investigating the neonatal and juvenile (mini)pig as a translational model" on October 11th 2023

CoPeD on tour

Coming soon...

CoPeD@Research Day FFBD

Lieselotte Van Bockstal @ the Pig Research Summit 2023

Ellen Goossenaerts and Marleen Cools @ Deurganckdok 2023

The autopsy of the beached whale in the Deurganckdok took place on 30 August 2023. Ellen Goossenaerts, Marleen Cools (CoPeD) and Tim De Ridder (Department of Biology) provided their enthusiastic assistance. They brought back the pectoral fins, shoulder blades and a number of vertebrae that will be used for research and will eventually be exhibited at the University of Antwerp.

Marina Stroe @ Beltox 2022

Lieselotte Van Bockstal @ Animal Nutrition Research Forum 2023

New articles

An article is published in Frontiers in Pharmacology

Ontogeny of CYP3A and UGT activity in preterm piglets: a translational model for drug metabolism in preterm newborns

by Laura Buyssens, Allan Valenzuela, Sara Prims, Miriam Ayuso, Thomas Thymann, Chris Van Ginneken and Steven Van Cruchten

An article is published in Integrative and Comparative Biology

Early Development of Locomotion in The Term Piglet Model: Does Size Matter?

by Peter Aerts, Falk Mielke, Charlotte Vanden Hole, Merel JW Van Gorp, Chris Van Ginneken

An article is published in Plos One

Chronic exposure to multiple stressors alters the salivary proteome of piglets

by Sara Prims, Xaveer Van Ostade, Miriam Ayuso, Martin Dom, Geert Van Raemdonck, Steven Van Cruchten, Christophe Casteleyn, Chris Van Ginneken

An article is published in Frontiers in Pediatrics

Development of a neonatal Göttingen Minipig model for dose precision in perinatal asphyxia: technical opportunities, challenges, and potential further steps

by Marina-Stefania Stroe, Lieselotte Van Bockstal, Allan Valenzuela, Miriam Ayuso, Karen Leys, Pieter Annaert, Sebastien Carpentier, Anne Smits, Karel Allegaert, Adrian Zeltner, Antonius Mulder, Chris Van Ginneken and Steven Van Cruchten

Key publications

Van Ginneken C., Ayuso M., Van Bockstal L., Van Cruchten S.

Preweaning performance in intrauterine growth-restricted piglets: Characteristics and interventions
Molecular Reproduction & Development (2022):

Ayuso M., Michiels J., Wuyts S., Honglin Yan, Degroote J., Lebeer S., Le Bourgot C., Apper E., Majdeddin M., Van Noten N., Vanden Hole C., Van Cruchten S., Van Poucke M., Peelman L., Van Ginneken C.

Short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides supplementation to suckling piglets: Assessment of pre- and post-weaning performance and gut health
PLoS ONE 15(6): e0233910. pone.0233910

Prims S., Van Raemdonck G., Vanden Hole C., Van Cruchten S., Van Ginneken C., Van Ostade X., Casteleyn C.

On the characterisation of the porcine gland-specific salivary proteome
Journal of Proteomics 196 (2019), p. 92-105