Neurological animal diseases play an increasing role in the societies perception. Not only do emerging and re-emerging neuro-infectious diseases pose a threat to animal health, but some of them are also zoonoses with severe public health implications. This raises the need for a deeper understanding of disease pathogenesis and for efficient disease surveillance and control strategies. Changes in the human-to-animal relationship and animal welfare considerations result in an enhanced demand for novel solutions in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all types of neurological disorders of animals.
The NeuroCenter concentrates its research activities on four topics: (i) pathogenesis of neuroinfectious diseases, mainly studied on morbillivirus-induced chronic encephalitis, listeric encephalitis and prion diseases in ruminants. (ii) surveillance of neuroinfectious diseases which involves the development of both novel surveillance strategies and diagnostic methodologies. (iii) pathophysiology of disc herniation in the epidural space. (iv) assessment and therapy of pain in animals.