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14 August 2014

Demonstrating translational research using CANTAB at the University of Stuttgart

Prof. Hauber from the Department of Animal Physiology at the University of Stuttgart explains how they are using CANTAB tests to demonstrate translational research from animal models to humans.

Guest blog by Prof. Wolfgang Hauber, Department of Animal Physiology at the University of Stuttgart.


The analysis of cognitive functions in rats and its neural basis is a major research topic of the Department of Animal Physiology at the University of Stuttgart.

At the annual “University Science Day” on July 12th 2014 we presented our preclinical research to the lay public as well as students and members of the university. We showed touchscreen methods for cognitive testing in rats, explained how such tests can be used to study different forms of memory and cognitive enhancers and how they can be deployed to establish rat models of cognitive disorders.

Importantly, using the Cantab Research Suite, visitors could also test by themselves analogous tests for humans, for example perceptual discrimination, object-place associative learning and attention.

We highlighted how touchscreen tests in animal models and humans can be used for translational research which is essential for testing putative cognitive therapies.

About 150 people attended our department, adults and a lot of students enjoyed using the CANTAB touchscreen tests. In the future, we will include the CANTAB test battery in our behavioural neurobiology courses for students and at public events when presenting science at the University Stuttgart.

Prof. Hauber and his team from the Department of Animal Physiology, University of Stuttgart

For more information visit the University of Stuttgart website

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