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Cognitive Ageing in Dogs

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Project "EVOLOR" data sheet

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Organization address
address: EGYETEM TER 1-3
postcode: 1053

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 Coordinator Country Hungary [HU]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙202˙500 €
 EC max contribution 1˙202˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2021-05-31


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 Project objective

The aim of this project is to understand the causal factors contributing to the cognitive decline during senescence and to develop sensitive and standardized behaviour tests for early detection in order to increase the welfare of affected species. With the rapidly ageing population of Europe, related research is a priority in the European Union. We will focus both on characterising the ageing phenotype and the underlying biological processes in dogs as a well-established natural animal model. We develop a reliable and valid test battery applying innovative multidisciplinary methods (e.g. eye-tracking, motion path analysis, identification of behaviour using inertial sensors, EEG, fMRI, candidate gene, and epigenetics) in both longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. We expect to reveal specific environmental risk factors which hasten ageing and also protective factors which may postpone it. We aim to provide objective criteria (behavioural, physiological and genetic biomarkers) to assess and predict the ageing trajectory for specific individual dogs. This would help veterinarians to recognise the symptoms early, and initiate necessary counter actions. This approach establishes the framework for answering the broad question that how we can extend the healthy life of ageing dogs which indirectly also contributes to the welfare of the owner and decreases veterinary expenses. The detailed description of the ageing phenotype may also facilitate the use of dogs as a natural model for human senescence, including the development and application of pharmaceutical interventions. We expect that our approach offers the scientific foundation to delay the onset of cognitive ageing in dog populations by 1-2 years, and also increase the proportion of dogs that enjoy healthy ageing.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Ivaylo Borislavov Iotchev, Anna Egerer, Serena Grafe, András Adorján, Enikő Kubinyi
Encounters between pairs of unfamiliar dogs in a dog park
published pages: 156-165, ISSN: 2676-8615, DOI: 10.1556/019.70.2019.20
Biologia Futura 70/2 2019-10-08
2019 Kálmán Czeibert, Attila Andics, Örs Petneházy, Enikő Kubinyi
A detailed canine brain label map for neuroimaging analysis
published pages: 112-120, ISSN: 2676-8615, DOI: 10.1556/019.70.2019.14
Biologia Futura 70/2 2019-10-08
2019 Iotchev, I. B., Costa, K. M.
Animal cognition: Quantity has a quality of its own.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Animal Sentience 2019-10-08
2019 Enikő Kubinyi, Lisa J. Wallis
Dominance in dogs as rated by owners corresponds to ethologically valid markers of dominance
published pages: e6838, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.6838
PeerJ 7 2019-09-17
2019 Ivaylo Borislavov Iotchev, Anna Kis, Borbála Turcsán, Daniel Rodrigo Tejeda Fernández de Lara, Vivien Reicher, Enikő Kubinyi
Age-related differences and sexual dimorphism in canine sleep spindles
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-46434-y
Scientific Reports 9/1 2019-09-17
2017 Borbála Turcsán, Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi
Owner perceived differences between mixed-breed and purebred dogs
published pages: e0172720, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172720
PLOS ONE 12/2 2019-09-17
2017 Patrizia Piotti
Positive emotions and quality of life in dogs
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Animal Sentience 2017.09 2019-09-17
2017 Ivaylo Borislavov Iotchev, Anna Kis, Róbert Bódizs, Gilles van Luijtelaar, Enikő Kubinyi
EEG Transients in the Sigma Range During non-REM Sleep Predict Learning in Dogs
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13278-3
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-09-17
2016 Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi
Current Trends in Canine Problem-Solving and Cognition
published pages: 300-306, ISSN: 0963-7214, DOI: 10.1177/0963721416666061
Current Directions in Psychological Science 25/5 2019-09-17
2017 Durga Chapagain, Zsófia Virányi, Lisa J. Wallis, Ludwig Huber, Jessica Serra, Friederike Range
Aging of Attentiveness in Border Collies and Other Pet Dog Breeds: The Protective Benefits of Lifelong Training
published pages: , ISSN: 1663-4365, DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2017.00100
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 9 2019-09-17
2018 Zsófia Bognár, Ivaylo B. Iotchev, Enikő Kubinyi
Sex, skull length, breed, and age predict how dogs look at faces of humans and conspecifics
published pages: 447-456, ISSN: 1435-9448, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-018-1180-4
Animal Cognition 21/4 2019-09-17
2017 Enikő Kubinyi, Melinda Bence, Dora Koller, Michele Wan, Eniko Pergel, Zsolt Ronai, Maria Sasvari-Szekely, Ádám Miklósi
Oxytocin and Opioid Receptor Gene Polymorphisms Associated with Greeting Behavior in Dogs
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01520
Frontiers in Psychology 8 2019-09-17
2017 Flóra Szánthó, Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi
Is your dog empathic? Developing a Dog Emotional Reactivity Survey
published pages: e0170397, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170397
PLOS ONE 12/2 2019-09-17
2017 Péter Pongrácz, Rita Lenkei, András Marx, Tamás Faragó
Should I whine or should I bark? Qualitative and quantitative differences between the vocalizations of dogs with and without separation-related symptoms
published pages: 61-68, ISSN: 0168-1591, DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2017.07.002
Applied Animal Behaviour Science 196 2019-09-17
2018 Lisa J. Wallis, Dóra Szabó, Boglárka Erdélyi-Belle, Enikö Kubinyi
Demographic Change Across the Lifespan of Pet Dogs and Their Impact on Health Status
published pages: , ISSN: 2297-1769, DOI: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00200
Frontiers in Veterinary Science 5 2019-09-17
2017 Patrizia Piotti, Dóra Szabó, Lisa Wallis, Zsófia Bognár, Bianka Stiegmann, Anna Egerer, Pauline Marty, Enikő Kubinyi
The effect of age on visuo-spatial short-term memory in family dogs
published pages: 17-19, ISSN: 2445-2874, DOI: 10.21071/pbs.v0i4.10130
Pet Behaviour Science 4 2019-09-17
2018 Luca Corrieri, Marco Adda, Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi
Companion and free-ranging Bali dogs: Environmental links with personality traits in an endemic dog population of South East Asia
published pages: e0197354, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197354
PLOS ONE 13/6 2019-09-17
2019 Kálmán Czeibert, Gábor Baksa, András Grimm, Szilvia Anett Nagy, Enikő Kubinyi, Örs Petneházy
MRI, CT and high resolution macro-anatomical images with cryosectioning of a Beagle brain: Creating the base of a multimodal imaging atlas
published pages: e0213458, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213458
PLOS ONE 14/3 2019-09-17
2018 Patrizia Piotti, Dóra Szabó, Zsófia Bognár, Anna Egerer, Petrouchka Hulsbosch, Rachel Sophia Carson, Enikő Kubinyi
Effect of age on discrimination learning, reversal learning, and cognitive bias in family dogs
published pages: 537-553, ISSN: 1543-4494, DOI: 10.3758/s13420-018-0357-7
Learning & Behavior 46/4 2019-09-17
2018 Borbála Turcsán, Lisa Wallis, Zsófia Virányi, Friederike Range, Corsin A. Müller, Ludwig Huber, Stefanie Riemer
Personality traits in companion dogs—Results from the VIDOPET
published pages: e0195448, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0195448
PLOS ONE 13/4 2019-09-17
2018 Dóra Szabó, Ádám Miklósi, Enikő Kubinyi
Owner reported sensory impairments affect behavioural signs associated with cognitive decline in dogs
published pages: 354-360, ISSN: 0376-6357, DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.07.013
Behavioural Processes 157 2019-09-17

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