Our lab is specialized in analyzing hormones in laboratory, domestic, and wild animals, although we process human samples as well. We offer a range of enzyme immunoassays (EIA) and radioimmunoassays (RIA) for androgen, estrogen, corticosteroids, melatonin, oxytocin, mesotocin, and more hormones in a number of biological matrices including plasma, saliva, urine, faeces, feathers, eggs, and other tissues. In addition, we develop assays on request for specific species or samples including validation.
If you are interested in collaborating with us in a project involving hormone measurements, please contact us before the beginning of the sample collection.
Responsable Scientist: Virginie Canoine
Some representative publications
Bowling, D.L., Gahr, J., Ancochea, P.G., Hoeschele, M., Canoine, V., Fusani, L. and Fitch, W.T., 2022. Endogenous oxytocin, cortisol, and testosterone in response to group singing. Hormones and behavior, 139, p.105105. DOI
Costanzo, A., Ambrosini, R., Parolini, M., Caprioli, M., Secomandi, S., Rubolini, D., Fusani, L. and Canoine, V., 2021. Telomere shortening is associated with corticosterone stress response in adult barn swallows. Current Zoology. DOI
Stocker, M., Prosl, J., Vanhooland, L.C., Horn, L., Bugnyar, T., Canoine, V. and Massen, J.J., 2021. Measuring salivary mesotocin in birds-Seasonal differences in ravens’ peripheral mesotocin levels. Hormones and behavior, 134, p.105015. DOI
Huber, N., Canoine, V., Cornils, J. S., Maggini, I., Cardinale, M., Ruf, T. & Fusani, L. 2020. Leukocyte coping capacity as a complementary stress metric in migrating birds. Journal of Ornithology, 161, pp.909–913. DOI
Lupi, S., Canoine, V., Pedrini, P. and Fusani, L., 2019. Temporary caging results in reduced levels of circulating melatonin in migratory robins. Journal of Experimental Biology, 222(24). DOI
Huber, N., Fusani, L., Ferretti, A., Mahr, K. and Canoine, V., 2017. Measuring short-term stress in birds: Comparing different endpoints of the endocrine-immune interface. Physiology & Behavior, 182, pp.46-53. DOI