Dr Pierpaolo Di Giminiani
- Telephone: +44 (0191) 2083337
- Personal Website: https://twitter.com/pier_pain
- Address: School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
Newcastle upon Tyne
I have been interested in ethology throughout my academic career. Following my undergraduate studies, I decided to channel my scientific interest into applied aspects of animal behaviour and welfare by undertaking an MSc in Applied Biology at Linkoping University in Sweden. As part of my graduate research experience, I investigated the cognitive impairment caused by anaesthetic protocols in rodents. My doctorate at Aarhus University in Denmark focused on the assessment of behavioural measures of pain in pigs as a result of cutaneous inflammation. I have joined Newcastle University to continue investigating pain in pigs in relation to the practice of tail docking.
PhD Animal Science from Aarhus University (Denmark)
MSc Applied Biology from Linkoping University (Sweden)
BSc Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California in San Diego (United States)
I am currently investigating changes in pain perception in pigs following tail docking and tail biting. The project is based on a partnership comprising several European institutions and sponsored by the Animal Health and Welfare Era-Net initiative through BBSRC and Defra.
More information on the project can be found at www.farewelldock.eu
ACE 3022 - Animal Welfare and EnvironmentPostgraduate
ACE8102 - Experimental Design and statistics for animal based research
- Herskin MS, Di Giminiani P. Pain in pigs: Characterisation, mechanisms and indicators. In: Marek Spinka, ed. Advances in Pig Welfare. Woodhead Publishing, 2018, pp.325-355.
- Di Giminiani P, Edwards SA, Malcolm EM, Leach MC, Herskin MS, Sandercock DA. Characterization of short- and long-term mechanical sensitisation following surgical tail amputation in pigs. Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 4827.
- Sandercock DA, Coe JE, Di Giminiani P, Edwards SA. Determination of stable reference genes for RT-qPCR expression data in mechanistic pain studies on pig dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord. Research in Veterinary Science 2017, 114, 493-501.
- Di Giminiani P, Nasirahmadi A, Malcolm EM, Leach MC, Edwards SA. Docking piglet tails: How much does it hurt and for how long?. Physiology and Behaviour 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Herskin M, DiGiminiani P. Pigs in pain - causes, mechanisms, and possibilities for future development. In: American Society of Animal Science. 2017, Omaha, Nebraska.
- Ison SH, Clutton ER, DiGiminiani P, Rutherford KMD. A Review of Pain Assessment in Pigs. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 2016, 3, 108.
- DiGiminiani P, Sandercock DA, Malcolm EM, Leach MC, Herskin MS, Edwards SA. Application of a handheld Pressure Application Measurement device for the characterisation of mechanical nociceptive thresholds in intact pig tails. Physiology & Behavior 2016, 165, 119-126.
- DiGiminiani P, Scollo A, Gottardo F, Edwards SA, Leach MC. Development of a piglet grimace scale to assess tail docking and castration pain. In: Recent advances in animal welfare science V: UFAW Animal Welfare Conference. 2016, York. Submitted.
- Herskin MS, DiGiminiani P, Thodberg K. Effects of administration of a local anaesthetic and/or an NSAID and of docking length on the behaviour of piglets during five hours after tail docking. Research in Veterinary Science 2016, (ePub ahead of Print).
- Sandercock DA, Smith SH, DiGiminiani P, Edwards SA. Histopathological characterization of tail injury and traumatic neuroma development after tail docking in piglets. Journal of Comparative Pathology 2016, 155(1), 40-49.
- Di Giminiani P, Malcolm EL, Leach MC, Herskin MS, Sandercock DA, Edwards SA. Temporal changes in mechanical nociceptive thresholds in juvenile pigs subjected to surgical tail amputation: a model of injury induced by tail biting. In: 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress. 2016, Dublin, Ireland.
- Di Giminiani P, Brierley VLMH, Scollo A, Gottardo F, Malcolm EM, Edwards SA, Leach MC. The Assessment of Facial Expressions in Piglets Undergoing Tail Docking and Castration: Toward the Development of the Piglet Grimace Scale. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 2016, 3, 100.
- Di Giminiani P, Sandercock DA, Malcolm EL, Leach MC, Edwards SA. Assessment of immediate and long-term changes in pain sensitivity following tail-docking in pigs. In: RSPCA/AHVLA Meeting on Welfare of Agricultural Animals in Research. 2015, England, UK.
- Di Giminiani P, Stausholm JS, Viitasaari E, Petersen LJ, Herskin MS. The effect of social isolation, gender and familiarity with the experimental procedure on tests of porcine nociceptive thresholds. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 2015, 42(6), 648-656.
- Di Giminiani P, Petersen LJ, Herskin MS. Capsaicin-induced neurogenic inflammation in pig skin: A behavioural study. Research in Veterinary Science 2014, 96(3), 447-453.
- Di Giminiani P, Petersen LJ, Herskin MS. Characterization of nociceptive behavioural responses in the awake pig following UV–B-induced inflammation. European Journal of Pain 2014, 18(1), 20-28.
- Di Giminiani P, Petersen LJ, Herskin MS. Nociceptive responses to thermal and mechanical stimulations in awake pigs. European Journal of Pain 2013, 17(5), 638-648.
- Herskin MS, DiGiminiani P, Damgaard BM, Thodberg K. Acute behavioural responses to tail docking in piglets – Effects of increasing docking length?. Scandinavian Journal of Pain 2012, 3(3), 185-186.
- Herskin MS, Di Giminiani P, Damgaard BM, Thodberg K. Tail docking in piglets – Does increased docking length lead to increased behavioural responses?. In: 14th World Congress on Pain. 2012, Milan, Italy: International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
- DiGiminiani P, Petersen LJ, Herskin MS. Validation of a porcine behavioural model of UVB induced inflammatory pain. In: 14th World Congress on Pain. 2012, Milan, Italy: International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
- Di Giminiani P, Viitasaari E, Herskin MS. Assessment of mechanical pain sensitivity in the pig's tail. In: 5th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level (WAFL 2011). 2011, Guelph, Canada: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
- Valentim AMV, DiGiminiani P, Ribeiro P, Rodrigues P, Olsson AI, Antunes L. Lower Isoflurane Concentration Affects Spatial Learning and Neurodegeneration in Adult Mice Compared with Higher Concentrations. Anesthesiology 2010, 113(5), 1099-1108.