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See detailContribution of donors after cardiac death to the deceased donor pool: 2002 to 2009 university of liege experience.
Ledinh, H.; Meurisse, Nicolas ULg; Delbouille, Michèle ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2010), 42(10), 4369-72

OBJECTIVE: In this study, we have evaluated the organ procurement and transplantation activity from donors after cardiac death (DCD) at our institution over an 8-year period. Our aim was to determine ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: In this study, we have evaluated the organ procurement and transplantation activity from donors after cardiac death (DCD) at our institution over an 8-year period. Our aim was to determine whether this program influenced transplantation programs, or donation after brain death (DBD) activity. METHODS: We prospectively collected our procurement and transplantation statistics in a database for retrospective review. RESULTS: We observed an increasing trend in potential and actual DCD number. The mean conversion rate turning potential into effective donors was 58.1%. DCD accounted for 16.6% of the deceased donor (DD) pool over 8 years. The mean age for effective DCD donors was 53.9 years (range, 3-79). Among the effective donors, 63.3% (n = 31) came from the transplant center and 36.7% (n = 18) were referred from collaborative hospitals. All donors were Maastricht III category. The number of kidney and liver transplants using DCD sources tended to increase. DCD kidney transplants represented 10.8% of the DD kidney pool and DCD liver transplants made up 13.9% of the DD liver pool over 8 years. The DBD program activity increased in the same time period. In 2009, 17 DCD and 33 DBD procurements were performed in a region with a little >1 million inhabitants. CONCLUSION: The establishment of a DCD program in our institution enlarged the donor pool and did not compromise the development of the DBD program. In our experience, DCD are a valuable source for abdominal organ transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailRelating Jupiter's auroral features to magnetospheric sources
Vogt, Marissa F.; Kivelson, Margaret G.; Khurana, Krishan K. et al

Poster (2010, December)

In order to understand the physical processes that produce the various auroral features we must first understand how the auroral emissions are linked to magnetospheric sources. However, magnetic mapping ... [more ▼]

In order to understand the physical processes that produce the various auroral features we must first understand how the auroral emissions are linked to magnetospheric sources. However, magnetic mapping of Jupiter’s polar auroral emissions to equatorial regions in which source currents are plausibly generated is highly uncertain because the available field models are inaccurate beyond ~30 Jovian radii. We have related auroral features to their magnetospheric sources through a flux equivalence calculation, where we require that the magnetic flux in some specified region at the equator equals the magnetic flux in the area to which it links in the ionosphere. This approach is preferred to tracing model field lines for mapping the auroral polar regions, because the latter method is inaccurate at large distances. Here we present our results, highlighting new mappings for the southern hemisphere, and will compare our mapping to auroral observations from both hemispheres. In particular we relate equatorial regions in which reconnection events have been identified with the locations of polar dawn spots and other possible auroral signatures of tail reconnection. We find that the mapping reproduces several other key auroral features. The polar auroral active region maps to just outside the dayside magnetopause, a region that we identify as the Jovian polar cusp. The polar auroral swirl region maps to open tail field lines and is interpreted as the Jovian polar cap. These interpretations are consistent with some earlier predictions based on auroral observations. We identify the boundary between open and closed flux in the ionosphere, which previously was not well defined. We show that the magnetic flux through the regions interpreted as the polar caps in both hemispheres closely matches the estimated flux through the tail lobe, consistent with the suggestion that this area maps to open field lines. [less ▲]

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See detailRenal transplantation from living related donors: a single center experience in viet nam.
Ledinh, H.; Detry, Olivier ULg; Pham, M. S. et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2010), 42(10), 4389-91

INTRODUCTION: End-stage renal disease is a major public health problem in Viet Nam. A cooperative project between the University of Liege, Belgium, and the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, Ho Chi ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: End-stage renal disease is a major public health problem in Viet Nam. A cooperative project between the University of Liege, Belgium, and the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, has permitted the establishment of an autonomous program of renal transplantation from living-related donors at the Peoples' Hospital No 115. The aim of this paper was to report the primary results of the project and to draw conclusions for the future. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2004 to July 2008, we performed 33 living-related renal transplantations. Mean ages of donors and recipients were 31.8 +/- 9.5 and 41.6 +/- 13.5 years, respectively. Laparoscopic nephrectomy was performed in 6 donors. The immunosuppressive regimen consisted of three drugs associated with induction therapy using anti-interleukin-2 receptor monoclonal antibody. RESULTS: The 33 donors are in good health at follow-up. Four developed major intra- or postoperative hemorrhage necessitating transfusion, with a surgical re-exploration in 1 donor. Wound infection occurred in 2 donors. Posttransplant recipient and graft survivals at 1 versus 3 years were 82% and 73% versus 82% and 65%, respectively. Eight recipients presented 13 biopsy-proven acute rejection episodes that were reversible in 7, but 1 patient lost his graft due to an irreversible rejection. Two recipients developed cancer. CONCLUSIONS: These initial results have encouraged us to continue the program of renal transplantation from living-related donors. However, they also pointed out the need to develop other donor sources. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of ship impact on lock gates - Seine-Escaut Est waterway
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Mathematical Modelling in Civil Engineering (2010), 6(4), 43-55

This paper presents a ship impact analysis on lock gates. The case study is the downstream lock gates of the one of the four new locks planned within the framework of the “Seine-Escaut Est (SEE)” project ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a ship impact analysis on lock gates. The case study is the downstream lock gates of the one of the four new locks planned within the framework of the “Seine-Escaut Est (SEE)” project in the Walloon Region of Belgium. The design and optimization process of the gate was realized with the LBR5 lock gate optimization software considering the cost and weight aspects of the structure. This method led to an optimized solution of the lock gate on which further studies were concentrated. After a brief overview of the state of art of ship impact analysis on lock gates, it was decided to perform a quasi-static analysis by finite elements. The non linear finite elements software FINELG was used to conduct a non linear numerical analysis of the effect of a boat impact on the gate. Several analyses were performed that highlighted the influence of the stiffener dimensions and the influence of the impact zone on the gate structural behavior submitted to impact. Finally, two different behaviors have been distinguished, a ductile one and a fragile one. The results showed the importance of the development of a global plastic mechanism, thanks to a ductile behavior, with the purpose of dissipating a large amount of energy. [less ▲]

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See detailOrgan donation in Belgium 2009: 20% of donation after cardiocirculatory death.
Detry, Olivier ULg; Troisi, Roberto

in Transplantation Proceedings (2010), 42(10), 4365-6

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See detailDiscovery of pulsed polar flares in the Jovian aurorae
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Vogt, M~F; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Poster (2010, December)

The most active part of the aurora at Jupiter is certainly the polar region, i.e. the emissions located poleward of the main auroral oval. This region is known to occasionally show localized but dramatic ... [more ▼]

The most active part of the aurora at Jupiter is certainly the polar region, i.e. the emissions located poleward of the main auroral oval. This region is known to occasionally show localized but dramatic enhancements of its brightness, referred to as polar flares. These emissions have been associated with the polar cusp, based on their location in the polar cap. In summer 2009, right after the refurbishment of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph camera, the Hubble Space Telescope acquired the longest high-time resolution sequence ever of images of the Jovian aurora. We report the first observations of a quasi-periodicity in the occurrence of these flares, with a timescale of ~2-3 minutes. By using a magnetic flux mapping model, we show that these features originate from a region located at a radial distance ranging from 80 to 100 Jovian radii and local times between 10:00 and 15:00. As a consequence, by analogy with similar behaviors observed in the Earth aurora, we suggest that these emissions could be attributed to pulsed reconnections in the dayside magnetopause. [less ▲]

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See detailBressol et Chaverot: la non décision de la Cour de Justice de l'UE
Defossez, Alexandre ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2010), 42

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See detailRapport 2010- Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Amrane, Amirouche ULg; Thiry

Report (2010)

Un logiciel appelé EOL-OS a été développé dans le cadre des WP4 et 5 du projet « Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne ». Cet outil informatique est essentiellement ... [more ▼]

Un logiciel appelé EOL-OS a été développé dans le cadre des WP4 et 5 du projet « Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne ». Cet outil informatique est essentiellement destiné au dimensionnement et à l’optimisation structurelle des éoliennes offshores de type monopile en acier. Toutefois, lors des développements effectués dans le courant du second semestre de l’année 2010, son application aux éoliennes onshore en acier a été rendue également possible. Ce document s’inscrit dans la continuité du rapport technique semestriel S1 de 2010. Il est laissé au lecteur le soin de se référer à ce dernier pour ce qui concerne la nomenclature utilisée pour décrire les structures étudiées ainsi que le détail des modules implémentés au terme des 6 premiers mois de 2010. La première partie du présent rapport concerne les développements effectués sur le logiciel EOL-OS et se focalise en particulier sur les modules implémentés dans le courant du semestre S2 de 2010. La seconde partie traite des résultats d’optimisation obtenus au terme des différentes simulations et tirent des conclusions générales sur le dimensionnement des structures support des éoliennes. [less ▲]

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See detailA GPS/GNSS dense network used to monitor ionospheric positioning error
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Lejeune, Sandrine; Warnant, René ULg

Poster (2010, December)

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See detailContract 21539/08/NL/SFe - Advancement of mechanical verification methods for non-linear spacecraft: Nonlinearity identification methods: predictive analyses
Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg

Report (2010)

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of nonlinear system identification techniques to spacecraft structures. To this end, numerical experiments carried out using the finite ... [more ▼]

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of nonlinear system identification techniques to spacecraft structures. To this end, numerical experiments carried out using the finite element model of the SmallSat spacecraft are used, without, however, having access to the model itself. The constraints imposed by the considered techniques for breadboard testing are also highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailConsensus in non-commutative spaces
Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Sarlette, Alain ULg; Rouchon, Pierre

in Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2010, December)

Convergence analysis of consensus algorithms is revisited in the light of the Hilbert distance. The Lyapunov function used in the early analysis by Tsitsiklis is shown to be the Hilbert distance to ... [more ▼]

Convergence analysis of consensus algorithms is revisited in the light of the Hilbert distance. The Lyapunov function used in the early analysis by Tsitsiklis is shown to be the Hilbert distance to consensus in log coordinates. Birkhoff theorem, which proves contraction of the Hilbert metric for any positive homogeneous monotone map, provides an early yet general convergence result for consensus algorithms. Because Birkhoff theorem holds in arbitrary cones, we extend consensus algorithms to the cone of positive definite matrices. The proposed generalization finds applications in the convergence analysis of quantum stochastic maps, which are a generalization of stochastic maps to non-commutative probability spaces. [less ▲]

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See detailSustainable social enterprise : model and development strategy
Phang, Hanam; Eum, Hyung Sik ULg

Report (2010)

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See detailReal-time synchronization feedbacks for single-atom frequency standards: V- and Lambda-structure systems
Mirrahimi, Mazyar; Sarlette, Alain ULg; Rouchon, Pierre

in Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2010, December)

This paper proposes simple feedback loops, inspired from extremum-seeking, that use the photon emission times of a single quantum system following quantum Monte-Carlo trajectories in order to lock in real ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes simple feedback loops, inspired from extremum-seeking, that use the photon emission times of a single quantum system following quantum Monte-Carlo trajectories in order to lock in real time a probe frequency to the system’s transition frequency. Two specific settings are addressed: a 3-level system coupling one ground to two excited states (one highly unstable and one metastable) and a 3-level system coupling one excited to two ground states (both metastable). Analytical proofs and simulations show the accurate and robust convergence of probe frequency to system-transition frequency in the two cases. [less ▲]

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See detailLe mythe de la jeunesse : Sartre et les générations des Trente Glorieuses
Sindaco, Sarah ULg

Article for general public (2010)

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See detailDiagnosis and Screening for Cytomegalovirus Infection in Pregnant Women in Cuba as Pronostic Markers of Congenital Infection in Newborns: 2007-2008
Kouri, Vivian; Correa, Consuelo B; Verdasquera, Denis et al

in The Pediatrics Infectious Disease Journal (2010), 29(12), 1105-1110

Background: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has established itself as the most significant cause of congenital infection in the developed world. The objective of this research was prenatal identification of ... [more ▼]

Background: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has established itself as the most significant cause of congenital infection in the developed world. The objective of this research was prenatal identification of pregnant women at risk for developing active infection due to HCMV as well as to diagnose congenitally infected newborns. Methods: A diagnostic algorithm based on specific immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgM, and, IgG avidity was used to screen serum from 1131 pregnant women enrolled prospectively from 3 municipalities from Havana City, Cuba during 2007–2008. Qualitative multiplex nested PCR and quantitative real time-based PCR testing for HCMV DNA were performed on urine and saliva specimens from women detected with active infection and from their newborns. Results: Most women were seropositive to HCMV (92.7%), with 2.38% (27 women) having active infection. Primary infection was detected in 20 pregnant women (1.77%) while 7 patients (0.62%) had active nonprimary infection. HCMV DNA was detected in specimens from 9 of the 27 pregnant women by both PCR methods. HCMV congenital infection was diagnosed in 12 (1.06%) of the 26 live children born from 25 mothers with active infection, for a vertical transmission rate of 46.2%. Two fetal deaths were reported from 2 women with active infection; furthermore 2 newborns were symptomatic at birth and 2 showed sequelae during the follow-up done until 6 months age. Conclusions: Mothers with active infection during the pregnancy and with HCMV excretion had significant risks, RR = 1.16 and RR = 1.35, respectively, to have congenitally infected children. [less ▲]

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See detailEsthétique de la métamorphose (expo MOEBIUS-TRANS-FORME)
Hagelstein, Maud ULg

in Culture, le magazine culturel de l'Université de Liège (2010)

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See detailPattern of early eukaryote evolution in Precambrian oceans
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

Poster (2010, December)

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See detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage de G. Sena Chiesa (dir.), Gemme dei Civici Musei d’Arte di Verona
Veymiers, Richard ULg

in Bryn Mawr Classical Review [=BMCR] (2010), 2010.12.33

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See detailL2MA-2 Langage oral, langage écrit, mémoire, attention
Chevrie-Muller, Claude; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Simon, Anne-Marie et al

Book published by ECPA (2010)

Batterie d'évaluation du langage oral et écrit destinée aux enfants de CE1 (2ème primaire) à la 6ème.

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See detailNightglow investigation around 1.27 µm with VIRTIS/Venus-Express
Migliorini, A.; Piccioni, G.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2010, December)

In this study we report about the investigation of the spectral region 1.22-1.32 µm of the night side of Venus, observed by the VIRTIS instrument (Visible and InfraRed Spectral Imaging Spectrometer) on ... [more ▼]

In this study we report about the investigation of the spectral region 1.22-1.32 µm of the night side of Venus, observed by the VIRTIS instrument (Visible and InfraRed Spectral Imaging Spectrometer) on board the Venus Express spacecraft. This spectral region is characterized by the presence of the extensively studied (a1Δg – X3Σg-) (0,0) O2 nightglow band, the most intense emission observed on the night side of Venus. However, the comparison between data and synthetic spectra from the (0,0) band only, lacks a good match at wavelengths longer than 1.27 μm, especially in the region around 1.28-1.29 μm. The effects of temperature, CO2 and the (8,5) OH emission at 1.28 µm were investigated as a possible cause to the spectral disagreement, but they all are not enough to explain the observed difference. Instrumental effects were also excluded as possible cause of the mismatch. We found that the inclusion of the (1,1) band O2 emission in the synthetic spectra, originating from the upper vibrational level ν=1 of the (a1Δg – X3Σg-) transition centered at 1.28 μm, in addition to the (0,0), significantly improves the agreement between simulated spectra and observed data in the region at 1.28-1.29 μm. A synthetic spectrum, including the (0,0) and the (1,1) is produced and compared to 4 observed VIRTIS spectra, as an example. From the analyzed data, it results that the (1,1) band with an intensity ranging from the 8 to 15% of the (0,0) band is required to best reproduce the observed VIRTIS spectra. This corresponds to a (1,1) band intensity equal to 3.1-5.8 MR, in limb view, in agreement with the upper limit set by Connes et al., (1979), on their ground-based observations of the oxygen nightglow of Venus. [less ▲]

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