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See detailFranz Thedieck (1900-1995): ein deutscher Beamter im 20. Jahrhundert
Brüll, Christoph ULiege

Scientific conference (2012, December 12)

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See detailCoastal pollution of the Mediterranean and extension of its biomonitoring to trace elements of emerging concern
Richir, Jonathan ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2012)

The Mediterranean Sea, a semi-enclosed sea with densely populated coasts, is submitted to numerous anthropogenic pressures: among them, the chemical pollution by traces elements. These pollutants, coming ... [more ▼]

The Mediterranean Sea, a semi-enclosed sea with densely populated coasts, is submitted to numerous anthropogenic pressures: among them, the chemical pollution by traces elements. These pollutants, coming from our continental activities, are transported through rivers or by air and accumulate in seas and oceans where they mainly affect coastal areas. During the 70ies, scientists suggested to use organisms, in particular mussels of the genus Mytilus, in order to evaluate the status of chemical contamination of coastal ecosystems. Biomonitoring was born. Since, many monitoring studies were published using various animal and vegetal species. Two of the most studied bioindicators species in the Mediterranean are the marine magnoliophyte Posidonia oceanica and the Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis. Monitoring studies with these two species have mainly focussed on contaminations by Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb (Mytilus galloprovincialis and Posidonia oceanica), Fe (Posidonia oceanica), As, V and Ag (Mytilus galloprovincialis). However, other trace elements like Be, Al, Mn, Co, Se, Mo, Sn, Sb and Bi have been subject to nearly no ecotoxicological survey. Furthermore the worldwide evolution of our technologies and of our lifestyle increases the extraction and production of trace elements (notably to answer needs of developing countries). The biomonitoring of the pollution by trace elements is henceforth a topical subject. The overall objective of this work was therefore to evaluate the potential use of Mytilus galloprovincialis and Posidonia oceanica as bioindicators to monitor the Mediterranean coastal pollution by Be, Al, Mn, Co, Se, Mo, Sn, Sb, Bi, Fe, As, V, and Ag. These trace elements, mostly little studied, can be categorized as elements of “environmental emerging concern”. A time-integrated efficient monitoring of trace elements requires the continuous survey of their environmental levels; we therefore also measured levels of trace elements classically monitored with these two species. Mytilus galloprovincialis and Posidonia oceanica complement each other in monitoring surveys. Both species accumulate pollutants dissolved in the water column. Posidonia oceanica, rooted in the seafloor, accumulates moreover pollutants stored in sediments in the long term. Mytilus galloprovincialis, as a filter feeder, further accumulate particulate pollutants suspended in the water column. The combined use of both bioindicators therefore provides a global view of the health status of the coastal environment (water, sediments, suspended matter). Our first goal was to measure, at the scale of the French Mediterranean littoral, the spatial variability of trace element contents in Posidonia oceanica, and to determine if trace elements of environmental emerging concern threaten the chemical integrity of coastal ecosystems. We observed that the large majority of trace elements little or no monitored with Posidonia oceanica showed an equivalent to higher spatial variability than elements classically monitored with that species. We also showed that the spatial variability could be associated to specific anthropic activities like agriculture (Mo), mining (Sb), storage and refinement of oil products (V), or the presence of harbours and major urban centres (Sn, Bi). Their monitoring, along with the one of trace elements classically studied in the Mediterranean, turns out to be essential. In addition, the in-depth study of the contamination state of the Calvi Bay (Northwestern coast of Corsica, France), enabled us to define (or re-define) this site as a reference site for the monitoring of the chemical pollution by trace elements in the Northwestern Mediterranean. We further studied the physiological mechanisms of accumulation, storage and excretion of trace elements by Posidonia oceanica. In situ contamination of seagrass bed portions allowed us to model the rapid kinetics of accumulation of contaminants by Posidonia oceanica shoots. Compartments of the plant answered differently to pollutant exposures. So, adult and senescent leaves assimilated pollutants less rapidly than young actively growing leaves. Trace elements, once accumulated, could be redistributed between the plant compartments, notably towards the rhizomes-roots systems buried in sediments. Our results experimentally showed that these below-ground organs could therefore play the role of biological archives for many elements. At the end of periods of exposure to pollutants, kinetics of decontaminations of Posidonia oceanica shoots were relatively fast and depended notably on the duration of the exposure to trace elements, on their toxic or essential character and on the studied compartment. We concluded that Posidonia oceanica was a sensitive bioindicator for the monitoring of the past and present coastal pollution by trace elements. We showed that Mytilus galloprovincialis efficiently accumulated trace elements of environmental emerging concern as well as elements classically studied with this bioindicator species. The physiology of mussels further conditioned their answers to pollutant exposures. Their reproductive cycle dissolved trace element concentrations during the massive production of gametes and conducted to differences more or less important between individuals of both sexes. The conservative character of the distribution of trace elements between the different body compartments of Mytilus galloprovincialis suggested an important physiological regulation of their internal levels. Finally, the size of mussels used in this study, harvested from an aquaculture farm, did not noticeably influence inter-individual concentrations, all mussels of a same rope having approximately the same age. In conclusion, this study enabled to improve and enlarge our state of knowledge about the monitoring of the pollution of the Mediterranean coastal environment by trace elements. In particular, both Mytilus galloprovincialis and Posidonia oceanica showed to be good candidates for the monitoring of trace elements of environmental emerging concern. [less ▲]

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See detailLa voix juste: la science au service du chant
Larrouy, Pauline ULiege; Morsomme, Dominique ULiege

Scientific conference (2012, December 12)

Le chant est une activité largement répandue et partagée. Afin de déterminer si une performance vocale est « juste » ou « fausse », de mieux comprendre les causes d’un trouble de justesse ou encore de ... [more ▼]

Le chant est une activité largement répandue et partagée. Afin de déterminer si une performance vocale est « juste » ou « fausse », de mieux comprendre les causes d’un trouble de justesse ou encore de porter un jugement sur la qualité d’un chanteur, des outils d’évaluation sont nécessaires. Quatre études réalisées dans le cadre d’une thèse de Doctorat permettent de valider une méthode objective d’analyse de la justesse mais aussi d’observer les effets à prendre en compte pour une évaluation pertinente de la justesse vocale. Dans un premier temps, l’analyse de mélodies chantées par des chanteurs entraînés et non entraînés nous a permis de mettre au point une méthode d’évaluation objective de la justesse vocale sur base d’analyses acoustiques. La confrontation de cette méthode objective avec le jugement d’experts en voix ou en musique nous a permis d’affiner les critères à prendre en compte dans l’évaluation objective de la justesse. Dans un second temps, nous avons observé les effets du contexte d’évaluation et de la technique vocale sur l’évaluation de la justesse vocale. Les différents résultats mettent en évidence la possibilité d’analyser objectivement une performance vocale chantée mais également la complexité du processus de jugement. Les perspectives expérimentales, artistiques et pédagogiques seront discutées à la lumière des conclusions de ces études. [less ▲]

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See detailIterative ecological radiation and convergence in damselfishes (Pomacentridae)
Frederich, Bruno ULiege

Scientific conference (2012, December 12)

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See detailInterpretation of time-lapse geophysical data: insights from case studies
Nguyen, Frédéric ULiege

Scientific conference (2012, December 12)

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See detailDetection of specific nitrated markers
REGINSTER, Jean-Yves ULiege; DEBERG, Michelle ULiege; Henrotin, Yves ULiege et al

Patent (2012)

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See detailInnovative Surface Plasmon Resonance biosensing architectures
Desfours, Caroline; Piron, Pierre ULiege; Habraken, Serge ULiege et al

Conference (2012, December 11)

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures involving multi-wavelength interrogation are an attractive alternative for droplet biosensing. We present our results for in situ measurements of biological ... [more ▼]

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures involving multi-wavelength interrogation are an attractive alternative for droplet biosensing. We present our results for in situ measurements of biological molecules with a two-wavelength sensor and a SPR Coupler-Disperser spectroscopic sensor. [less ▲]

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See detailSections efficaces de production de rayonnement gamma sur Li et F
Debande, Vivien; Chene, Grégoire ULiege; Strivay, David ULiege

Poster (2012, December 11)

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See detailEn attendant la fin des temps: deux espèces d'apocalypticiens
Claisse, Frédéric ULiege

Article for general public (2012)

A l'approche de la date fatidique du 21 décembre 2012, l'article revient sur la posture "catastrophiste" en insistant sur le rôle de la fiction et de l'imagination dans nos stratégies collectives d ... [more ▼]

A l'approche de la date fatidique du 21 décembre 2012, l'article revient sur la posture "catastrophiste" en insistant sur le rôle de la fiction et de l'imagination dans nos stratégies collectives d'évitement du pire. Assimilés à tort aux prophètes de malheur, les auteurs de dystopie comme Orwell ou Huxley ne nous décrivent l'avènement d'une menace que pour mieux la conjurer. Sans cette espèce d' "apocalypticiens prophylactiques", comme se décrivait Günther Anders, il est probable que notre capacité à penser la catastrophe serait sérieusement atrophiée. [less ▲]

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See detailAteliers "L'activité un prisme multifacettes": L'institution, fin de la vie active ?
Adam, Stéphane ULiege

Conference (2012, December 11)

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See detailNeurostimulation et céphalées
MAGIS, Delphine ULiege

Scientific conference (2012, December 11)

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See detailQuel sens donner à l’activité et quel type d’activité pour nos aînés ?
Adam, Stéphane ULiege

Conference (2012, December 11)

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See detailCapacité d'ingestion et variation des réserves corporelles chez la vache laitière au cours de la lactation
Beckers, Yves ULiege; Bastin, Catherine ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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See detailIMPACT DE LA STEAM EXPLOSION ET DE L’HOMOGENEISATION SUR LES PROPRIETES PHYSICOCHIMIQUES ET L’HYDROLYSE ENZYMATIQUE DE LA CELLULOSE
Jacquet, Nicolas ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2012)

In the economic and energetic context of our society, it is universally recognized that an alternative to fossil fuels and oil based product will be needed in the nearest future. A potential solution is ... [more ▼]

In the economic and energetic context of our society, it is universally recognized that an alternative to fossil fuels and oil based product will be needed in the nearest future. A potential solution is to develop second generation biofuel and biobased product that utilizes non-food plant materials. The major component of these materials is lignocellulose, which is a complex composed by widely available biological polymers such as cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin. This thesis is a part of this approach and is focused on a well-define part of these materials: the cellulose. The first part of this work was focused on the impact of two pretraitements (steam explosion and homogenization) on physico-chemical properties and hydrolysis yield of pure cellulose fiber. In contrast with literature, results obtained showed that moderate steam explosion treatments did not appear to improve the enzymatic hydrolysis yield of the cellulose fibers. In Parralel, a model that predicts the effect of the intensity of the steam explosion treatment in correlation with temperature and time was assessed. Links between this model and the evolution physico-chemical properties of the cellulose during pretreatment and cellulose hydrolysis yield were established In a second way, a theoretical diagram predicting the degradation of the cellulose during the steam explosion treatment was established. Regarding the homogenization, it was shown that homogenization increase significatively the cellulose hydrolysis (from 25 to 100%). Results highlights potential of this technology to be used as a pretreatment Finally, enzymatic hydrolysis step has been studied in order to improve cellulose hydrolysis and to obtain high concentrated hydrolysate. In this way, two methods based on successive addition of enzyme and substrate were assessed [less ▲]

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See detailExtending Donor Pool with Donation after Cardiac Death in Kidney and Liver Transplantation:What is the Price to Pay?
Le Dinh, Hieu ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Through a series of clinical studies, this thesis aims to clarify the contribution of donation after cardiac death (DCD) to the deceased donor (DD) pool and results of kidney and liver transplantation ... [more ▼]

Through a series of clinical studies, this thesis aims to clarify the contribution of donation after cardiac death (DCD) to the deceased donor (DD) pool and results of kidney and liver transplantation coming from this donor source in Liège and Belgium. Additionally, an adapted DCD Maastricht classification is also discussed. Chapters 2.1 and 2.2 summarize the DCD procurement and transplant activity in Liège and Belgium from 2000 to 2009 with an update on data up to 2011. In Liège, DCD really contributes to the DD pool and boosts the transplant activity of the center in both kidneys and livers by on average 30%. By contrast, the steady rise in DCD activity in Belgium does not lead to major increase in the DD donation and transplantation. In other words, some kind of donor-type redistribution within the DD pool might occur. Chapters 2.2, 3.1, and 3.2 discuss the results of kidney transplantation (KT) from DCD. We demonstrate that Liège‟s experience is comparable to the national level in Belgium and does not differ from the general results in the world with regard to early graft dysfunction, medium-term graft function, graft and patient survival. The excellent results of DCD-KT are attributed to the relatively short warm and cold ischemia, favorable donor factors, and the role of hypothermic machine perfusion (in Belgian series). Chapters 4.1, and 4.2 discuss the results of liver transplantation (LT) from DCD. Liège‟s results are encouraging and apparently as good as those from donation-after-brain-death LT because of short warm and cold ischemia times. Belgian results show an increased incidence of primary non-function and ischemic cholangiopathy which is in agreement with previously published data. Chapter 5 proposes an adapted DCD Maastricht classification which maintains the original categories 1 to 4 that are now well-known and widely accepted, and adds a fifth category, so-called „DCD after euthanasia‟. Each category is divided into two or three sub-categories: sub-category A is linked to longer warm ischemia (and worse results) than sub-category B; and B versus C, respectively. In addition, sub-categories A (2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A) are mostly linked to DCD processes occurring in the ICU, which helps to understand and memorize this classification. By keeping the original skeleton of the 1995 Maastricht classification, room is left to add new sub-categories in the future, if deemed clinically relevant. [less ▲]

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See detailThe cause of atypical myopathy in grazing European horses revealed
Votion, Dominique ULiege

Scientific conference (2012, December 11)

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See detailUne sociologie de la création sans créationnisme
Saint-Amand, Denis ULiege

Conference (2012, December 11)

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