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See detailEnseignement des langues étrangères et interculturalité (Cycle de conférences)
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2012, October)

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See detailA review of dietary and non-dietary exposure to bisphenol-A.
Geens, Tinne; Aerts, Dominique; Berthot, Carl et al

in Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association (2012), 50(10), 3725-40

Due to the large number of applications of bisphenol-A (BPA), the human exposure routes are multiple. We aimed to review shortly the food and non-food sources of BPA, and to evaluate their contribution to ... [more ▼]

Due to the large number of applications of bisphenol-A (BPA), the human exposure routes are multiple. We aimed to review shortly the food and non-food sources of BPA, and to evaluate their contribution to the human exposure. Food sources discussed here include epoxy resins, polycarbonate and other applications, such as paperboard and polyvinylchloride materials. Among the non-food sources, exposures through dust, thermal paper, dental materials, and medical devices were summarized. Based on the available data for these exposure sources, it was concluded that the exposure to BPA from non-food sources is generally lower than that from exposure from food by at least one order of magnitude for most studied subgroups. The use of urinary concentrations from biomonitoring studies was evaluated and the back-calculation of BPA intake seems reliable for the overall exposure assessment. In general, the total exposure to BPA is several orders of magnitude lower than the current tolerable daily intake of 50 mug/kg bw/day. Finally, the paper concludes with some critical remarks and recommendations on future human exposure studies to BPA. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic behaviour of soft ferromagnetic alloys attached to bulk (RE)BCO superconductors
Philippe, Matthieu ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Dennis, Anthony et al

Poster (2012, October)

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets. The magnetic field distribution around a bulk HTS magnet, however, is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the ... [more ▼]

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets. The magnetic field distribution around a bulk HTS magnet, however, is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the Bean model) compared to the rather flatter distribution around a ferromagnet. In the present work, we study how FeNi soft ferromagnetic alloys of different shapes can be combined with (RE)BCO bulk superconductors to improve the distribution of trapped field or its average value at the surface of the bulk sample. The FeNi ferromagnetic alloys are machined into pieces of various shapes (e.g. cylinder, cone) attached to the bottom surface of the bulk HTS disks. The magnetic properties of each ferromagnetic/superconductor (F/S) assembly are measured under axial magnetic field at 77 K. Small coils and Hall probe mappings provide the average magnetization and field distribution respectively. The results are compared to the intrinsic magnetic hysteresis curves of the magnetic alloys and of the superconductor. Measurements of the average magnetization show that the effects of the ferromagnetic alloys depend mainly on the volume of the ferromagnet and add up to the effect of the superconductor. However, at constant ferromagnetic volume, the shape of the ferromagnetic piece is found to influence the magnetic field penetration and distribution against the top surface of the superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk Horizon and Expected Market Returns
Hübner, Georges ULg; Lejeune, Thomas ULg

E-print/Working paper (2012)

The paper proposes an equilibrium asset pricing model that accounts of the incomplete information on returns distribution and investors' preferences. Only moments up to order four of unknown unconditional ... [more ▼]

The paper proposes an equilibrium asset pricing model that accounts of the incomplete information on returns distribution and investors' preferences. Only moments up to order four of unknown unconditional distribution can be observed, and the model does not impose that portfolio diversi fication or moments preference should hold. Using Chebyshev-type of inequalities, an intuitive risk measure (risk horizon) is introduced with reference to the speed of convergence of a security's mean return to its expectations. By an arbitrage argument, this risk measure is related to the horizon of treasury securities in a system of equations that allows the calibration of the model parameters using term structure information. In particular, the expected return on the market portfolio can be endogenously estimated inside this system. The model calibration on U.S. market data provides plausible parameters estimates and interesting cyclical patterns in the time series of the expected return. The empirical relevance of these estimates is examined with tests of statistical and economic predictive ability for stock excess returns. The results provide signi ficant evidence on the added value of the estimates when compared to popular predictors found in the literature (see a.o. Lettau and Ludvigson, 2001; Rapach and Wohar, 2006; Goyal and Welch, 2008). [less ▲]

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See detailPotential of CE/MS for Small Carboxylic Acids Analysis as Alternative to GC/MS Reference Analytical Methods
Far, Johann ULg; Falmagne, Jean-Bernard, ANALIS R&D; de l'Escaille, François, ANALIS R&D et al

Poster (2012, October)

GC/MS (Gas Chromatography coupled to Mass Spectrometry) is the analytical method of choice for carboxylic acids analysis because of good sensitivity, low limit of detection and the possibility to compare ... [more ▼]

GC/MS (Gas Chromatography coupled to Mass Spectrometry) is the analytical method of choice for carboxylic acids analysis because of good sensitivity, low limit of detection and the possibility to compare the pattern of fragmentation with existing databases for identification. However GC requires that the analytes are volatile. If it is not the case, the use of chemicals in order to perform the derivatization is mandatory, this may induce analytical bias. CE (Capillary electrophoresis) is a technique of choice for ions separation without prior treatments. The method is fast and do not require highly technical skills. A UV detector is the most common detection method; however electrospray mass spectrometry detection is recently gaining interest, while it really helps for structural information of the detected compounds. In this poster, the preliminary results of CE/MS analysis of several carboxylic acids are presented. All carboxylic acids are analyzed without any sample pretreatment. These acids looked at are from the “Citric Acid Cycle” including pyruvate and some isotope labeled analogues but also glyoxylate, lactate, oxalate and tartrate. Moreover, the preliminary results of a sample preparation approach to remove phosphate salts are presented. Phosphate is a very common salt that is often used in biological buffers but prevents the derivatization of carboxylic acid for GC/MS analysis and reduces the reproducibility of results for both GC/MS and CE/MS analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailRose-Marie François : des mots et des langues
Pagnoulle, Christine ULg

Book published by L3 (2012)

The book brings together thirteen texts commenting on various aspects of Rose-Marie François' work as a poet, whether in actual collections or in novels. The essays move from a personal biographical ... [more ▼]

The book brings together thirteen texts commenting on various aspects of Rose-Marie François' work as a poet, whether in actual collections or in novels. The essays move from a personal biographical approach to more academic analyses of motifs or prosodic forms. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly-SiGe-based MEMS Xylophone Bar Magnetometer
Rochus, Véronique; Jansen, R.; Tilmans, H. A. C. et al

in IEEE SENSORS 2012 (2012, October)

This paper presents the design, fabrication and preliminary characterization of highly sensitive MEMS-based Xylophone Bar Magnetometers (XBMs) realized in imec’s poly-SiGe MEMS technology. Key for our ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the design, fabrication and preliminary characterization of highly sensitive MEMS-based Xylophone Bar Magnetometers (XBMs) realized in imec’s poly-SiGe MEMS technology. Key for our Lorentz force driven capacitively sensed resonant sensor are the combination of reasonably high Q-factor and conductivity of imec’s poly-SiGe, our optimized multiphysics sensor design targeting the maximization of the Q-factor in a wide temperature range as well as our proprietary monolithic above-CMOS integration and packaging schemes. Prototypes 3-axis devices were fabricated and characterized. We present optical vibrometer and electrical S-parameter measurements of XBMs performed in vacuum with a reference magnet at increasing sensor separation. The optical oscillation amplitude is well correlated with the magnetic field amplitude. The electrical 2-port measurements, 1st port as Lorentz force actuator and 2nd port as capacitive sensor, also reproduces the designed magnetic field dependence. This opens the way towards the on-chip integration of small footprint extremely sensitive magnetometers. [less ▲]

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See detailForce musculaire isocinétique du couple quadriceps / ischio-jambiers des joueurs de rugby professionnels
Julia, Marc; Pereira, B.; Morand, D. et al

in Résumés des communications orales SFTS (2012, October)

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See detailInfluence of steam explosion on physico-chemical properties and hydrolysis rate of pure cellulose fibers
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg et al

in Bioresource Technology (2012), 121(221-227),

The aim of the present study is to compare the effect of different steam explosion treatments on physicochemical properties and hydrolysis rate of a pure bleached cellulose. The results showed that ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study is to compare the effect of different steam explosion treatments on physicochemical properties and hydrolysis rate of a pure bleached cellulose. The results showed that moderate steam explosion treatments (severity factor below 5.2) did not improve the enzymatic hydrolysis rate of the cellulose fibers. The characterization of the obtained samples showed an increase of the cellulose accessibility coupled with an increase of the overall crystallinity of the substrate. In these conditions, the higher accessibility is counterbalanced by the increased crystallinity. Indeed, a greater proportion of the substrat is accessible by only a fraction of the enzymatic complex (exo-glucanases) activities. When the severity factor reached 5.2, a decrease of the cellulose enzymatic hydrolysis rate was observed. In this case, TGA analysis showed an increase of the char level at the end of the pyrolysis which traduced an important thermal degradation of the samples. The thermal degradation of cellulose lead to an important change in substrate composition, which induced a decrease of the cellulose ratio available for hydrolysis and caused a decrease of the hydrolysis yields. [less ▲]

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See detailTADAM Traitement Assisté par DiAcétylMorphine: Profil des patients
Deblire, Clémence; Demaret, Isabelle ULg; Lemaître, André ULg

Poster (2012, October)

Background : TADAM est une étude contrôlée randomisée comparant un traitement par héroïne (HAT) avec des traitements par méthadone existants. Ce projet est toujours en cours mais nous disposons déjà de ... [more ▼]

Background : TADAM est une étude contrôlée randomisée comparant un traitement par héroïne (HAT) avec des traitements par méthadone existants. Ce projet est toujours en cours mais nous disposons déjà de données sur les patients au moment de leur inclusion. Nous analysons leur profil, particulièrement leurs caractéristiques criminologiques, et nous le comparons avec celui des participants aux autres expériences HAT. Méthodologie : Lors de l’inclusion, chaque patient a répondu à des questionnaires standardisés ainsi qu’à un questionnaire de délinquance et de victimisation auto-rapportées. Comme point de comparaison, nous avons sélectionné trois études européennes contrôlées randomisées sur le HAT. Nous avons ajouté une étude suisse, sans groupe contrôle, évaluant les effets de la prescription d’héroïne sur la délinquance des patients. Résultats : Nos patients sont plus âgés et plus souvent de sexe masculin. Ils bénéficient plus souvent d’allocations sociales et ont connu plus de traitements pour un problème d'addiction. Ces patients avaient un passé judiciaire aussi important qu’à l’étranger. Sur les six derniers mois, ils sont moins nombreux à avoir commis des actes délinquants mais le nombre d'actes commis est plus important. Les faits sont surtout liés à la drogue ou à la propriété. Conclusion : Nos patients étaient moins nombreux à être délinquants mais il y aurait plus de professionnalisation qu'à l'étranger. Le plus petit nombre de délinquants pourrait s'expliquer par la moyenne d'âge plus élevée de nos patients, la plus grande proportion d'allocataires sociaux ou encore par le recours plus important à des traitements pour leur(s) addiction(s). [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modelling of an in situ ventilation test in Callovo-Oxfordian claystone
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Talandier, J.; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

Poster (2012, October)

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See detailThe Study of Pottery
Mas, Juliette ULg

Speech (2012)

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See detailModelling the excavation damaged zone in Callovo-Oxfordian claystone with strain localization
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Levasseur, Séverine ULg et al

Conference (2012, October)

Gallery excavation in clayey rocks induces stress perturbations that trigger damage propagation. The excavation process creates then the so-called excavation damaged zone in which properties are modified ... [more ▼]

Gallery excavation in clayey rocks induces stress perturbations that trigger damage propagation. The excavation process creates then the so-called excavation damaged zone in which properties are modified. The prediction of the extension and especially of the fracturing structure in this zone remains a crucial issue in the context of underground storage. Since strain localization in shear band mode is frequently observed in experimental works, the excavation damaged zone can be modeled by considering the development of strain localization bands. A hydro-mechanical modelling of a gallery excavation is performed. The numerical results exhibit an excavation damaged zone extension similar to the in situ measurements and provides information about the rock state within this zone. [less ▲]

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See detailAménagement et préservation du patrimoine géologique en province de Liège (Belgique): les géosites d'Ampsin et des Tchafornis (Engis)
Mottequin, Bernard ULg; Barchy, Laurent; Chevalier, Emmanuel et al

in Annales de la Société Géologique du Nord (2012), 19 (2ème série)

Several initiatives intended to highlight the geological heritage have been recently developed in the Liège province (Belgium). The Ampsin and Tchafornis (Engis) geosites rank among them. The Ampsin ... [more ▼]

Several initiatives intended to highlight the geological heritage have been recently developed in the Liège province (Belgium). The Ampsin and Tchafornis (Engis) geosites rank among them. The Ampsin geosite shows the clear-cut passage between the shallow carbonate facies of the Middle Viséan and the terrigenous detrital facies of the Namurian. The Tchafornis geosite gives the opportunity to observe a superb example of biostrome with large colonial rugose corals of the base of the Upper Frasnian (Upper Devonian). Both are located in disused quarries and also give prominence to the regional extractive industry. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of lumbopelvic movement control in tennis players with and without low back pain
GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULg; Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Lemaire, Vincent et al

Poster (2012, October)

Relevance: LBP is common among tennis players. More than one third of professional tennis players reported LBP as reason for missing at least one tournament. As impaired lumbar motor functions have been ... [more ▼]

Relevance: LBP is common among tennis players. More than one third of professional tennis players reported LBP as reason for missing at least one tournament. As impaired lumbar motor functions have been associated with LBP, it appears particularly relevant to assess lumbopelvic movement control in tennis players. Methods: Twenty amateur tennis players (male, 22.9 ± 3.0 years) were included. Subjects were pooled into two groups: 10 players with chronic LBP (mean pain duration: 3.1 ± 2.6 years, pain severity score: 3.5/10 on a pain visual analogue scale) and 10 players without LBP. The Bent Knee Fall Out (BKFO) test was used to assess the players’ ability to control movement of lumbopelvic region. BKFO was performed in supine position and monitored by means of two pressure biofeedback units inflated to 40 mmHg and positioned under the lumbar spine of the participant. The reliability of this test has been previously assessed. Players were instructed to make an active abduction-external rotation movement of the hip (45°) without concomitant lumbopelvic movement of the pelvis and low back. Pressure modification (mmHg) was recorded, each side was assessed. Results: Tennis players with LBP had a worse lumbopelvic movement control than players without LBP both for dominant (9.0 mm Hg vs 3.4 mmHg, P<0.05) as well for the non-dominant side (9.1 mmHg vs 4.6 mmHg, P<0.05). Conclusions: Tennis players with LBP experience similar alterations of motor control as those observed in sedentary people with LBP. However, it remains unclear if these alterations are the cause of the consequence of chronic LBP. Implications: Further prospective studies should assess the cause or effect relationship and should determine whether motor control exercises are effective in tennis players with chronic LBP. [less ▲]

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See detailINTERRATER AGREEMENT OF CLINICAL TESTS/SIGNS USED TO IDENTIFY PATIENTS WITH LUMBAR FUNCTIONAL INSTABILITY
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Emmanuel, P.; DISTREE, Vincent ULg et al

in Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (2012, October), 42(10), 57

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See detailDistinctive aspects of laboratory testing to evaluate mineral and bone metabolism in patients with chronic kidney disease
Souberbielle, Jean-Claude; Cheriet, Sarah; CAVALIER, Etienne ULg

in Joint Bone Spine (2012), 79(suppl 2), 99-103

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See detailDemystifying ethnic/sex differences in kidney function: is the difference in (estimating) glomerular filtration rate or in serum creatinine concentration?
Pottel, Hans; Hoste, Liesbeth; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2012), 413(19-20), 1612-17

BACKGROUND: The recent evaluation of the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation for estimating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in multiple ethnicities has raised the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The recent evaluation of the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation for estimating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in multiple ethnicities has raised the question on how well this equation performs for African-American and Asian subjects. There is no doubt that serum creatinine (Scr) concentration differs between ethnicities and sexes. We show that creatinine-based equations for white populations may be inaccurate for estimating GFR in other ethnic/gender groups, especially in populations from Asia. METHODS: This study presents a mathematical analysis of the CKD-EPI-equation complemented with a literature review of median and reference values for IDMS-standardized Scr-concentrations for multiple ethnicities. RESULTS: The study shows that at equal eGFR-CKD-EPI-values, the ratio of Scr between females and males equals 0.79 and between other ethnicities/sexes and white males is constant too. From this information, it is possible to calculate mean Scr-values that correspond very well with literature values directly obtained from Scr-distributions in healthy white males and females and in black males, but the discrepancy is larger for other populations. CONCLUSIONS: Our results confirm the criticism that has been raised for using the CKD-EPI-equation for these ethnicities. An alternative eGFR-model is proposed based on a population-normalized Scr that needs further validation. [less ▲]

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